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Lava Flow of 1974

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    • Day 68

      Kilauea caldera

      May 21, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Yay, made it to Kilauea! The most active volcano in the world 😃 It's been erupting from its east rift zone since 1983 - that's before I started work! Tomorrow I'll be moving to stay near where the current lava flow enters the sea ... I'm hoping that will be the most amazing location, for the night sky too.

      Today I went along the north section of the crater rim drive - the west and south sections are closed because of the gases drifting over from the crater.
      It's impossible to get a pic of the whole caldera because it's so large, and what I hadn't realised is that the caldera the road circumnavigates is an inner caldera contained in a much larger (about x3) outer caldera which I was already inside!
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    • Day 69

      Lava field home

      May 22, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      I've struck gold! Well I chose gold. This is the loveliest place (with one caveat, the composting toilet needs a spare part so there's only a portaloo 😝). The whole thing makes me think of Moomintroll again - rather Scandi with little huts dotted about. Inside it feels both cosy and fresh, so very different to the rainforest. And there's quite a strong breeze, so combined with the openness, 'no' mozzies. I'm bitten to pieces, so hurrah for that!

      And the setting is ace, on a huge lava field from I'm not sure when, with a 360 view and the ocean in the distanceb, and I have my own pahoehoe lava 😎 It's a few miles from here to the active lava, and a bit beyond me so I'll get a little trip. But judging by the steam vents I think I may see the glow at night. Wait and see...

      I need to give all of this time to sink in ... my whole trip was fitted around coming to Hawaii, seeing the lava (and the stars if I'm lucky) and feeling part of ... I'm not sure. Something larger.
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