We Visit Hawaii’s Volcano National Park
During our trip to Hawaii, unfortunately, we had only one day available to us to visit Volcano National Park. Just so you know, I think only one day alotted to this National Park is verging on criminal behavior. But alas, such was our journey.
We arose for early breakfast at The Palms Cliff House, and made the roughly 60 mile trek to Volcano National Park. We arrived as one of the first wave of visitors for the day, and made our way to the visitor center to acquaint ourselves with the park and to view the park’s informational movie.
We also learned that a large portion of our planned Crater Rim Drive was closed due to a new vent opening in the Halema’uma’u Crater.
While a little disappointed we still greatly enjoyed the steaming bluffs, the Jaggar Museum, and walking through the Thurston Lava Tube was out of this world.
It was now lunch time, and our planned visit to Volcano House Hotel for lunch was also quashed as it was closed for remodeling. Therefore, we resorted to nuts, trail mix, and water that we found in the visitor center’s gift shop.
After our scrumptious lunch we moved along our exploration to the Chain of Craters Road. This road descends nearly 4,000 feet taking you past vast volcanic craters, miles of land made barren by massive lava flows, past an old road made impassible by lava, and ultimately to the sea where you can stand on steep cliffs of lava overlooking the crashing waves below.
As I mentioned, to visit this park in only a day seems criminal. We will be back, and next time we will be armed with ample time, and hiking gear to enjoy the incredible collection of trails available in this park. Further, if we can escape the rains of the eastern side of this island, we will also plan to watch the lava flow into the ocean.
Here is a slide show highlighting a few of our photographs from Hawaii’s Volcano National Park: