After we parted ways with Ranger Ed, we decided to do the Kilauea Iki trail. The trail took us through some amazing rainforest. The ferns were beautiful, the trees were towering and the random flowers delighted me. We kept our eyes open for Nene but never saw any. The trail takes you down into the Iki crater. The change in terrain is dramatic.
A couple days later we decided we wanted to see some surface flows. So we drove out to a lava field near Pu'u O'o vent. We walked about 1/2 mile over 4 month old lava (it was still a little warm and had a very glassy and metallic look) and watched some lava flowing down the mountain side. It was something I will probably never see again