Our first few days involved walking through pit craters, finding recent lava flows from Kilauea, hiking around Mauna Kea at 12,000 feet, Gordon Smith (the lone biologist on the trip and Hannah's cousin) explaining interesting island flora, touring kipukas, and expoloring my personal favorite features, lava tubes.
For the first week, we've been living in rental houses at a small B&B in the town of Volcano, on the border of National Park land. We do have a blog, but it's rather inundated by inside jokes and may not be that interesting to the outside reader. http://hiloandstitch.blogspot.com/.
Looking out across Kilauea Iki crater floor, the last eruption of which occurred in 1959
A lava hook
Diving into shallow water...with shoes on
Stand back, science is dangerous
Inside a large lava tube
Trying to get those extra few inches up to 13,900 ft
Four of us working on extreme photobombing skills
Kalle tries and fails to take one of those pictures where you pretend to hold something in the background in the palm of your hand
Kalle drives recklessly into some lava spilt across a road
Kalle drives recklessly off the summit of Mauna Kea
Kalle drives recklessly off a cliff and into the ocean