The lava is flowing into the ocean again after taking a couple of weeks off to meander towards the houses in Kalapana. Two houses have been taken by Pele within the past year. Several tourist helicopters were in the air flying up and down the lava flow area. Smoke rising from lava could be seen in several spots from the coast to a mile or two up slope toward the mountain.
The hike started out the same from the end of the road, I was carrying Braun on my back in our child carrier back pack and Hope was making her first trip with us. There was a new sign on the beach at the start of the hike, “No hiking to view lava flow”, the locals view these signs as guidelines, and there is no keeping people from their mother, mother nature that is. Where the 90’s lava flow meets the older coast line that has vegetation on it, the sign police spray painted “keep out” in several spots on the small lava cliff. Vandalizing the landscape to try and keep people away from using it is pretty ironic.
The hike was pretty routine until we arrived at the flow area, several hot spots and smokey areas spotted the new landscape. We could see where the lava was flowing into the ocean about a half mile ahead, but we were a bit spooked by the breadth of the flow area we were walking over. We turned back, hit the coconut grove at what is left of Foxes Landing, opened a sprouted nut for a snack, put three nuts in our backpacks and we made our way back.