Playing with Fire! Well, technically – Lava!

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This was pretty awesome. I’ve never been this close to lava before – very intense. We are actually standing on what used to be a road that spanned the southern part of the Big Island, but the lava overtook it, along with some houses, an orchard, etc. Lava doesn’t play nicely with others.

And the reason we can see the lava is that as it flows from the volcano, it passes through lava tubes underground, and occasionally the pressure becomes so intense, that it pushes up and seeps out through the earth. That’s what we saw.

We initially thought we’d have to hike about 90 minutes just to hopefully see something. We were supremely rewarded when we showed up – the lava was about 5 minutes away from where we parked the cars.

It’s a bit dark and a bit quiet, but we were out there illegally and it was 4 AM. But these are the things we do to watch flowing fire. Just another day on the Big Island. Hope you enjoy!

See! Lava…


I wonder what would happen with this rock…

So what’s one of the coolest things YOU have ever seen out in Nature? Feel free to leave your answer below.
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5 comments on “Playing with Fire! Well, technically – Lava!
  1. Vicky Hemming says:

    oooooooooooooooooh….. lava…. very coooool… or should I say really hot stuff ;) thanks for sharing. Vicky xx

  2. Anonymous says:

    one of the coolest thing that i've seen is perhaps a bit more ordinary in its set up but here goes.. I was finishing a run in one of LA's canyons and encountered a few deers.. stopped and watched.. one of them looked at me.. stared for a good minute like we were eye to eye, just checking each other out.. It then just turned around and walked slowly away.. i had the feeling it was trying to tell me something.. It was kind of intense…

    Paulin

  3. Eric Lanigan says:

    Dude, awesome throw! Props to your friend.

  4. Eric Lanigan says:

    I was sitting on a beach in the San Juan Islands and seven otters were swimming by… one popped its head up and saw me, went under, then it and another popped up and looked at me, then they went under water and they all popped up and looked at me. They keep doing this, going under, popping up, and looking at me- each time getting closer till they were almost at the shore, which was 15 feet away. I got scared because what was I going to do if they got angry with me? I wasn't about to hurt an otter. Then they eventually started moving on the direction they were going to begin with, still popping up ever few feet to look at me and made their way around an outcropping of rocks and out of site. Very curious little guys. The original one who spotted me was bigger than the others and when everyone else had passed around the rock, he popped up and locked eyes with me one last time before diving and heading around the bend.

  5. Nathan Agin says:

    so cool that both stories involve animals connecting with us in very direct ways. i think they're just trying to figure things out as best they can, too – and are looking for answers from all places. what an amazing experience for both of you – eric, yours does sound a bit more hilarious. thanks so much for sharing – very awesome indeed!

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