Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Goin on a lava hunt

Okay, so this was a really awesome thing that we did, so memorable and something I will probably never see again in my lifetime. With that said, I was NOT mentally prepared for this 5 mile hike! It was so much harder than I imagined. I didn't realize how hard it was to walk on lava rock! There was not ONE step in 5 miles that was on a flat surface. I'm pretty sure I needed braces on my ankles afterwards. If you talk to Dan about this hike he'll tell you a completely different story. Dan=barely had a drop of sweat eek from his pores. Julie=dead. Just dead.  Ok, so I'm exaggerating a bit, but it was definitely harder than expected. And to top it off, you have to hike back in pitch darkness...with only a head lamp to save you. I'll stop complaining, because honestly, if you ever hit up the Big Island you MUST do this. No question about it. Oh, and for you Mo-Mo's out there, I'm pretty sure the movie in the temple has footage of this exact spot. I almost squeeled with excitement when I saw it! I wanted to stand up and yell "I hiked to that amazing place you're seeing right now brothers and sisters!"  Can you imagine if I would have? Best session ever! =)  Back to the lava...There were really two parts to this hike. The first was getting to poke actual flowing hot lava with our sticks. How cool is that?! The second part was getting to see the lava meet the ocean (as seen in the temple). It was PHE.NOM.E.NAL!  It was even more amazing when night fell. We couldn't get enough of it!

 Here's a good look at what we are walking on

 Here's where the lava meets the ocean...during the day

 Playing in the lava...supa hot!

 This is the lava rock Dan made. There's video of it below

 The hot lava flowing. It starts drying super fast!

 He's lovin' it!

 The night time view! 

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