In Volcanoes National Park, we enjoyed more generous weather... more blue sky, more comfortable temperatures. And also spectacular volcanic activity. It's a place that makes me appreciate the scale of planet building! It also makes me feel respectfully, mindfully small!
In one epic adventure day we were up before dawn to see the lava glow within the Halema'uma'u Crater, then on a double hike down into Kilauea Iki Crater, up again and around the rim, and then through the Thurston Lava Tube! It was such a treat to share this with the children, who were enthralled and each uniquely engaged in the adventure.
Suddenly we see the crater floor. The depths and heights and distances make it impossible to know the scale.
Banana break. We reached the bottom, and paused to take in the scene. We are sitting inside the caldera of an active volcano!
Taking a moment, to catch my breath, to marvel at the scenery and to be utterly astonished at how much better the cell reception is in a caldera than back in our home!
Anxiously awestruck... the drop is sheer and unforgiving!
Next: Thurston Lava Tube!
We like the free Blogger app enough to add it to the iPad, so soon I can post pictures from my Big Black Beautiful Camera. Although, all this posting might slow down, too... we're in Kona, now, and the ocean is calling!
*thank you, iPhone, for taking remarkably worthwhile images!