by Lisa Lipkind Leibow, Author of Smart Women’s Fiction
We spent one full day exploring the Volcano. We started with a guided hike into the caldera. We investigated lava trees, Pele’s tears, cracks. We observed how the fast moving lava hardened in jagged rocks. Slow flow was all smooth and swirly.
We toured various scenic overlooks within the park, Sea Arch, Thurston Lave Tube. We wanted to see the Petroglyphs, but when we got in the car to drive from the Sea Arch to the Petroglyphs, the car wouldn’t start. Eek! We were 17 miles from the visitor’s center in the park. We finally got it started and decided to skip the petroglyphs and drive back to the house for a rest before our big plan for the night.
We took a break for a couple of hours, and headed out to a pizza place we read about in the tour book. But it was closed, so we found a little sandwich shop and ate there instead. It was a nice surprise. The sandwiches were all on homemade bread. I had an ono fish sandwich. The others sate pastrami, roast beef, and turkey. We filled our bellies and then drove the 1 ½ route down route 130 to view the lava flowing into the ocean. An entire neighborhood devastated by the lava flow. We drove to the road closing and walked the rest of the way to the county officials.
We could see flare-up red glowing ground in the distance and where the lava splashed into the ocean, it splashes up into the air in red glowing spray. It was so far way I couldn’t photograph it with the camera we have. However, I’ll never forget the amazing sight of new land being formed.
After witnessing the volatile birth of an island, we headed back to Rooster cottage so we could get an early start driving back to Kona to catch our flight to Maui.