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Lava Hike
December 23, 2009
This was more for exercise than for any discovery.  I just wanted to finish the hike of two days
ago where I was going to head out to Royal Gardens.  I figured it was only a couple of miles
exploration and an hour back...  I even got an earlier start than usual to give me some extra
time to play when I got out there...
Well it turned out to be 3 miles and took me 2 hours to get out there (green line).  By the time I got there, I was so hot and
tired that after I ate some lunch I ended up dozing off and did get back on the trail for an hour and a half, at 1:40.  That
meant 2 hours back would be after 3:00 - the time I like to be out of the parking area.  As it turned out, using the GPS
allowed me to take a more direct route (magenta line) and I made it back in and hour and a half.  There were people
already there getting set up but I was able to get out of there without being arrested!
10:13 AM
Got an early start.
10:25 AM @ 003
The helicopters were out in force
today.  Here are two...
10:26 AM @ 003
I'm headed for the bottom of the
interested in that steam on the
left...vegetated area on the pali.  I'm
also
10:31 AM @ 004
You can see the plume from
Pu'u O'o
over the top of the
pali
10:32 AM @ 004
3 helicopters.  They made a racket all
day long...
10:52 AM approaching "Vent"
10:54 AM @ "Vent"
10:55 AM @ "Vent"
10:55 AM @ "Vent"
As you can see from the map image above right, I'm right on top of the lava tube (dull yellow
line).  Underneath my feet, probably not more than a foot or two feet down, is a river of lava...
11:01 AM
Looking back at the vent and the
ocean entry in the background
11:10 AM & 11:18 AM @ "Rest"
This was the only shade I could find out there.  I didn't even fit but I took a quick
break...
11:45 AM @ 012
Getting closer.  Not a cloud in the sky (that's fumes from Pu'u O'o above the ridge).  It's hot
and I'm tired.  The black lava absorbs some of the heat but you can see the reflectivity of it as
well which basically puts me in an oven...
11:55 AM @ 014
Getting even closer.  I have my eyes glued to the bottom of that slope on the left where the
trees meet the lava...
12:07 PM @ 016
The toe of the slope to the right of the vegetation.  Somewhere in here I sat and watched the lava
come down the hill on
2/28.  I marked it on the map as "2-28 Sit" but I didn't know exactly where it
was when I was out there - I forgot to upload the data point to my GPS before I came out...
12:10 PM
2:09 PM @ "Dot"
I'm headed for that little white dot in the
vegetation to the right of all those
houses in the distance.