My family's visit to the Big Island Volcano Park was
one of the main highlights of the trip for me because I've never actually seen lava up close before. We parked our van near
the shore and had to hike a short 2 miles on cooled lava in order to see the hot, molten lava. There was heavy wind on the
hike, probably due to the temperature changes in the air from the lava. Walking on the cooled lava was interesting because
each step I took sounded as if I was stepping on broken glass. Additionally, if I was to trip and fall, I would
be cut badly since some parts of the cooled lava is razor sharp. On top of that, a piece of cooled lava that might seem like
a stalwart place to step on can come apart below my feet, so being extra careful was a must.
As we approached the molten lava, you can immediately
notice the temperature change. While taking pictures next to the glowing lava, I can feel the heat clenching my skin.
I wasn't able to pose very long without feeling like I was going to ignite. We arrived there at dusk and stayed until it was
completely dark and the glowing lava became more eminent. Afterwards, we took out our flashlights and started hiking back
to our van with smiles on our faces.