hawaii
23-30 aug 2004

photos by jwz

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Time to march across the caldera! At one point, this flat area was a boiling lake of fire. This is actually a smaller caldera inside the big one ("Kilauea Iki"), but it's hard to think of it as small when you're in it. We get down into it by following a switchback trail through the forest. That pale white line you see down the middle is that color because of all the people who have walked across! It's a mile or two across, I think. It looks completely flat from up above, but up close it's full of vents and bumpy bits and 30' boulders. And, again, it is much like a delicious brownie. (19° 24' 24.29" N 155° 17' 0.94" W +3500')

Look, a vent! Stinky steam comes up out of the ground. Apparently it's bad for you.

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