Volcano's National Park

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Rainbow Falls
Today is the day we head south along the Belt Road to see Kiluaea. Before we head in that direction, there were a couple of things around Hilo we wanted to see. The first was Rainbow Falls, named appropriately for the rainbow that forms in the morning when the sun hits the waterfall mist. Since it was still raining the waterfall was actually really big. At the last minute, the sun decided to show just for a brief second, so we could see its wonderful rainbow.

Afterwards, we headed to Boiling Pots. Boiling Pots sits about 2 miles west of the falls so the drive was very short. Believe it or not, the pots are in the Wailuku River State Park which is also home to PeePee Falls. The story behind the boiling river: As the river passes through lava caves or lava tubes, it comes out in almost a different direction and makes the water seem as if it is boiling.
We could really tell it was boiling today because of all the rain but we didn't get to go down to the water  because the trail was really slippery.

Onward we go to grab some breakfast and then to Pana `ewa Rainforest Zoo just outside of Hilo, about 2 miles south. This is the nation's only rainforest zoo and I loved it. It is small and quaint but is put together and laid out very well. They have a White Bengal that was absolutely amazing. He mozied right up to the fence about 5 feet away from us. I have never been that close to a big cat and to look him in the eye, he seemed as gentle as a pussycat. The really neat thing about this zoo is that most of its animals are rescued from abusive conditions. Who is not a sucker for a great rescue story? We spent about an hour and a half here since I love animals but I think most recommend about an hour.


Well, we spent the rest of the day driving around Volcano's National Park in the rain. We didn't get out a whole lot because of the rain, only in places where there was only a mist. :) On this day we did the Crater Rim Drive which is about 11 miles long and circles the rim of Kilauea. Be sure to grab a map of the park that explains the lava flows and different craters within the volcano. We ventured off to do the Chain of Craters Road which is 36 miles and discends the summit to the coast. We did one hike (in the rain) at Mauna Ulu. After checking headquaters, we were told this would be our best shot at seeing lava but no such luck. We could see the steam but nothing more. (Dang it). We finished the drive to the bottom where the 2003 erruption covered the road but didn't get out to walk because it was pouring!

We decided to head home and try again tomorrow. Perhaps the rain would break and we could see more and do some more hiking. Home we go...


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Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls
Rainbow
Rainbow
Boiling Pots
Boiling Pots
Boiling pots
Boiling pots
hehehe
hehehe
Peepee Falls
Peepee Falls
Looking in the crater
Looking in the crater
Snow on Mauna Loa
Snow on Mauna Loa
Southwest Rift Zone
Southwest Rift Zone
After that hike
After that hike
Steam vents around the volcano
Steam vents around the volcano
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