Posted by: budgettravel in Fun Activity, Hikes, Interesting Natural Feature, United States of America 6 months, 2 weeks ago
The Road to Puna
The Road to Puna (also known as Kalapana-Kapoho Road) is lined with many tree canopies. The windy road made its way mostly along the coast, with frequent views of waves crashing along the shore.
Posted by: budgettravel in Hikes, History, Interesting Natural Feature, United States of America 7 months ago
Spencer Beach to Hapuna Beach via Ala Kahakai Trail
The Ala Kahakai Trail is an old trail from the time of the Hawaiian Kings connecting the Kings' roads and fisherman's trails. Currently, only small portions are maintained and signed as hiking trails. From Spencer Beach to Hapuna Beach is a 5-6 mile return hike with fairly minimal elevation gain with occasional short climbs onto lava rocks. Spencer Beach at the north end looked to be a local beach, with many local campers.
Posted by: budgettravel in Fun Activity, Hikes, Interesting Natural Feature, United States of America 7 months ago
Carlsmith Beach is a beautiful beach with many coconut tree islets just off shore. The beach is surrounded by turquoise waters, too choppy for my snorkeling tastes unfortunately, though many other visitors felt very comfortable swimming. There were sharp black lava rocks to walk on (bring water shoes) and white sand-bottomed coves. Carlsmith Beach is probably the most beautiful beach we went to in our attempt to turtle-spot, though we did not spot any here. Parking here was limited and the beach was busy, but for good reason.
Posted by: budgettravel in Hikes, Interesting Natural Feature, United States of America 7 months, 1 week ago
Pololu Valley Hike
This was a very interesting hike which took us through a variety of different landscapes. The 5 mile hike with 1000 foot elevation gain started with a black sand beach after an initial downhill switchback, meadows growing on sand dunes and a very humid jungle of Pandanus and mango trees. Our trail was adorned with giant ferns as we trudged along the mud.
Posted by: budgettravel in Hikes, Interesting Natural Feature, United States of America 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Geology of the Hawaiian Islands
I find that I appreciate a place more when I know how it got there. The stories of its origin, its geology, add to the depth of what I see before me. We learned some interesting geology facts from a Ranger talk and a sign posted at the Hohei Sea Arch trailhead. Volcanoes National Park consists of Mauna Loa and Kilauea Volcanoes. I've included the other 3 volcanoes here for the sake of completeness.