Monday, March 30, 2009

Volcano Visit

I always wondered what a "real volcano" would look like and alas, I have seen one! We went to the Volcano National Park last Thursday near Hilo, Hawaii. This part of the island gets so much rain, it would probably get pretty depressing! During our visit to this side of the island, we saw way too much rain, but it subsided just a few moments for us to hop out of the car and take some pictures. The steam rising from the volcano is there all the time. When we went to the Visitor's Center, the Park Rangers showed us a video from the day before where there was some activity this same place and you could see the ash coming up. Yikes!!! You can also visit during the evening to see some of the red lava, however, we were not able to be there during that time. There is a road that circles around this section, but part of it has been closed due to the toxic gases and activity. When you think about it, it is a bit scary, but I'm so glad we were able to visit. It really is amazing to see mother nature at work.

On another part of the island, we visited a lava tube. This is where the lava runs underground. Can you imagine lava flowing out of this? You certainly wouldn't want to be close by, now would you! When we talked about living on this island, we discussed the possibility of the volcano erupting and causing great devastation. We heard that it usually erupts every 215 years and its been 218 years since the last eruption. Hum .... and there has been activity there. But, the islanders are very "laid back" and I think they don't even worry about it. I kind of think it is like living here in Norfolk and dealing with hurricanes. You could get one . . . but we don't think of that all the time.

I learned so much on this trip and I'm excited to be able to share it with you! I wish I had another week off from work so sit down and scrapbook this trip, but that's not the case. I did sleep very well last night, so hopefully I won't be so tired today! In the next post, I'll share with you some of the lush greenery on the island. Hope you have a great day!


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