|March 31, 2010
|had been happening lava-wise. It had stopped for awhile and then it started up again but was confined to the area above
the pali (ridge), about 5 very rough and steep miles away. Impossible to get to. But I decided to go out anyway...
By the way, all those streets and roads you see don't exist anymore - they're all covered by lava now.
|I headed out north, intending to explore possible ways up the pali. The weather forecast was for winds of 10-20 mph with
gusts up to 50! It wasn't very long before I believed them! There's nothing out there to stop the winds so I swear it was
more like winds of 50 mph with gusts of 10-20 mph! I'd battled winds like this once before and decided not to bang my
head against the wall, as it were, and do it again! So I turned back and just did a little exploring around the official view
area. I went out to the new public viewing area ("View"), then circled around and went down to the old viewing area ("Old
View"). Then I went down to the coast and found the road that leads up through the woods past where I used to park the
car ("Old Park") and back up to where I'd parked the car this time. 2.8 miles, 2 hours.
The left image above is from a couple of years ago from Google Earth. The right image has an overlay showing the new
lava flows in pink.
|I started out with the idea that I would
try and find a way up the pali.
Somewhere over the top of that ridge,
extremely steep and rough - I'd tried
getting up there several times before
and couldn't make it. This time I
thought I might try another area that
looked to have a shallower slope.
Where's the lava? Just follow the
|After turning back, I intercepted the new trail to the new viewing area ("Trail") and followed it out to the viewing area. Then
I went up (northeast) into the woods that was burned by the lava intrusion back in October of 2009. What you see above
are what they call "tree molds". The lava flows around live trees and, because of the sap and the green wood, they don't
immediately burn. Instead, the sap boils off, drawing off the heat, and the lava cools around the trunk of the tree. Finally,
the tree burns away, leaving these holes in the lava.
|April 8, 2010
|Alright already! I'm going! The suspense was killing me. I got my new hiking boots in the mail (see below) and decided to
test them out. I meant to just go out and walk around a little bit and see how the boots felt but it felt so good to be hiking, I
just kept going.
|I started out (green line) in the same direction I'd taken on March 31 (see above). I was looking for an easier path up the
pali. Most places it was so steep and rough, it was prohibitive, at least for a fat old man like me! I thought if I headed a too
hot, not too much wind - I'd see what I could find. The left image above is using Google Earth's imagery which is at least a
couple of years old. On the right, I put in an overlay that shows the recent lava flows (in pink) and the most recent flow, as
of today, in red.
|So I headed off more to the right than I usually do and, as it turned out, the slope wasn't too bad after all and I was feeling
good and the new boots weren't bothering me (yet - they did later!) so I just kept going. I had gotten a late start but I
figured I'd go up for a couple of hours and then turn back - just to test the terrain for later. But I actually made it up far
enough to find that lava and came back very satisfied. It may look like I was walking around the hot lava (the red area) but
that's misleading. In the right image, you can see where I came across the lava at "Hot" and then skirted it down to the
bottom of the flow at "Poke 3". I don't know when they went out and marked the flow (I often see them out there) but the
lava wasn't over as far as the red area shows when I was there, which was fairly late in the day. It could very well be that I
just didn't get my overlay aligned correctly - for a far view it works fine but I don't know that a closer view will stand up.
|As I said above, I was testing out new boots. That's because my
old ones wore out. I don't know how well you can see in the
photo, but I'd worn right through the toes of the boots as well as
wearing the tread off the bottoms! And I'd only owned them since
January of last year! I don't think there was any melt action going
on but it could have been a contributing factor!
|OK, enough talk, let's get to the pictures!
|12:52 PM just after "Park"
I think that light-colored flow at the top of the pali could be new stuff.
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|I'm thinking if I head up to the right, the slope will be less steep and I might be able to make it....
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|Want to know where the honey is? Just follow the bees! Want to know where the lava is? Just follow the helicopters!
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