Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Today, I hiked with my family (4 adults and 3 children) the Iki caldren at the Hawaii island's active volcano. We went down from the rim to the caldren floor (400 ft drop in elevation using switch backs and steps), across the cooled lava bed, up the bridge (up 400 ft of mostly steps) so that we could view the Kilauea crater (huge). Then we took the rim trail back to the start. It was 4.5 miles and took us 3 hrs. It was awesome to see the past lava flows, current steam vents, and in the distance the active volcano.
The most special part of this experience is that my husband and I were here 10 years ago and I couldn't even walk around in the parking lots because I was so heavy and out of shape. I was so excited driving to the volcano today because I knew what we were going to hike and I KNEW that I wasn't going to have any problems. The hike went great! It was hot and humid and the steps were high and long but I did it just fine, even after a 1 hr weight workout earlier that morning. I managed to complete the whole adventure without any troubles. My son kept saying how proud he was of my improvement. It was an amazing accomplishment for me.