This was our first look at the lava
Looking back up the hill that we just
came down.
There's the road we just came down,
to the right of the previous photo.
Our first view of the lava plume from the
bottom of the hill.  The road to the
Ranger Station is on the left.
The waves crashing on the shore were almost as interesting as the lava plume
4:00 PM.  We're on the way.  This is
looking back toward the Ranger Station
as we leave the road and enter the lava
If we could continue along this road for
another 8-10 miles, we'd be at our
"End of Trail"
From now on there are only widely
spaced posts to show the path.  
Otherwise, you're on your own for the
next 3 miles.
The temperature wasn't too bad, mid-70s, but it was raining off and on with a good stiff wind blowing in our faces.  We
started out with our rain jackets on but the rain stopped and we soon got hot, so off they came.  Then, of course, it
started to rain again.  We got wet enough that it didn't matter if we put the jackets in or not, so we just got wet.  When it
stopped raining, the wind would dry us out pretty good until it started raining again.  With the wind, the rain would be a
pelting rain driving straight in our faces, much like the rain on the windshield of a car driving down the road.  It would
splatter my glasses so badly, I could barely see - I needed windshield wipers!
Walking on lava is a challenge in itself.  The ups and downs were what really took the energy out of you so you would
want to look ahead and plot a fairly level path then look down and watch where you put your feet.  You always had to
watch your feet because the surface was so irregular and you definitely didn't want to fall down or turn and ankle or
break a leg!  So walking was a process of pausing, choosing a path, looking down and taking a few steps, pausing,
choosing a path...  One's course was like a sailboat tacking with the wind as you meandered through the humps and
valleys.  You probably end up walking twice the actual distance you actually cover.
This our first set-up at the far right end
of the rope boundary
Signs at the rope
Some people didn't heed them and
went closer.  We were good kids and
stayed behind the line.
Click photo
Click photo
Click photo
Huge files, but worth it.  The sound you hear is wind, not volcanic activity
The steam, to a great extent obscured the actual lava, except when it bubbled and spouted up like this.
You can see the steam become blurrier as darkness came and the camera had to use longer exposure times
Makes for an interesting effect, doesn't it?
Photo 2, page 12
August 6, 2006
Lava walk to lava entry into the ocean
Signs along the coast
Color adjusted for sign
Now we moved up along the rope
This is our new location.  This is where
I set up the tripod in preparation for