View for the top
The view from the top has always filled me with awe on many of my trips to the United States. It's inspiring & magical to realise that it's not until recently that mankind has the luxury to see magnificent canyons, awesome glaciers, towering cliffs, pristine lakes & awe-inspiring vistas from those angles. Consider this: many kings & queens & VIPs had never seen these in their entire lifetime! No Discovery or National Geographic channel either. Aren't we the luckiest people in this lifetime? It's marvelous to have the technology we have today & to have so many enjoy the convenience at a price many of us can afford!
My wish? The ability to memorize all these great moments in life & to be able to capture them as & when I need them! That'll be perfect!
Hike to see best views
I suggest taking a hike to see some of what many people talk about . See where the lava flowed over the roadways ... climb over hardened lava ... see new life growing on recently flowed lava ... see how nature stops at nothing alongs it's path. Feel the heat as you near recent lava path ... but please stay within the boundaries the Park Rangers have marked out.
Ok, take a close look at this landscape! Imagine you are up there with me; seeing it for the first time & in full panoramic view too. Just feel the delight in discovering something new, rare & precious! It's beyond my limited vocabulary!
Have you ever seen anything like this? I haven't, not until this trip; not after this trip either! It's uniquely Hawaiian, I think. I have seen many images which will ultimately entice me to fly over these islands again & again... hopefully soon :)
Look for new coastline constantly forming over the Pacific Ocean from the series of lava which sizzled into the ocean. If you are lucky, you may also get to see cliffs formed by vertical faulting.
Here, we see vegetation starting to grow on one of the newest land on earth.
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK is seething with fire and brimstone, hissing with hot steam. Kilauea Volcano has been erupting since 1983 and still is at press time. The earth's most active volcano, Kilauea stages a powerful drama you can actually see…
Conditions for wiewing the eruption change. From a hike at the end of Chain of Craters Road, you can typically see steam clouds where lava spills into the sea. Park rangers determine if visitors can get near this; it's best to go at dusk to see ''red'' lava; a flashlight is mandatory.
First stop in the park is at Kilauea Visitor Center for a helpful intro (including watching a documentarian about erupting etc). Drive the 11-mile Crater Rim Drive; it encircles exsamples of volcanism. Descent onto the crust of a crater on the Kilauea Iki Trail. You must see Thurston Lava Tube and its quick forest walk. Jaggar Museum is also a must. It provides a scientific and cultural look at volcanoes, plus has operating seismographs. While there, don't miss the exspansive wiew at Halemaumau Lookout.