|September 12, 2009
|Emboldened by my hike to Royal Gardens on 9/5, I decided to take a quick hike out the now
lava-covered road to where I used to park to do my lava hikes before they closed the road on
|In this view, I'm showing my hike today (green out, magenta back), my hike of 9/5 (faded blue
out, faded orange back), and my hike of 2/28/08 (blue out, faded pink back).
|Here I show my route out and back. The Google Earth image is somewhat older (you can actually see the parking area)
than when I took today's hike so I added the overlay that shows the most recent extent of the lava flows (pink area). The
yellow line indicates where the lava tube is supposed to be. A lava tube is a river of lava that has crusted over so that the
lava stays hot and flows underground. Sometimes these lava tubes collapse...
|This is the "booth" at the head of the trail down to the viewing area. Notice the hand-lettered "ALOHA" sign that basically
says you can't see anything! I'll be going down the road to the right of the container of the left-most photo.
|Views of EOR (End Of Road)
See 3/20 and 3/21/08 for day and
night views of this flow as it happened
|Up on the lava, looking back
|11:33 @ 004
(ridge) that slopes up to Royal Gardens is on the right. Royal Gardens is off the right edge of
|11:48 @ "1st Hse"
Here's a view in other direction, looking up at Royal Gardens
|11:36 @ 006
|There's that house I saw on 9/5. I was going to walk out to it but the heat waves discouraged me. My feet also started to
get hot ("Heat") and I knew I was near the lava tube. It thought it best to turn back...
|11:58 @ 010
Almost high noon. It's hot out here! I decided to head toward those two palm trees and find some shade. It turned out that
the brush was essentially impenetrable so I finally just flopped down in the bushes at "Rest". After I cooled down, I followed
the edge of the lava flow back to the road.