Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hawaii - Day #8

Today in the morning Mom, Garrett and Renee went horseback riding and the rest of us decided to drive and explore Mauna Kea - a very old dormant volcano area.  The drive goes up quite high in fact they say this is the only part of the island that gets cold enough to actually SNOW!  As you can see from our bag of chips - the air is different up here.

Our drive put us above the clouds.  Overall it was a very dry area.  Lots of 'mounds' in the ground that  probably helped vent lava tubes awhile ago.

We did find some pretty flowers growing.

They have a visitors center to explore near the top of the Mauna Kea area.

The kids look excited to watch a video don't they....

Afterwards we headed back to the Hilo side of the island.  We were meeting up with the family members that went horseback riding for lunch and were going to explore the 'live' violence area of the island.  We made one more stop at Rainbow falls just outside of Hilo...we had a bit more time to kill.

For lunch we found this burger place that had great reviews in a travel book we had purchased.  It was gooooooooood!  They even had board games for people to play with while waiting for your food.  Zach and Scott decided to play a round of battleship.

Now everyone was energized and ready to hit up the Volcano National Park.  One of our favorite things to explore at this place is the lava tubes...

We hit up many scenic overlooks.  At this one it was just a valley of hardened lava.  There was actually a trail down to it, where you could explore further.

Garrett, Renee, and Dustin decided they wanted to go down and explore on that valley floor and took all the kids with them.  Jen and her parents decided to go explore other parts of the Volcano Park.  Here were some pictures of their findings on the valley floor....

We all met up back together when it got dark on the far side of the park where the 'active' volcano was.  We wanted to see the glowing at night!

Quite the busy day for us.  Almost everyone slept in the car on the drive back to the other side of the island.

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