Photos 9, page 37
Photos 9 -
Photos 9 -
It's baaack! (almost) Again
July 7, 2016
The numbered stars indicate photo locations.  The diamonds are GPS waypoints.
Being a glutton for punishment, I just had to try it again.  I lightened my pack a little (from 35-40 lbs. to about 30 - I don't
know what weighs so much!  The 3 liters of water I carry weigh about 6 lbs. The only other weighty thing is my cheap
aluminum WalMart tripod.)  I was also planning to use the "shortcut" the ranger and told me about on July 4.  And I thought
maybe I'd do better this time having had July 4 as a warm-up.  Nope.  I made it about the same distance and although I was
only a third of a mile from the lava, I turned back.  If I'd never seen lava before, I'd have pressed on, but "been there-done
that" so I made sure I had enough gas to make it back.  That's always the bottom line.  As it was, I was hobbling pretty good
by the time I got back.  8.8 miles in 5.25 hrs.
12:37 PM
My usual stop at
Kilauea Iki.  
Weather's different today...
1:27 PM @ *3
Temperature in the 70s, mostly sunny, with a good 15-20 mph wind blowing in
my face.  I had to keep my head down so it didn't blow my hat off...
1:57 PM @ *4
Here's a crew retrieving one of the
signs that had blown off.  They thought
it was vandals - I set them straight...
(It took 3 guys to go out and get one sign)
2:54 PM @ *5
All that silvery stuff is new lava...
Note the helicopter, upper right...
These are zoomed images
3:40 PM @ *6
A gash has opened and fresh lava is
flowing, left of center and a little below,
just above the slanted shadow line.
Probably not the same chopper...
3:55 PM @ *9
A wide-angle view.  The lava flow is
center, to the right of the people...
3:56 PM @ *9
spreading out on the coastal flats.
And that was pretty much it.  I had seen people crossing in front of me and projected a waypoint to aim for.  But was just
too tired and I had to hike all the way back.  So, even though I probably was only a third of a mile or so from the lava, I just
didn't want to push it too far.  Because once I got there, I'd do a lot of walking around there too.  And
then I'd have to hike
back.  Like I said before, if I'd never seen it before, I'd have pushed on, but since I'd already seen it quite a few times (see
index) I don't need to do it again - that bad...  But I was really disappointed...
My upper path (in green) on 7/7 (see above)
My lower path (in light green) on
Right place, wrong time.
The active lava flow on Kilauea Volcano's south
flank crossed the emergency access road in Hawai?i
Volcanoes National Park this afternoon around
3:20 p.m., HST, providing wonderful lava-viewing
experiences for Park visitors. A section of the road
can be seen here, with fume from the active lava
tube in the far distance behind it, and the active
flow front in the foreground. The flow front
continued to advance, and was less than 100 meters
(yards) from the ocean a few hours later (when this
photo was taken). The lava flow reached the ocean
about 01:15 a.m. July 26.
Flow 61G reached the emergency access road
inside Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on July 25
at 3:20 pm and crossed the road in about 30
minutes. At 4:00 pm, the flow front was
approximately 110 m (0.07 miles) from the ocean.
The flow front remains active and consists of
slowly advancing pāhoehoe. There are scattered
breakouts along the margins of the flow on the
coastal plain and base of the pali. During the
overflight today, the flow front was 730 m (0.45
miles) from the ocean.
Just over two months since the start of the 61g
flow, it reached the ocean on July 26 at 1:15 am
HST. The narrow ocean entry was creating a small
plume of gas and steam during today's overflight as
the lava came into contact with the ocean.
The 61g lava flow continues to stream into the
ocean, with two entry points observed today: the
original one, where lava first entered the ocean on
July 26 (near center of photo), and a smaller one to
the west (far left side of photo). The ocean entries
are adding lava to the rubble at the bottom of the
sea cliff. Black sand—formed by the interaction of
hot lava and cool seawater, as well as by wave
erosion of the rocky cliff—is also accumulating
along the coastline.
Photo comparison of the emergency access road
from July 25, the day the lava first crossed (left),
and today August 5 (right). The flow is now
approximately 200 m (650 ft) wide on the road and
has inflated to a few meters tall (HVO geologist for
The following are pictures from local news web pages.  Let them do the walking!
The following pictures are from USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Photo & Video Chronology, updated often...
Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
Maybe I'll become a birdwatcher...
This is interesting...

These are moth tracks on the soot
inside the chimney for a candle...

Shower 1.0
I schemed this thing up.  I'd normally use a
couple of 5-gallon buckets but I didn't have the
vertical room so I had to use shorter buckets.  I
took some heavy-duty flower pots and plugged
up the holes in the bottom.  Then I rigged up all
this other stuff.  I made it so I could lower the
upper bucket, fill it, and raise it into place.  Then I
could pull a rope and tip the upper bucket into
the lower bucket with holes in the bottom.

Shower 2.0

The water was heavier than expected.  It's only
about 3 gallons, which weighs 25 lbs.  I had to beef
up and brace the horizontal board and use bigger
It was also hard raising that bucket full of water with
the rope so I stopped doing that.  It's easier to just
climb up on a step ladder and pour it in...
Rat Cat likes the toilet...