October 27, 2016 Rainy Day Flow
Mahalo to Jake Shimabukuro for the use of his song “Tritone” from the album “Nashville Sessions” on JS Records… you da man, Jake!
Rain prevented us from visiting anywhere on the 61G lava flow except the ocean entry. Fortunately, it was quite spectacular! All activity is still confined to the Kalpana (eastern) lava delta… the western on having died out about a month ago. Numerous lobes of lava are pouring into the Pacific Ocean there, creating a huge plume of laze that can be seen for many miles. Two small boats were on hand, but only a handful of visitors braved the soggy weather to see the creation of the news land on earth. A few hikers were seen in the area of the skylight about a 1/4 mile above the road. There the hot molten rock makes it’s way beneath the surface and into the Pacific Ocean. Several cracks expose Pele’s hot liquid rock coursing below. Pele continues to form new black sand beaches along the coast near her ocean entries. The hot lava’s interaction with the cold seawater shattering the flow into bits that are then tumbled into submission. What a magnificent sight for visitors both from the tour boats and cliffs nearby! Bruce Omori, Special Guest, Rick Hazlett and I flew with the Smiley Face Pilot, Colin Burkardt… believe it or not, he flies between the raindrops!