Back to the volcano!
Today we decided to head back up to the volcano for a hike across a lava lake. On the drive down the coast we decided to hit up South Point. The southern most point in the United States. It was a wonderfully sunny day so we had some lunch and a bit of a walk around. Then Andy decided to take the leap! It is a 35 foot jump from the cliffs into the incredibly clear beautiful water. Water that is so clear that when you are underwater you can see 100 feet!!! Beautiful snorkeling but the massive rip tides tend to turn people away.
So Andy decided to take the leap 🙂 It was quite exciting. The climb up looked scariest, it was made up of sections of metal ladders only attached loosely with bolts that were the wrong size!!! YIKES! But people do the jump all the time so we figured it was safe enough 😉 I didn’t get a good enough photo the first time so I had him jump again. It was so exciting! Afterwards we were chatting with a local girl who was selling jewelry and said that apparently there are loads of sharks in the water!!!! AHHHH!!!!! But she says that they swim with them all the time and they don’t bother them even when they have chum bags tied to their hips (Why on earth would you go into shark infested waters with a chum bag…?)
because there are massive tuna not far off the coast and the sharks get their fill of tuna….I’m glad we didn’t know all of this before Andy jumped…I don’t know how settled we all would have felt about the situation knowing he was jumping into a shark pool…
It was good fun, beautiful, and warm 🙂 So we hopped into the car and headed to colder weather up ontop of the volcano. We knew exactly where to drive, got out and started the 5 mile hike.
It was so incredible hiking across a hardened lava lake. The environment was like being on another planet like mars or something. Everything looked fake. Massive sheets of lava that looked like icebergs. There were also lots of steam vents that we could go look down into. The kids seemed a bit freaked about the steam thinking it was toxic so they kept their distance and held their breath 😉 Kids are funny that way 🙂
By the end of the hike Isaiah was getting quite tired and lagging behind a bit so my dad stayed back with them but Lily, our little hiker girl, was complaining that the 5 mile hike wasn’t long enough and she wanted to go again!!!! What a determined little trooper! I love that little girl more than anything. She’s just a bit too awesome ❤
It was a long sleepy drive for us back home. Another day of fun was ahead of us 🙂