one of the most impressive views on the island of hawaii is at the end of chain of craters road. we missed it on our first trip becasue the volcano's noxious gasses were blowing right through it and they wouldn't let visitors down that road.we were lucky enough to see it this year and it was worth the second trip!
the road looks like the set of a volcano disaster movie set. after a few yards the innocuous asphalt road disappears as its surface gets eaten up by hardened lava. you see exactly where the lava stopped its destructive flow. this dividing line is an awesome sight; the line between life and death for many creatures fleeing from the lava. for miles behind this line all you can see is black, lifeless lava. my parents and i walked on top of the lava and followed it all the way to the edge, where the lava met the sea.