Monday, March 19, 2012

Aloha to Kilauea Military Camp and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

After the long hike through Hilo, we drove up to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and checked into the Kilauea Military Camp.   Sometimes the military does have benefits!

The camp was created in the 1920s so it has an "art deco" country style.

Here is our cabin - notice my children's smelly hiking boots outside!

The stone cabins are historic and charming.

Even General Eisenhower stayed at KMC - the Distinguished Visitors' (DV) house was named for him.

Where else can you find a Lava Lounge?

Paradise can be cold in the mountains ...

... but still produce beautiful flowers!

The nene - Hawaiian goose - is making a comeback from near extinction.

At the Visitor's Center, the Scouts point to Mauna Kea on the north end of the island.

Here is a rainwater filling station, "captured by the clouds, filtered by the sand, pumped her by solar."

The Scouts explored the Thurston Lava Tube ... big enough for a party!   Do you have a unique natural wonder near you?   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 winner on Sunday, March 25.


Kim in Hawaii

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  1. I've been to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It was quite an experience. It's not too close to me, but a natural wonder here is Niagara Falls.

  2. Oh my goodness I love the Lava Tube, that looks so incredible. My husband would love that.

    The one natural wonder that I am always talking about is RED ROCK CANYON—15 miles west of Las Vegas. It has the Bureau of Land Management visitor’s center, scenic loop where you can see rock formations and desert, home to feral horses, wild burros, bighorn sheep and coyotes. It's called Red Rock because most of the rocks you see there

  3. That does look beautiful! We have nothing here to compare. Wish we did.

  4. There is a little cave at one of the local beaches that is fun to explore. Lots of people kayak into it. But if it is high tide, there is no access, so you have to time your trip to the cave at the right time.

  5. Well, an hour or so drive from me are Laurel Caverns which many explore and still have many fossils.


  6. The Ohio, Monongahela and Allegheny rivers come together at
    Point State Park in Pittsburgh.

  7. Well, I am near the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Island. They don’t photograph nearly as well as Hawaii, but each is unique in it’s own right! Enjoyed the pics, Kim. Hope y’all had fun.

  8. I'm not aware of any near where I live, but I have been to Niagara Falls and Howe Caverns in NY State and the Grand Canyon.

  9. We don't have any natural wonders near us.

  10. we have two color waterfall near my town