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Hawaii : Volcano's Secrets

Aloha Crater Lodge is a hidden spot in the middle of the jungle. Think of old style kistch and 50's classics playing non-stop on the TV, big bathtub, just P·E·R·F·E·C·T after a long day hiking.

I'm sure my friend Yoko would love this decoration, colorful & cozy. Natural but thought-thru is really welcoming when you get there, the nights get chilly in the Mountain so the portable heater comes in handy (not to mention the bananas, the home-made granola & fresh milk waiting at the fridge). One bottle of wine was missing and I would have just moved there.

So after a great breakfast, amid the rainy jungle, we got the owner to take us a secret lava tube.

Here, with the helmets. NOTE : Mine is actually leopard print.

Hiking, to the entrance of the cave.

Climbing down, along scary stairs.

This had not been planned in advance. Hence my completely inappropriate attire.

The Hawaii’s Kazamura Cave is the world’s longest lava tube with 65.5 km of passages mapped.

It was created round 700 years ago by an especially large and long-lasting eruption of Kilauea volcano. The cave is a showcase of lava formations and flow features. This cave pierces the underground from one side to another. We just walked along a 2km and believe me, it turned out to be pretty TOUGH. Complete darkness, rugged rocks. I got something under my skin and a jagged ankle - as usual - but it was well worth the effort.

Cool colors & moss that doesn't even need light to grow.

For once, a picture with both of us! Yes. I was a bit traumatized - but as most of you know I am kind of a claustrophobic person.


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