Thursday, March 15, 2012
So Much To See! by DL Larson
On the big island of Hawaii, there is a place in the Puna District where the lava rock heats the lagoon and the waves of the Pacific wash over the reefs and sporatically surges into the tranquil pool. It's a bit like trying to relax with a toddler about. Not nearly as tranquil as you hoped, yet surprisingly fun!
The lagoon picture above, is just one of the many stops I made on a trip to paradise. The rain clouds hovered in the distance and I watched them move toward the island. The wind picked up, the waves grew taller and looked menacing, and folks left the lagoon quickly as the waves struck the reef wall with surging velocity. The serene setting turned into a whirlpool in only a few moments. Paradise, I discovered, has a temper!
The Kilauea Volcano errupted in 1960, the most active volcano on the islands. In its wake it left black sand beaches and lava cliffs. Black sand is made immediately when lava hits salt water. The surf is large and the splash is over 60 feet in places. No one stands too close or the force of the water will knock you down.
The park is visited by thousands each year. I was happy to be one of them. If you ever get to Hawaii, make the Puna District a must see.
Til next time ~