Yesterday, we continued to experience Hawaii’s vacillating weather patterns as we drove around Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. There was a point where we were literally standing on the border of a rain shower and then there was driving into what looked like the gates of hell. Suffice it to say that we got positively soaked while walking around roadways that were rendered useless due to lava flow. But, we kept on keeping on and that perseverance really paid off because, true to form, within an hour or so, the rain blew away and we were greeted with dryer conditions and a sky filled with dramatic clouds.
Towards the end of the day, just after sunset, we hustled up to the Jagger Observatory to witness one of the coolest (pun intended) things ever – the radiant glow of lava from the Halema‘uma‘u Crater within Kīlauea Caldera. What made this even more aesthetically pleasing was that there was still some cool blue color in the night sky, which played beautifully off of the warm, radiant glow. It truly was something to behold.
Today is likely going to be a more leisurely day. We may head back to Volcano or spend some more time roaming around South Point. Hope everyone is doing well!