July 11, 2017

Last month, a friend came to Hawaii to visit me. Although we didn’t know Nick’s schedule at the time, it ended up working out really well because Nick was gone for a long time. Erinn’s trip helped me break it up and was just what I needed while I was missing Nick, We hadn’t been separated for that long for over 4 years. While I kept busy and had a lot of fun, it was harder than I remember it being,

Erinn visited me in Hawaii two years ago, and we went to Kauai for an awesome girl’s trip. This time, we decided to explore the Big Island.

The Big Island was very different from Kauai and I hope to write more about my impressions of the Big Island in another post. But what I want to share today, there are no words to describe. There were two really memorable things that we did on the Big Island, and one of them was a spontaneous 8-mile round trip biking adventure to see the lava flowing into the ocean.

We found out while we were on the Big Island that the lava was flowing and that we could go see it. So, we drove an hour to the starting point, rented bikes, and biked 4 miles out to see the lava. Once we got there, we walked around on the hardened lava rocks looking for the slower lava flow that sometimes occurs. We didn’t see it, but we did see some pretty amazing lava rock. And at night, we could see the lava flowing into the ocean.

Not pictured: Me falling on the lava rock and spraining my ankle, then having to bike 4 miles back. But it was worth it because lava.

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11 responses to “Photo Essay: Lava Flow”

  1. This is so freaking cool! Amazing photos!

  2. Casey says:

    These are some seriously gorgeous pictures!!

  3. Jen says:

    This is absolutely incredible!!! I am certainly living vicariously through you haha. I want to go!

  4. Carly says:

    It sounds like such a fun visit with your friend. You got such amazing photos– I can’t even imagine being somewhere like that! So cool! Hope your ankle was okay once you got back!

  5. That’s seriously so cool and amazing! We visited The Big Island when I was a senior in high school and I know that I didn’t fully appreciate the beauty of the volcano and all the lava rock. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it back there one day with Chris! That’s a bummer that you sprained your ankle on this trip, but hopefully it’s all better now!

  6. What a neat experience to have.

  7. Audrey says:

    Oh man… lava is so crazy! My parents went to Hawaii when my mom was pregnant with me and I’ve seen pictures of them walking all over the lava and adventuring! I think that’d be so fun!! I hope your ankle is feeling better!

    This is probably a stupid question, but when you island hop to you fly to those islands or do you take a boat/ferry? I’m just curious how that works!

  8. Laura says:

    Ouch, sorry about your ankle! These photos are amazing though! The lava looks so crazy, and those pics with the sunset are beautiful!

  9. Julie says:

    Would LOVE to do this!! And go inside an active volcano! Eek, sorry to hear you sprained your ankle – hope it mends asap!

  10. Rachel says:

    Wooooow! How cool are those lava rocks?! Your photos are brilliant, they really transport you. I love the textures, so unusual. I’m also impressed at all your biking PLUS with a sprained ankle! That’s dedication to lava!

  11. These pictures are so cool!

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