James and I are standing in the same spot in these photos. It was incredible to see the steam rising from the earth.
We saw a bunch of steam vents.
These little orchids were growing all over the place.
There is a rainforest within the National Park.
This pheasant was kind enough to stop and pose for me.
We got to see these Nene Goose, which are the state bird of Hawaii. These are endangered, and the park rangers stop traffic whenever they see them crossing the roads.
We ate dinner at Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant. I had called earlier in the evening for reservations, and I'm glad I did. This place was busy. The owner/chef used to be the make up artist for Magnum P.I. He spent time in Europe learning how to cook & and boy can he cook. This was one of the best meals I had on the trip.
Delicious homemade bread.
I had the Safari Schnitzel. This was my first time to have antelope. Very good.
Their menu changes on a daily basis.
After dinner, we drove back to the National Park so we could get a view of the volcano at night. This was awesome! It was getting chilly and beginning to rain, so I put on a jacket that I'd purchased at the gift shop.
I was glad I had brought my tripod. I set it up & had some fun taking some shots at a long exposure. This is one of my favorite photos from the trip. It is no wonder the guide had told us that we needed to make sure to see the volcano at night too!