Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Pt. 1

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

As you may know, my little family took our first trip together to Hilo, Hawaii over the weekend for a family wedding.  It was such a blast and I have so much to share.  Today, though - we're just gonna share the first part of day 1 of our trip.

Hilo is about a 45 minute plane ride from Honolulu, we left at about 6:15am and got there around 7am.  First stop was to Hawaiian Style Cafe (mom, aunty and Grandpa tagged along as well) for some breakfast.  A mixture of lack of sleep and hunger didn't allow for glorious pictures of food!  But I was able to snap a pic of my and Chris's plates.  Let me just say that their servings are HUGE!!!  I should have shared a plate with CJ, but now we know :)  My mom had a bacon omelete with pancakes; while gramps and aunty split a blood sausage with rice and pancakes plate.
Next we stopped by Walmart to pick up those inevitable necessities we forgot to bring along - then it was off to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  If there was one word I had to use to describe this experience it would be breathtaking.  The countless scenic views, taking in nature's beauty and just being in awe of God's creation.  It was spectacular and something my family will never forget.
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The steam vents were a ton of fun!  Last time I was here I saw them, but never stopped to actually check them out.  I was so surprised when I stuck my head over the railing and got a wet whiff of hot air all over my face.  It was nice though - it was cold up there in the 60's.  After that we went to Jaggar Museum to see the Halemaumau crater and learn about volcanology.  They have a bunch of artifacts from the volcano - from different types of lava (a'a and pahoehoe) to volcanic glass.  You could even touch some of the specimens.  The kids enjoyed the seismographs the most as they had an active station in which a seismograph recorded your jumps.  My nephew, Josiah, recorded the biggest jump out of all the kids (under 10).  Tomorrow I'll share pictures of the lava tube and Chain of Craters Road.  Please enjoy the pictures below of the steam vents and outside of Jaggar Museum, and make sure to return tomorrow for the continuation of our trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park!

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  1. Food looks amazing, as well as those views! :)

  2. Yay, i love being able to recap your travels with you through our blogs! Sounds like it was a great time on Hilo. I have yet to go there so Ioved seeing photos! Thank you for linking up with Belinda and I for Travel Tuesday!

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose


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