Poking at 2000 degrees F. hot lava with a metal pole had never been one of my goals in life. It was, however, an amazing experience, and I now have even more respect for glassblowers, pizza makers, and others who must deal with this type of intense heat on a daily basis.
Arnott's Lodge in Hilo has special excursions to the lava beds, and guarantee that you will see flowing lava up close and personal. This is one of their most popular adventures, although definitely not for sissies.
Most people take a quick tour of Volcanoes National Park and drive to the spot where the road abruptly ends courtesy of Madame Pele, goddess of fire. They then walk a few feet, look through telescopes to ta...Read More