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Inside the rainforest of Volcanoes National Park is the Thurston Lava Tube. I was so excited that I would have the opportunity to walk where lava once flowed. The tubes are actual pathways where lava rapidly flows under the surface of a lava flow. As the lava cools it leaves a tube like the one we are going to shortly enter!

The pathway leading down to the lava tube

We walked down through the damp rain forest, amid the giant fern, and moss covered rocks, when we came to the entrance of the Thurston Lava Tube.

Entrance to the lava tube

The side wall at the entrance was dripping with water and covered in greenery!

Sidewall of the entrance

We enter the tube.

A bit of perspective

It was “raining” inside the tube as we walked along. The rain was water filtering down through the lava rock above us.

Looking up in the tube

Midway through the tube

The walk through the tube takes about 15 minutes. We approach the exit of the tube, which extended further than travelers are allowed to go.

The exit

Stay tuned as the next leg of this trip will take us to Kilauea Iki Overlook!

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