Big Island, Big Adventure

The sunsets in Waikoloa, Hawaii, March 2, 2013,
Ariving at the Kona aiport and looking a alittle pail. Using the jet stairs was a fun experience for this airplane geek!
Arriving at the Kona airport and looking a a little pale. Using the jet stairs was a fun experience for this airplane geek!

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At the end of last month I took a few days to explore a part of the country I had never seen been. Although I had been to two Hawaiian islands before, this was my first trip to the Big Island, and it was bigger than I expected. Circumnavigating the volcanic isle took hours and the winding roads lead to long hikes like the one to a green sand beach and a midnight treacherous trek across a rocky expanse that led to an expansion on our 50th state.

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Lava from the Mount Kilauea volcano flows into the Pacific Ocean at night, March 1, 2013.

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I had no idea that seeing lava flowing into the ocean would require walking 6 miles over rough terrain. Even thought we looked like dorks thanks to these headlamps, we had to navigate in pitch black for over two hours by listening for the ocean, keeping it close to our left. A few times we got too close and almost fell off a cliff! Our walk back was a lot easier thanks to the moon rise.

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Lava from the Mount Kilauea volcano flows into the Pacific Ocean at night, March 1, 2013.
Lava from the Mount Kilauea volcano flows into the Pacific Ocean at night, March 1, 2013.
Lava from the Mount Kilauea volcano flows into the Pacific Ocean at night, March 1, 2013.
Lava from the Mount Kilauea volcano flows into the Pacific Ocean at night, March 1, 2013.
Papakolea Beach, located near Hawaii's Big Island's southern tip, is known for its unique olive green sand, is seen February 28, 2013.
Papakolea Beach, located near Hawaii’s Big Island’s southern tip, is known for its unique olive green sand, is seen February 28, 2013.
The sunsets in Waikoloa, Hawaii, March 2, 2013.
The sunsets in Waikoloa, Hawaii, March 2, 2013. I’m looking a little more tan but I still have my winter glow!
The sunsets in Waikoloa, Hawaii, March 2, 2013,
The sunsets in Waikoloa, Hawaii, March 2, 2013,
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4 Comments

  1. john– just happened onto your Hawai’i photos; how on earth did you get permission
    to get to the lava floes at NIGHT????? I can’t believe that’s you photographed deplaning–it’s the only photo of of you smiling. Great trip–L and I were there and loved the Big Island best.