Monday, August 5, 2013

Big Island Day 7 Part 2

After ziplining, we continued driving around the island.  We passed through Hilo and it was raining.  Karl was so happy and wondered why we weren't staying on the rainy side of the island since he loves the rain so much.  Mental note for next time to get him to come back to Hawaii with me.

As we were driving, we passed a little polynesian cemetery.  It was so interesting so we pulled over and got out and walked around and appreciated the cultural differences in this little cemetery on the side of the road vs. the cemeteries that we see in Utah.  I took some pictures (not to be touristy or disrespectful) but to record the beauty and peace of this place.

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We hopped back in the car and drove south until we got to Volcano National Park.  Karl and I had been "ehhh" about visiting (I had looked at the volcano webcam online and saw it) and so many people told us that it is incredible and we couldn't miss it so we decided to go.  We were so happy we did because there is nothing like it.  IT WAS AMAZING!  We went and ate at the Volcano House restaurant that has a giant window that you can watch the volcano smoking while you eat lunch.  Incredible - we couldn't take our eyes off that window!

The waitress told us that this volcano was a "friendly" volcano.
After lunch we visited a few of the sights around the park.  We saw the steam vents where hot steam is coming out of the earth, a lookout where you can see the crater and volcano "close up", and the thurston lava tubes where hot magma traveled before the outside hardened into these cave-like tubes.  Half of the park was closed at the time while we were there due to dangerous sulfur emissions.  Cool!

Me at the volcano!
Karl at the volcano!
It started raining on our hike and we LOVED it.  We had to put my camera up our shirts and we looked a little strange.
Me with a tree
Here are some pictures from my camera that I took on these hikes around volcano national park.

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Incredible entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube:
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