Hawai’i National Volcano Park

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We visited Volcano Park a few times now to walk through a lava tube and enjoy all the park has to offer. It is just 30 minutes from us, a steady climb up hill and a fast drive back riding the brakes. For just $25 we bought a year pass to the park. The park is really well put together and is the largest tourist destination on the island.

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A beautiful Kalij Pheasant greeted us at the start of the lava tube trail:

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We viewed the caldron that has steam and sulfur billowing out of it:

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Along the edge of the cauldron there are steam vents to see. Get close enough and you can feel the heat of the steam on your face.

 

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A short stop at the visitor center. There are many relief maps, lava rocks and live seismographs to investigate.

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Then we drove down Chain of Craters road to the coast. We drove past the most recent lava flows from the 1970s and 1980s. When we reached the bottom of the decent, we may as well been in Arizona – it was hot and dry. The coastal water was beautiful, a striking contrast to the black lava flows.

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