Sunset over the lava field, lighting up the trail.
Unlike the rest of the day, the wind is not a problem early in the morning around here, so I took the opportunity to walk around the lava field right after I got up this morning.
It's not a long walk, and its paved so anyone can do it, and is about the only time a person gets to walk around on top of a fairly recent, in geologic terms, lava flow.
I think the most interesting thing is how many plants are growing in and on top of the lava. You would think there wouldn't be much for plants to live on perched on top of a rock but somehow a lot of plants seem to make it work.
Taking that walk would be impossible without the paved trail, the sharp lava rock would quickly cut you to pieces, trip you with all of the small holes, and you might end up falling down a 20 or 30 foot drop off on to the jagged lava below. I didn't see a "stay on the trail" sign the whole way.
Now that I've walked the trail I would say once is enough, I don't think the lava field changes enough to see it again, but it is a good way to get some exercise which I'm always in need of.
The lava field trail meanders for about a mile around the lava field just below the campground. The lava field itself is about 45 miles long, and 160 feet deep in some areas.
some little white flowers that appear to grow right out of the lava.
These small, delicate, purple flowers manage to survive in a very harsh environment.
A 30 foot drop off that reminds you bushwhacking is not a good idea.