I love visiting the Big Island — it’s such an awesome destination! Where else can you walk on the tallest mountain in the world (Mauna Kea, as measured from it’s base on the ocean floor) and watch lava flow from an active volcano (Kilauea), all in one day?
This photo was taken in Volcanoes National Park on the Chain of Craters road. Over the years lava flows have completely obstructed what once was a loop drive, but it’s still very interesting to see. Park near the end of the road and walk out on to the hardened lava shield for a great view — Pacific Ocean on one side, and endless acres of recent lava on the other.
I love the irony of this photo — a road closed signed engulfed by lava. The sign is at least 2 meters above where the road bed was, so I assume someone placed it there as a gag, but if they did it was into molten lava as the base of the sign is firmly embedded in the hardened rock. And for those who couldn’t figure it out on their own, this road is closed.
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