Another Day at the Volcano
Volcano Travel Blog› entry 7 of 7 › view all entries
December 14th, 2007 – by: crystalware
Again we headed to Volcano's National Park in the hopes of actually getting out of the car. We stopped at the park headquarters to get my second stamp in my National Parks Passport and then did the Crater Rim drive in reverse to get to Chain of Craters Road faster. We zoomed down the road in the hopes of getting to the end where the lava closed the road before God decides to wring another rain cloud on our head. Luck would be on our side this time. We parked and made the half mile hike to the 2003 lava flow site. There is a trail that goes over the lava and closely follows where the road used to be. There were massive lava rocks that had broken up and road signs that were almost completely covered in lava rock.
We ended our day at the park by visiting the Thurston Lava Tube. This tube runs about 500 feet and is lit for adventurous types that think walking where lava once flowed is fun.
On our way back into Hilo, we stopped off at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory which if you don't is a cardinal Hawaiian sin. :) The gift shop offered free samples of some of their newest creations and a couple of the classics. We took the self-guided tour of the factory which is just across the road. You basically walk up the steps, and then like children passing a candy store, peer through the big windows at the workers below making the chocolates. I actually felt like I was being rude, peering through a window at them trying to make a living to support their family. I suppose they are okay with it by now though. I for one, hate macadamia's (Don't tell anyone in Hawaii that) but I did pick up some boxes to send back home. And wouldn't you know, before we made it to the car, it started raining.
Back to the hotel we go to dry ourselves off and grab a bite to eat.
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