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  • Pacific edge of the Lava flow
    Pacific edge of the Lava flow
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  • Arrival at the lava flow at dusk
    Arrival at the lava flow at dusk
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  • Night shot of lava flow and me
    Night shot of lava flow and me
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    Live Flow at Pacific Ocean: Hot Lava at Night

    by atufft Updated Mar 16, 2006

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    One of the best light shows ever is at the lava flow in Volcanoes National Park. This side of the island is absent any street lights or other distractions that would mute the night sky, so views of stars, planets, and meteorities are excellent! The lava is actually best seen at night. During day, the dull glow is less than impressive, but at night the radiant glow of lava appears everywhere. Be careful about your footing though. The night walk return requires a flashlight to avoid stumbling over the rough trail to the parking lot. Also, I don't recall whether the park service closes the entrance to the lava flow at night, so I'd arrive at least by dusk to get your bearings. This is an alien moonscape. These images with my first digital camera don't do much justice for the experience, but they'll give you the idea.

    Dress Code: Long pants, as it can be quite cool on the coast, but also for safety in case of a stumble while on the trail. Wear hiking boots or other very durable footwear that can amble over the rough terrain. Bring a flashlight, ideally, a headlight that fixes on the trail.

    Arrival at the lava flow at dusk Pacific edge of the Lava flow Night shot of lava flow and me
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