Hawaii (Page 2 of 2):
Hawaii Volcanoes National
These pictures were taken at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
on the big island of Hawaii on Wednesday, April 27, 2005.
The first photo was taken along the Sulphur Banks Trail
located on the north side of the Kīlauea Caldera. The smell of sulphur
is incredibly strong in this area, but the view is awesome!!
I spent a whole day walking the trails around the
Kīlauea Caldera. One of the trails that I followed was the 2.6
mile-long Halema'uma'u Trail that went across the hardened lava fields
of the Kīlauea Caldera to the Halema'uma'u Crater, which is a smaller
crater within the Kīlauea Caldera. I was alone on the trail. I saw no
one else until I arrived at the Halema'uma'u Crater. It's difficult to
call what I walked on a "trail," however. There were rocks piled up at
various places in the hardened lava fields that told the hiker where to
walk next. When I arrived at the middle of the Kīlauea Caldera, I stood
still for a moment, looked around at the vast hardened lava fields, and
I listened. I heard absolutely nothing except the wind hitting me. It
was the most eerie silence that I have ever heard! I shouted, but was
so far from the walls of the caldera that I heard no echo. I arrived at
the Halema'uma'u Crater after less than a two-hour walk. The three
pictures below show the entire Halema'uma'u Crater.
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