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Lava Ocean Entry - Real Lava!
February 12, 2007
Today I was determined to hike all the way out to the East Lae'apuki ocean entry which was the entry that Robin and I had first hiked to on
the ocean entry.  I wanted to go see.  I left around 1:00 PM to give myself plenty of time to get out there and get situated before dark.  Trip out
4.26 mi., 3 hrs.) = white line, while there (1.09 mi., 3 hrs.) = yellow line, trip back )(3.94 mi., 3 hrs.) = red line, total 9.29 mi..  Start 1:00 PM,
end 10:00 PM,
9 hrs..  Again, the roads shown above do not exist, they are covered by lava.  Click map images to enlarge.
(4:13:43 PM) This lava looks normal
enough but notice the heat waves
coming off it.  Watch out!
Now things start to get interesting as it starts to get dark...
(4:12:57 PM) This is where the rope ended -
it used to go all the way around the bench
area and back to the shore on the other side.  
I guess they took it down because of the
surface lava going through.  The light gray
lava is new.
(5:02:10 PM) ["Wait"]  Looking back
toward the coast, there's this
interesting formation...
(5:09:51 PM) A closer look at the
normal-looking lava shows some red...
(5:19:56 PM) This is a view of the
"Wait" spot with my pack and the hot
lava field beyond
(5:22:44 PM) More people through the
heat waves
(5:02:56 PM) With steam coming from
it...  I'm not about to walk across that
new lava inside the roped area to look
(5:03:26 PM) Some people who came
from the other side distorted by the
heat waves.
(5:07:24 PM) Another group...
(3:48:55 PM) This is the "bench" that has built
up over time from the lava flows.  Robin & I
were on the other side of this last
(3:43:01 PM) My first encounter with
the rope.
(3:49:16 PM) This is a view of the sea wall -
the coastline before the bench was created.  
You can see how the lava flowed over the
These are close-ups of the path I took once I got there.  First, I encountered the rope that is put out by the National Park Service to keep
people out of the danger area at the
East Lae'apuki lava zone.  I followed the rope down to the coast, then followed it back inland until it
ended (4th picture in this sequence).  You can see my path as I encountered the hot lava and turned back, often marked by "Hot" and
"Lava".  As you will see from the photos, the hot lava was not necessarily immediately visible - it just started getting really hot as I walked
along and decided it would be best not to go there!  A very dangerous situation!  The spot marked "Wait" was where I left my pack, sort of a
home base, as I explored around to find the best locations to take pictures from as it got dark.
(5:21:54 PM) A view of the coast
through the heat waves.  
Lots of heat
(5:24:10 PM) Another view of the
"Wait" spot with red-hot lava in the
upper right corner.  I'm parked pretty
much right on the edge.
(5:31:43 PM) The following photos were
taken at the location marked "Lava" at the
very northernmost portion of my track above.  
I walked right around the "Lava Photo"
location without seeing it.  That came after
As you can see, the hot lava is not all that apparent in daylight.  It would be easy to just walk right into this stuff if you weren't paying
attention!  These pictures, by the way, were taken without zoom.  I was close enough to poke my hiking stick into it.  The outer surface was
sort of doughy, then my stick would poke through and red hot lava would leak out the hole and my stick would catch fire.
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