Photos 7, page 21
Lava Hike
January 13, 2011
At it again!  The lava had stopped coming down the hill soon after Cathy and I visited on November 21.  Well, it's back!  I
gave up the ghost after 5
1/2 years.  I just got it and really wanted to test it out.  Today, the good news was that it was
overcast so it probably wouldn't get too hot.  The bad news was that it was overcast which generally means rain.  It wasn't
raining when I started out but I could hear thunder in the distance.  The humidity must have been about 99% because,even
several times and by the time I got back I was completely soaked.  It wasn't a very good day for pictures because it was so
hazy and smoky and rainy.  I only shot 71 pictures and one test movie (looks good!) the whole trip.
The white line is the track of my route with the car as I drove out to the end of the road (EOR) to see what the visitors' area
looked like.  Then I headed back up and around to Uncle's to park.  The green line is the hike out (3.1 mi.)and the magenta
line is the hike back (3.8 mi).  About 5 hours...
This is where I parked, at Uncle Robert's Awa Bar.  Actually Uncle Robert's is on the left behind
the Hawaiian Honey display.  This place used to be a quiet sleepy little place where you could
go and drink awa and listen to the breeze blow.  And then the lava came.  Now they've got
amplifiers and music and they're trying to sell anything they can think of to the tourists.
11:06 AM @ EOR
I have to go all the way around to the
left and up the coast to get there
12:28 PM @ 010
First view.  You can see all the smoke and haze.
The smoke you see is from the location I marked as "Burn"
12:09 PM @ 009
I'm headed out to that little cliff on the left - it's only 6 or 8 feet high.  I'll get up
on it and follow the coast up to where the lava is.  Look at all the smoke and
haze in the center of the picture
12:32 PM
A little closer.  Can see the smoke
better.  The ocean entry is past that.
12:37 @ 012
Approaching Fox Beach.  See the guy
sitting there?
12:44 PM
Fox Beach
1:09 PM
Approaching "Burn".  There's lava
flowing in from the back.  If you look
close, you can see the new light
colored lava at the base of the smoke
smoke and haze and not the camera!  Or, God forbid, me!
1:12 PM near "Burn"
Zoom 6.6X
A look at the ocean entry farther up
the coast.

1:16 PM near "Burn"
Getting closer...

<-- 1:17 PM @ "Burn"

1:18 PM @ "Burn" -->
2:10 PM
Just to prove I can take a clear picture, this one is at full resolution (14M pixels, 5.6 MB).  Go
ahead, don't be shy, zoom right in!
2:21 PM @ 025
Looking back from what used to be
impenetrable vegetation.
2:04 PM
I ain't getting any closer, thank you very much!
I'm about 400 feet away.  That's a WAG (
Wild Ass Guess)
2:06 PM
There's some surface lava just inland.  
The light-colored stuff...

Zoom.  See? -->
This is how it's done:  stand sideways to the flow,
weight on left foot, lean out with arm fully extended,
and hold the very end of a six-foot hiking stick.  Any
closer and you are in danger of getting singed...
2:50 PM @ 027
Heading back, the old ocean entry is
up there somewhere on the right...
3:43 PM @ 010
Looking back.  The brown cloud is The
ocean entry is the whiter stuff in the
<-- 1:23 PM @ 018
To the left of the palm tree that looks
ocean plume.  It's below the black dot
in the sky that's yet another helicopter

1:55 PM @ 020 -->
There it is.  The ocean entry.  There's
so much steam, you can't see a thing.
As you can see from the background,
you can't see much anyway!
That light lava may look crusty and hard but it's hot!  That crust is probably an inch or two
thick.  Inside is molten lava pushing the whole pile forward.  Lava works from the inside out.  
The surface cools and hardens which provides excellent insulation for the hot stuff underneath.
(1/6/11) A new ocean entry started overnight,
fed by a western branch of the active flow.
photo. An eastern branch of the flow
continues to advance slowly toward
Kalapana Gardens, which is visible at the
upper right. The eastern flow branch is
visible as a slightly lighter gray within the
broader flow field, its terminus about even
with the vertical center line of the photo just
above the heart-shaped forested kipuka.
(1/6/11) This composite image shows the
plain. The east lobe, shown in the other
composite image, extends the view to the
today, hot colors (yellow, white) show active
areas of the flow field, while the cooler colors
(red, purple) show recent but inactive flows.
The west lobes were very active today. One of
these western lobes reached the ocean over
the past day, creating a new ocean entry.
(1/6/11) This composite image combines a
thermal image with a normal photograph of
the coastal plain and pali. The active flow
image shows the eastern lobe that has been
approaching approaching  subdivision.  
reached the end of the paved access road,
where the County lava viewing area is.
(1/13/11) Aerial view looking south toward a
lava flow advancing through forest along the
Roger James fishing access road. The
recently active
Puhi O Kalaikini delta is to the
left. The current ocean entry at
Ki is at upper
(1/13/11) Aerial view of the Ki ocean entry
with several narrow streams of lava pouring
into the ocean.
Here are some photos from the Kilauea Update page along with their captions (in smaller type).
the smoke on the ocean side of the
kipuka which I marked "Burn".  Then I
continued on to the ocean entry...