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February 19, 2016 / cmfletcher

Volcano views?

218Publiciry viewWhat did Peter want to see when we went to Hawaii?? Volcanoes.We arrived at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park about 2:30 pm and immediately went into the snack bar for some lunch. We could see the gray landscape and the smoking crater but didn’t bother to get a photo. We had booked a Crater View room, what could go wrong? A cloud descended and this is is what we see. . .

If you are old enough, you can remember one Sunday in the nineties when Buddy Ryan took the Philadelphia Eagles to play at Soldier Field in a playoff game. And for three hours, all we could see on our TV screens was white fog.

Luckily, the hotel offered a guided walk which we decided to do. It was great. A local guide showed us the paths of the lava flows, the steam vents, the sulfur deposits and the local plants — all in the drizzle. Very informative though very dampening to the clothing, so damp that we didn’t bring a camera. It seems as if a cloud has enveloped the mountain.

Tonight as we were eating dinner, the cloud partially lifted, and so the manager announced they were going to turn off the lights so we could see it. After dinner, Peter and I went out on the patio to see if we could catch an image, and here it is.

I know it is a poor relation of the image at the t0p of the blog, but I was amazed at how fast the cloud descended again and completely wiped out any glow from the crater.

We kept checking and at 10 pm noticed that we could see it better. The appearance constantly changes, fascinating.

I hope our luck is in tomorrow and the weather cooperates to let us see lots more of this place.

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