If you are taking an organized...
If you are taking an organized tour, check out where exactly they will take you. My tour was very interesting, but unfortunately they did not go anywhere near where the Lava was flowing. Which would have been an Awesome site. Just everything about this place is a fond memory. You walk around and see some incredible things. Steam spurting out of vents, and gases, which you can smell. I had a really strange feeling while in the middle of all that.
To think the crater we were walking around in, could at any time just cave in. Especially now, since so much lava is flowing out into the ocean.
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"extremes abound here"
To explore a living, breathing volcano is certainly a once in a lifetime experience. In one afternoon you can experience wind-swept desert, rain-forest full of fern trees and lava tubes, wide barren lava fields, and the newest rocks on the planet. To best experience this location try to stay in the park at Volcano House. They say that the fire in the fireplace here has been burning for over 100 years, and counting. The restaurant looks out over the Cauldera at the top of Kileua.
"Kilauea Iki Cauldera"
This crater last erupted in 1959. You can hike down into and across this cauldera. The trailhead is across from the Thurston Lava Tube Trail head. There are still active steam vents, and when you're out in the crater, there is magma 300' under your feet. Kinda erie if you ask me.
"Sea Arch.......no signposts"
This beautiful sea arch was near the parking area at the end of the chain of craters road. There were, however, no signs pointing it out. The vast majority of the people there that day missed this. When you're at the parking area, look to your right and you'll see a little rock wall, walk out there and look down. B-E-A-U-tiful!!!!!
"End of the Chain..."
This is where the lava field crosses the road. The hiking is over very uneven surfaces but the rangers mark a pathway out to where the active flows can be seen. We didn't hike that far when we were there, as we were unprepared for the unrelenting sun, and humidity. (lol) We did go out to where the most recent road crossing was. The rocks out here are still warm to the touch.