One of our destinations when we decided to go to the Big Island was to check out the volcano. We knew it was flowing. We left pretty early because we had a long drive ahead of us. The down side to us going when we did was the fact that it was raining. I know I said I drove when we first got there, but you better believe I wasn't going to drive while it was raining. I let my mom do the driving. While driving by the coast, I swear I saw a whale spouting water/air, whatever it does. But I saw it! I told my mom to pull over because there was a wide spot that appeared to be for cars pulling over and getting a view of the coast. It was the perfect spot because it wasn't that far from where I had seen the whale. I got out while I was telling my mom and sister about what I'd seen.
Yes and Nate
They got out of the car as well, and we were looking out towards the ocean, just waiting for the whale to come up again. Unfortunately, it never did. They thought I was imagining things. I told them not to be jealous of what I saw. Mind you, all this time it was raining, and we were out there in the cold! Well, we got back in the car and on we continued to drive. The farther we drove, the more deserted it appeared. Not that it needed any population to enhance the beauty that is Hawaii. We did see homes now and then, as well as gas stations. But they were few in between. I don't know what it is about winding roads being in all places that I've travelled to, but there was a part of the road that was really curvy! And being that it was raining, we were being very cautious!
We finally reached the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at it's starting point.
One of the signs said "Watch for cracks on the road." Well, we were watching closely after that. I didn't want to damage the rental! That would've been too expensive! But we did get the insurance, so I guess it didn't matter much. But we didn't want to go down in a huge crack either! Then we would have ended up in the land of the lost or something, with dinosaurs and Chaka being my friend! Just kidding. That would have been weird. We finally reached the entrance to the actual park where you get to drive around the craters and check out the steam vents. Now those vents are freaky! I mean, whose to say that you are standing there looking down at a vent and then lava starts coming out? But that didn't happen, so I guess I didn't mind.
You could also see in the distance more steam rising from the ground.
We drove to the rim of a crater and my sister Yvette, niece Yessie and myself got out of the car to check it out. My mom and nephew decided to stay in the car, where it was dry and cozy! So we were walking to the rim of the crater and talking. My sister asked me what I would do if it started shaking or heard a noise from down the crater. I said I'd run of course. Well, we reached the rim and we were looking down. Because it was raining we weren't able to get a good view, oh, I forgot to mention that it was foggy as well. :( But we could see some of it, but it was really hazy. Anywho, we were standing there just talking and trying to look down and get a better view when all of a sudden we hear a roar/grumble from down there.
on our way to the lave tube
We both looked at each other and in my head I was thinking, yeah right! It's my mind playing tricks. But then we heard it again. And while they were not super loud, they were loud enough to scare us, so we turned and ran back to the car. But then my sister remembered her daughter was there so she ran back 3 feet, grabbed her and ran back to the car. It may have been our active imaginations, but for us both to hear the same thing at the same time, maybe not. We laugh about it now because of the reactions we had when we heard to that noise.
We found a trail that leads to a lava tube. I didn't know what a lava tube was, but it sounded interesting. We decided to take that trail. We were walking and it's really pretty. We finally saw the enterance of the lava tuve and let me tell you, felt like I was going to have to do some stunts or something Indiana Jonish! Nah, just kidding.
into the lava tube we go
It was exiting. My mom didn't want to go thru it, she was saying what if lava started flowing while we were there. So we had to push her on thru! If it wasn't for the torches lighting the way, I would have been lost and then really gone to land of the lost! At one point, I had to lower my head or else I would have hit my head on the top of the tube! But, none of us fell, so that was good. But we made it thru! We didn't have to run from any lava! Not that I was worried about that.
The final thing we did at the park was head towards the point where we would be able to see the flowing lava hit the water. We drove down a long road. The scenery was mostly of past lava flows. And of course, parts of the road were winding, like always! We finally reached the point where you are no longer able to drive, and so we parked on the side of the road.
where does it lead to?
There was a spot where you are able to view the coast and at the bottom it was really dark. I think I read that it was black sand. So after looking at that, we started walking to the flow. It was a pretty long walk. We also had to walk on lava. It was slippery. I didn't fall, but I did slip a few times. My sister is the one that fell down! It was hillarious! We finally reached the point that says DO NOT PASS THIS POINT. Ok, so maybe I took one step pass that. Nothing happened. But from that point you are able to see this huge steam cloud! It was really huge! Gigantic even! The colosus of steam cloud! We wanted to stay until after dark to actually see the brightness of the lava, but we didn't because we had children with us. They needed their bed. So we headed back to our hotel and that was the end of that day!