The third day started out with another amazing breakfast and oddly enough no rain! We had pancakes, fruit, toast, coffee and juice. The other two cats also studied us during breakfast, attempting to decide if they should bother with us.
The fruit was SO good!
Pancakes, Toast, Fruit, Juice, Coffee..Delicious!
The black cat staring at Josh…determining if he is worth his time.
The other black cat that jumped up behind Josh’s chair after he was gone.
I had never seen a pineapple actually still growing before.
Me looking at the cat.
After breakfast, we packed up and headed to the easternmost part of the island. Since the winds come from this direction, scientists use this “untouched air” as a benchmark to compare to air in other areas around the world. The lava on this side of the island was also incredibly difficult to walk through!
Josh felt it necessary to take pictures of the jeep…everywhere…
So difficult to walk on.
Pretty shot with the ocean in the background.
After we stopped for a bit, we headed down a 4WD road to Champagne Pond. We took the road for about a mile along some very bumpy lava and ended up at the pond. The pond is a calm, protected ocean inlet that is completely clear. You could see to the bottom…and it was heated! It was about 90 degrees. When I got in, four little yellow and black striped fish surrounded my legs (of course). So I immediately got out and let Josh entertain the fish while I took pictures.
On the way to Champagne Pond we stopped b/c the cliffs were amazing.
Josh in the trees surrounding the backside of the pond.
Champagne Pond..it was so calm!
Josh swimming in the pond.
Josh..being forced to take a picture.
Me..not swimming and only going up to my knees.
Josh looking for fish.
Unfortunately, after our visit to the pond, we got a call telling us our Lava Hike was canceled due to weather. We were both pretty bummed as we had been looking forward to it all day. But we decided to grab some lunch in Pahoa and head back to the Volcanoes National Park to see Chain of Craters Road in the daylight. We had lunch at Kaleo’s and it was just as good as the dinner we had there the night before!
This soup was amazing!
My veggie wrap..so good!
Back we went to the park for our third and final time for this trip. It was definitely a good decision to go back. Chain of Craters Road was beautiful during the daylight (pictures below). At the end, you can hike to the current lava flow. Had we known this, we would have planned a bit better and hiked there ourselves. But it takes about 3 1/2 hours to get there and back and we were running out of daylight…so we made the safe decision to come back and do it on another trip (even though we both were DYING to go).
View of the ocean from Chain of Craters Road
Newer lava at the end of Chain of Craters Road
Holei Sea Arch
The view from near the ocean, back up to where the higher part of Chain of Craters Road is.
Walking toward the end of Chain of Craters Road. The start of a rainbow over the lava field.
The road literally ends where lava started to pour over it. Incredible.
Lava on the road.
More lava where the road is/was/should be.
I thought this was hilarious. The road closed sign buried in lava…with a rainbow as the backdrop.
Crack in the lava…they were everywhere.
The end of the “trail”. There wasn’t really a trail…you were just climbing over lots of lava.
Me on top of a pile of lava…Josh was making me laugh.
More Lava Field
Annnddd more lava.
The rainbow was getting closer…signaling our time to start hiking back!
We headed back up Chain of Craters Road and out of the park towards the Puna area to check out Kehena black sand beach. It was actually kind of hard to find. It was created by the 1955 lava flow and then it sank three feet all at once in 1975 because of an earthquake. We ended up there during high surf and it was ridiculous. The waves were HUGE and covered almost the entire beach when the tide came in. It was beautiful!
The rocks at Kehena black sand beach. Beautiful!
Black sand! beautiful
The waves were incredible.
After visiting the beach, we headed to the Kalapana Cafe for dinner (Josh) and ice cream (me). Yes…I had ice cream for dinner and it was amazing! We headed back to the B&B to pack up as we had an early morning with a lava boat tour!