When you get to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hilo, you can drive around and split your attention on a wide variety of craters, lava rocks and, these days, the bubbling, live volcano that’s the center of attention.
A stop at the Visitors Center and Scott’s advice helped us plan our agenda.
This crater is, of course, dormant. That’s a big, beautiful bed.
The parking lot provided home to big birds that happened to be the Hawaiian state’s adopted favorite.
We did not feed the Ne-Nes.
We did, however, fork off onto the trail labeled “Devastation.”
It was easy to see how hot lava had carved its history on the terrain in a previous carnation.
The white tree trunk lying on the dark bed of rock talks to me. And yet green life fights to make its mark, too.
Tomorrow: Walking on the lava bed