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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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When we left off, we were at one area of the park where were got our first view of Kilauea! It was amazing! We left there and found ourselves at the Thurston Lava Tubes. The area: A rainforest!

We found ourselves feeling like Alice did in Alice in Wonderland, finding ourselves as tiny creatures amongst the biggest ferns I think I have ever seen.

A perspective on the size of the plants

My husband is in this photo on the bottom left corner. The fern emerges directly opposite him!

Fiddlesticks? The emerging fern leaves are called fiddles, and were were amongst some of the biggest I have ever seen!

One big fiddle!

These ferns were so amazing, and I took loads of photos!

A glorious fern fiddle

The center of a giant fern

Up close and personal

The colors are quite amazing as these things open up.

The fiddles as it opens

The red in the leaves of the ferns was used by the earlier Hawaiians as a dye.

Newly opened fern leaf

I hope that you enjoyed these ferns as much as I did! They are part of the rainforest here surrounds that surrounds the Thurston Lava Tube where we will head in Part III!

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