Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Aloha to Chain of Craters Road (Mountain to Sea)

Chain of Craters Road is aptly named as it conveys tourists to four craters, lava flows, and breathtaking views.   My camera cannot do the landscape justice but let's give it a try ... 

It's amazing that the lava flowed in the not so distant past.

While the mainland celebrated July 4 with fireworks, 
the Big Island celebrated with fiery lava!

My rental is almost swallowed by the lava! 

Notice the "newer" lava over the older lava.

 As we descended towards the sea, we entered 
the tsunami evacuation area.  My kids wondered
why the stick man is running into the wave!

The coastal road was overrun by lava so the 
park created a parking lot near the sea arch. 

Incoming waves ...

... big splash ...

... and the water retreats.

Check out LOVING THE BIG ISLAND at this link for pictures with depth of the craters and coast.  Have you driven along a famous coastal route?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs will win a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, March 24, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winners on Sunday, March 25.


Kim in Hawaii


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I'll post the winners of March Madness on Monday, April 2. 


  1. I don't actually think I have.

  2. I haven't, but want to drive along the Pacific Coast Highway someday.

  3. I actually have never done that but I would really love to ! Thx for the great pictures Kim !

  4. We drove along the Pacific coast highway. What sites that one had

  5. We've driven up the coast from Southern California to Northern Ca. It is very pretty, especially in the Big Sur stretch. As long as you don't get a foggy day, you'll have beautiful views.

    I too am wondering why the guy is running toward the wave in that sign.....

  6. I've never done that but it sounds nice!

  7. Years ago, Hubby and I drove along California’s scenic, coastal Highway One. It was beautiful. Great photos, Kim.

  8. Nothing as dramatic as that. I've driven down the coast on the Atlantic side. I imagine New England must have some dramatic sites but I was lower down.


  9. I can't recall having driven a famous coastal route. All my driving on the east coast was more inland.

    The sea arch is amazing. Is it always windy there or was it just the day?

  10. Been to NigRa dfalls , great pics

  11. Nice pictures. I've been along the Pacific Coast Highway.

  12. i never driven along a famous coastal route

  13. Aloha Kim, yes to your question :). Done that before :). Speaking of lava reminds me to the volcanoes mountain in my country:). Am always afraid with lava , Aretha zhen

  14. No.. the only route that I've driven and it is pretty scenic is from West Virginia down to South Carolina. It is quite breath taking when you are on the moutains

  15. I live on the Oregon coast so ya! I have been up and down the coast all the way to Washington down to Southern California. Lots of historical spots on the way!

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