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20080308 - Hawaii Day Nine

2008.03.08
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Today was Lava Saturday! We slept in and went out to breakfast, then we went down highway 130 to wait in line to go see the lava flowing across the road. We got there about 12:30 and waited around until they opened the gate at 2, but it was worth the wait. It was a pretty awesome sight to be within 5 feet of flowing lava from an active volcano. We spent a couple hours walking around and taking photos. The path was supposed to lead to the lava going into the ocean, but the lava had a different idea about that. It flowed across the path we were meant to take, so we didn't get to go see it hitting the ocean. Even without the ocean viewing, it was a pretty incredible experience.

The area was totally packed with people, a mix of locals and tourists because the rangers said this is the closest that the lava has been to the road in 6 or 7 years. Lucky us to be here!
14 Comments
LostAspen Lava! Cool!! Very nice pictures!
LostAspen · 2008-03-09: 00:39
marikos Nice pics.
marikos · 2008-03-09: 00:57
joycephotography That is so cool and what great memories the two of you will share.
joycephotography · 2008-03-09: 00:58
????? wow awesome chance to see that ..thanks for the photos:)so cool!!
????? · 2008-03-09: 01:54
peregol Bellissime!!!!
peregol · 2008-03-09: 04:17
DancingDolphin Incredible!! Something most of us will never see, so thanks for sharing the experience. I had no idea "what" it would look like.
DancingDolphin · 2008-03-09: 14:55
????? PUDDING... fantastic..!
????? · 2008-03-09: 20:53
TheCrazyCroat YES! I'm so thrilled you were able to see the lava. You see lava = We see lava! lol

All of the pics are awesome!
TheCrazyCroat · 2008-03-09: 21:20
lexlevans whoa! kind of scary. did you touch it? haha. just kidding... i hope. lava makes for some really awesome photos! :-)
lexlevans · 2008-03-09: 22:03
focussed I love the blackness of it all except for the hot lava and green ferns growing randomly in the cracks. How totally amazing....was it hot?!......stupid question I know....lol..but I mean, the general area...was it really warm?
focussed · 2008-03-10: 00:51
vollenda That's so beautiful. Nature in all it's destructiveness can be breathtaking. The textures and the colors are incredible.
vollenda · 2008-03-10: 12:51
mattandbranson I feel like a broken record here, but these shots are amazing! I need to come up with some more creative comments, but I am too busy scrolling up to sneak another peek every couple minutes!

I think your trip to Hawaii is one of MY favorite vacations by this point! LOL!!! Thanks for sharing!
mattandbranson · 2008-03-11: 21:09
majikmonkee These are awesome! Lava fascinates me, though I don't think I'd be daring enough to get that close to it! Added #2 as my first favorite.
majikmonkee · 2008-03-12: 18:28
hutchinsonshaun The contours in foto 1 are absolutely amazing, I love these shapes and forms i think you are so fortunate to capture these. Truly a natural phenomenon. The orange accent colour work wonderfully with black. I always see this colour combination in concept car and product designs i see. Now i see the real point of there inspiration. The beauty of some of natures most dangerous objects can be quite outstanding.

Great stuff..!
hutchinsonshaun · 2008-03-14: 16:50
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