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||Brandie getting ready to hit the skies
||They have room on this bird for two pilots?
||Walking the strip
||Got my ears on
||Heart-throb Bob checking all the pre-flight vitals, or is he just wondering what all these dials are for?
||Just like floating on air, take-off was amazingly smooth
||Our first glimpse of Mauna Kea to the south
||Small cinder cones in the foreground, just in front of a more recent lava flow
||'Is this thing on? - Over.'
||You can pretty much date the lava flows according to colour, the darker the more recent
||First views into the Mauna Loa Crater area with white plumes of sulfuric dioxide
||The Volcanoes National Park Museum is in this photo in the bottom right to give a bit of scale
||Thankfully nothing other than this visible cloud of gas has been added to the recent activity list
||You can see a road winding around the pluming crater from right to left, this was closed due to air quality
||Heading south we came across another series of pluming vents, a small geo-instrument near the opening
||Our pilot put us right over the top of this opening, and there it was, molten lava, serious
||This photo feels like it was taken around the dawn of time
||A flow totally taking out a 4-ways
||This massive lava flow left just a small littering of trees along its edges
||Some more than amazing cloud formations near the coastline
||Not much of a beach, but this is where lava meets ocean
||While we were visiting this was where the lava was actually dropping right into the sea water
||Shiny new liquid rock seeps across the barren scape
||Just shear cliffs with waves breaking them into smaller bits of rock, nature at work
||First sighting of lava entering the Pacific and increasing the size of the Big Island
||Newly born earth meeting the currents of an ancient sea
||The formation of an island
||Pele in action, the goddess of the volcano
||Fire and water
||Captain Bob flipping us from one side to the other for some spectacular views
||Some crazies, cheating death for a close-up view of the open lava flow. Hmmmm, are they wearing dockers? Seems safe.
||Apparently a shelf just like this one slid off into the ocean a few weeks prior. You can see people on the shiny new lava to the right
||One last look into the heart of earth-creation
||Here's where we took a walk across the lava, on the right of this photo, out to a night lava viewing location, super cool
||Camping on the beach
||Entering the valley of water
||Waterfalls in every direction along steep valley walls
||Back to the northside of the island through the clouds
||Roger that, we made it!