On the drive over we cut thru the middle of the island and the weather changed drastically. The sun disappeared and it was just like Maine with a thick fog and rain and temps 20-30 degrees cooler. We also saw huge herds of wild sheep moving thru the lava fields.
Once we got to the far Northern side the weather flipped back again. So so many amazing things.
1. Stopped at Kikeau visitor center and got a great overview of what we should/could do
2. Saw the smoke from lava activity at the Halema'uma'u crater from the Jaggar Museum. Amazed at the number of steam vents so far away from Crater. We couldn't go past Museum as the road was closed because of a land slide.
3. Drove down the Chain of Craters roads and stopped to see the Thurston Lava Tube as well as to hike the Devastation trail to the Kileau Iki crater overlook
By this time we had been up for awhile and starving so we headed back to Hilo to have lunch at Ken's pancake house at the recommendation of the hotel valet.
In Hilo too a short detour to see The rainbow waterfalls. No rainbow but the falls we amazing. On the drive back we stuck to the coast this time and saw so many deep gulches that emptied into the Ocean. It sounds like we should have stopped to see the Akaka Falls which is 5 times the drop of Rainbow falls.
Then back to the hotel to relax at the beach.