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My Most Thrilling And Adventurous Hike At Kilauea Iki Crater

 NEVER EXPECTED.... When my daughter-in-law suggested going hiking and seeing the volcano crater, I was not prepared to have the longest and the most dangerous walk I have ever experienced in my whole life..... 

As I mentioned before, I did not know what to expect from this Kona trip, I just tagged along, expecting to have a relaxing time in the resort and eating to my heart's content.  That was what I was prepared to... LOL... however on that day, I was stretched to the fullest of my stamina, hiking up and down a volcanic mountain and walking across the crater which has exploded just two years back.  If I have known this earlier, I would say... "hey, you guys go ahead, I will wait for you all in the car.... " 

On this adventurous day, I experienced going through a lube, a pathway created by the volcanic eruption, it was like a cave... dark and moist inside and we need to switch on our handphone to go through.. isn't that adventurous?  Reminds me of the Famous Five from the Enid Blyton books except this cave is created by the volcano.

So what volcano did I walk through?  That much I only found out after we finished the thrilling hike... it is called Kilauea Iki Crater.... 

2-3 hours of walking.... 
it is like going up and down a 40 storey building as it says here...
but of course, without ascending and descending the rocks... 
that is the frightening part....
Initially started with just a light and easy walk up to see this crater.... 
I thought... hey, that was easy.... 
took a few pictures and away we drove away.... 

Then we joined in the hiking into the mountains...
Seniors were in front of me....
Aanother reassurance... if they can do it, so can I....
But halfway through, they detour ....
And.....
.... after an hour of descending hike, we were on flatland...
This is the hole left by the volcano....
And we had to walk through the crater which has some parts still steaming out smoke...
Isn't that frightening?
I mustered up some courage.... in the middle of the crater.... 
And off again we walked across.... to don't-know-where...
I just walked on and on...
it seems like an endless walk to me...
Cracks along the way....
I dare not even looked in..... 
Ending the walk on flat surface, we had to ascend these rocky parts...
And there I was.... huffing and puffing...
There was no turning back... 
we just had to go up and up... 
Now thinking back, I wonder how I made it through....
Thank God for His Protection....
My most thrilling hike at the age of 60+.....

Comments

  1. Oh no!!! I salute you!!! For sure I would tell them to go ahead and I will wait in the car!!! I did not even want to walk up St Paul's Hill in Melaka, asked everybody to go ahead...and I took a beca (trishaw) to the other side of the hill to wait for them. LOL!!!

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  2. gosh! that is such a strenuous hike! i don't think i can make it. Kudos to u!

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  3. I also cannot do this hike. Then have to walk back, right? The walking back part is the tiring part. What an adventure for u.

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  4. You are very brave my dear. Volcano crater is no joke! I will gostan for sure. LOL!

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