Big Island: Lava, Part 3

After our hike to the lava, we were both pretty tired so we spent most of the day relaxing in the sunshine. At four, Forrest asked me if I’d be willing to hike back out to see the lava by night. I was a bit hesitant at first but agreed—I’m definitely glad I did!

We set out under ominous skies.
We set out under ominous skies
By the lava at dusk.
By the lava at dusk

There was considerably more traffic at the flows in the evening with a couple more groups of independent hikers there and at least two tour groups. Being out at dusk was totally worth it though—just amazing to see the lava glow. I also really liked seeing how much further the lava had made it towards the ocean since we’d left in the morning.

Cool ripple formations
Cool ripple formations
Lava on the move
Lava on the move
Ocean entry at dusk
The ocean entry was particularly impressive at dusk

After we hiked back to the car we were famished so we headed into Pahoa and pigged out on pizza. Nothing ever tastes so good as a good post hike meal!

If you go, be aware that the lava will eat your shoes. Forrest bought these when we left Missoula so had less than a month of wear on them and the lava left them looking like this:

My well worn shoes fared even worse...
My well worn shoes fared even worse…

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