We stop by at the Visitor’s Center.
So we decide to make the most of it, and check out what we can. We get back in the car and make our first stop the Jagger Museum.
Following the signs.
There is the volcano. Do you see it clearly? Us neither.
However there are some noticeable vents of steam protruding.
But it is pretty much blurry.
But at night time on a clear evening, you can see the glow of the volcano and it is supposedly amazing to see. Take a look at my friend Mengia’s pictures of the crater trail and the volcano glow. She was able to take these on another day.
At least the educational signs are readable.
More volcanic exhibits.
Time to hit the road and visit other sites at Volcanoes National Park.
Next stop is the Thurston Lava Tube.
This is a popular spot and parking is limited. If all the spots are taken, just wait for a bit and something will open up. Be patient.
Justin and I walk to the trail head
And we pretty much go in circles around the trail-head to the bottom of the tube.
A view of a healthy rain forest.
And finally we get to the entrance of the volcano tube. Quite pretty!
Inside the tube looking back.
Fortunately there are lights everywhere.
One of my favorite pictures at the exit point looking back.
Back outside we walk across an asphalt trail with lots of tropical plants everywhere.
Appreciating the tropical beauty as we slowly ascend back to the top.
The view from the top again
We leave and continue moving on to the next spot: The Devastation Trail.
A walk through another rain forest..ish.
Wow! It actually looks kind of cool.
Doesn’t it look from afar that that ‘used-to-be-a-tree’ is on fire!!!
A closer look.
We decide to turn around and walk back to the car.
It is time to head out and leave.
The sun is beginning to set. And we need to beat it the Punalu’u Black Sand Beach.
Volcanoes National Park is interesting. I wish we had better visibility and less clouds. It would have been cool to see the crater clearly during the day and the wonderful glow at night. Seeing the lava tube was good and also the Devastation Trail. It was quite pretty in a different kinds of way.
None – because I had an ‘America the Beautiful National Parks Pass which meant that I could drive our ‘ugly car’ in and out of the park for fee. Otherwise it would be a $15.00 fee.