Ok, well, here’s the update you’ve all been waiting for! :grin:

The trip to Hawaii was way too short and way too full of work-related crap… but Rob and I were able to escape one afternoon to drive the 93 miles or so to Kilauea… a.k.a VOLCANO! Oh, it was so fun, and I even managed to almost kill the two of us when I insisted on nabbing a photo of the caldera and the wind direction changed. We were distinctly downwind of the noxious fumes emanating from the steam vents and our lungs were none to happy when the hydrogen sulfide was turning into sulfuric acid in our mucus membranes, but FFS! When was I ever going to be that close to the active caldera again?!?!? Everything cleared up after about 20 minutes of hacking… so all’s well that ends well, right? :roll:

The Volcanoes National Park is pretty freaking awesome, should you ever manage to make your way to the Big Island of Hawai’i. You can see the steam vents, the active caldera, several past craters, a lava tube, old lava flows, new lava flows… hell, there is even a spot where the road was closed due to the most recent eruption flowing out and over the road on its way to the sea. It is truly spectacular (and you can crawl all over it in order to get out to see the most RECENT flows). I was skipping all over the old pahoehoe and a’a flows… out of bounds, I am sure of it, but I had my ready excuse of… “it’s ok, I am a geologist!” prepared, just in case. We didn’t get to hike out to the most recent lava benches due to our lack of flashlights and the rapid loss of daylight, but as we were walking back to the car, we could see the lava flowing down the hillside from the vents uphill. It was SO FREAKING COOL!!!

Now, this is in marked contrast to Haleakala, the dormant (?) volcano on Maui, which is also TOTALLY awesome. Its summit is just over 10,000 ft and you can hike down into the old caldera crater. Rob and I have never made it more than about halfway down, as it is a pretty massive hike, and he didn’t want to have to haul my sorry ass back up… up to this point, Rob and Maggi’s volcano adventures at these meetings have been on the island of Maui.

I thought driving three hours from sea level up to 10,000 ft to the summit of Haleakala was about the coolest… but I’ll have to say, seeing that red hot lava flowing down the hill at Kilauea was amazing.

It’s times like these that I almost consider changing careers to volcanology. Almost.

Aside from the trip to the VOLCANO! things were rather ok… talks went well, had one the afternoon of the first day and one the afternoon of the last day. Both were actually well attended. My horrible advisor ambushed me at the end of the meeting and basically told me she was going to do everything in her power to make my remaining time under her thumb even more a living nightmare than it already is, so it may be time to institute Plan: Get a new advisor. We’ll see, and I will keep you posted.

I’ll post a link to the VOLCANO! pictures in a bit! :wink:


  1. Helen Says:

    :razz: :razz: Mags, First let me say I am proud of you for your accomplishments ! I love this sight and it is so YOU ! :mrgreen: Ok, 6 months 22 days and then Hon, it will be over and somehow we can throw a party ,,, Wantd tosee you before then to sit in front of the pool,,,but we do have the hot tub.. Your brighten mine and Ians day each and everyone of them… thank you my lil sis , I love you, and always remember chin up !

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