It rained off an on all day on the day we left Hawaii, so the camera stayed in the bag most of the day. I got up early to take one last short walk in VNP along Devastation Trail, which shows in dramatic fashion how the eruptions changed the landscape. At the end of the trail, I reached a lookout over Kilauea Iki, the crater that S and I hiked through a few days ago:
Back at the parking lot, I saw some endangered goose creatures called
Nene (chicken-like) birds pecking at the ground:
The flight home was uneventful. I was asleep shortly after we took off, and we both slept until just before touchdown. Once on the ground, we collected our bags and our car and were home and back in bed by 6am. We slept late, then got up to begin a day of unpacking, cleaning, de-Christmasing, and reconnecting to socal...
Aloha, Hawaii! Mahalo for the great times!