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Hilo area

The barren landscape of Volcano National Park

Steam vents

My Magnum P.I. helicopter
Used Paradise Helicopters out of Hilo for about $160

I believe this lava flow is the best seen in a while, as it was mentioned in the Monday newspaper

A view of Hilo

No that's not a fanny pack, it's a lifejacket they make you wear. In hindsight maybe I should have snagged it for surfing...

Volcano facts and updates

Entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube

On my way to the flow, by car and foot this time

Hike out to flow was 3 miles each way, so cut it off

Stayed at the Kilaeua Military Camp. One of only two places actually within the park, and would have been especially good value for a family- you basically get a multi room cabin.
Ended up doing the buffet at the camp. Good comfort foods such as: mac'n'cheese, cream of chicken soup, baked chicken, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes w gravy, rice, salad, cake.

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