Honeymoon Part 4: Volcano National Park

From Hilo we went to Volcano National Park. We never got to see molten lava; it was too far from the end of the road for us to hike there in the time we had. Also, the first day it was so cloudy and foggy we couldn't see much, so we spent a day and a half there. The next day the weather was better.

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The sulphur banks were areas where sulphur and water vapor were escaping from the ground. The sulphur would leave yellow deposits behind.
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Sue in front of the sulphur banks.
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Around the craters were lots of lava fields with sulphur vents and steam vents.
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More lava and steam vents. It was so foggy and cloudy this day, sometimes it was hard to tell the volcanic steam from the everyday fog.
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More sulphur.
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A big crater. Lots of these around the area.
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The other side of the crater.
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Around 1900 this crater was a huge pool of molten lava. Then the lava drained, and left this.
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A few years back this crack opened into the earth, and sheets of lava came up, some very tall.
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Sue in front of some tree ferns.
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Looking down on the ferns.
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A lava tube.
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Looking out of the lava tube. It was too dark, so the exposure was long and I couldn't hold the camera still enough. I needed a tripod.
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Inside the lava tube. Again, I needed a tripod.
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More tree ferns.
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That steam rising in the background is the steam from where lava was pouring into the ocean.
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Where the lava meets the ocean there are some impressive cliffs.
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Here it formed an arch.
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The road used to go much closer to the lava, but then a lava flow covered it.
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The steam in the distance again. The hike was too far, we never made it close enough to see the actual lava.
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There were places in the lava field where the lava didn't get to. For no apparent reason, this small patch of road was spared in the middle of the flow.
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Hiking down to the crater floor.
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Sue on the crater floor.
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Me on the crater floor.
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The crater floor again.
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Ohia trees with Lehua blossoms were growing all over the lava. This used to be the state flower of Hawaii.
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These ginger blossoms were not on the lava, but they were common in the jungle around it.
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