Sunday, 25 March 2018

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Kilauea, Hawaii

Volcanic Viewing

I took to Highway 11, walking on The Big Island, aka Hawaii Island, which, being clear to us, was in the shape of a bear’s head.

No bears here—no game of any substantial sort, but they do have wild pigs.  They were apparently brought over when the first inhabitants of a Polynesian race discovered these islands.

I met a road construction fellow.

 “Where are yah goin’ to?”

“To Hilo.”

“That far?” 

A sign nearby indicated I’m 13 miles away. “I’m a walker.  Finished doing the U.S. last summer.”

“How long did it take?”

“Six months.”

We parted, but before that I gave him my card with a mantra on it.  I got picked up by Gurudas, Anala and Mayapura Lila.  We then proceeded to the volcano at the Jaggar Museum.  We just had to get away from the crowds, so we walked along the cliff of this impressive, huge crater called Halena’uma’u and finally reached the amazing steam vents.

There is something called vog, and it is the smoky substance emanating from the volcanic fires.  Also interesting is the stark black residue which are solid rocks and formerly the hot lava coming to the district.  When lava flows it destroys everything in sight, including trees, which burst into flames.

Our beautiful day of trekking, smelling, and seeing, ended with a sanga at the home of Ramananda.  There we met Go-bros and Go-sis’ (God brothers and sisters), whom we had never met before, Gopa Vrnda Pal to name one.

May the Source be with you!

8 km

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