Back in 2009, I was able to finally cross something big off my bucket list – to see an active volcano. I traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii and I saw Kilauea, an active volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is about a 45 minute or 30 mile journey from Hilo, Hawaii. Located on the Big Island, the park encompasses a large portion of the southeastern part of the island. As soon as we got close to the national park, I was amazed at how wet and dense the vegetation was so close to an active volcano. For some reason, I just figured the land would be mostly barren, like other places on the island. However, the area was a lush tropical rainforest. In fact, we were going to camp within the park for one night, but the campground was literally underwater in places. (It had been raining heavily and most of the available campsites were flooded. I had no idea that rain would even be an issue. Needless to say, we had to find a room for the night!)