Something Completely Different…by Brad Marks

With just under 5 miles to go, by the time you read this my last remaining goal of 2022 will be officially checked off. Oddly thanks to Covid, I was able push through the remaining miles and again break the 1200 mile ribbon – there were around 64 miles still to run at end of November. Over the years, I’ve found that running can help ward off sickness or minimally break down whatever heathens make it through my defenses. Feeling under the weather or exposed to the possibility equals 7-9 miles per day – less and don’t sweat enough to purge the sickies, more than 9 miles the immune defense get redirected to muscle recovery instead. I am definitely NOT advocating this approach for others, simply noting it as beneficial to my goal. As I celebrate the accomplishment, going to let Brad take you for a few miles on a hike. Put on your surest footing gear (not Crocs ha), this trek covers some dangerous terrain.

Take it away Brad…

Concrete.  Asphalt.  Crushed gravel.  Grass.  Granite.  Dirt.  Leaves.  Shredded tire chips.  Wood chips.  Mulch.  All good hiking surfaces.  What about hardened basalt?  You know, cooled lava.

I know. I know.  This site is called Wildlife Intrigued.  I have to admit, I’m not going to describe or show any photos of wildlife in this article (unless you count tourists).  But I thought it was interesting and would capture your attention and maybe, just maybe, entice you to visit Volcanoes National Park sometime.

Jan and I were able to reprise a hike we first completed in 2010.  As you’ve seen by now in a few of the past posts, we visited Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii.  And as the name implies, there are volcanoes involved.  Even though Kilauea volcano is currently erupting, there is no molten lava in the Kilauea Iki crater.  Actually, there’s no molten lava within two miles of where we were hiking.  This particular crater last erupted in spectacular fashion in 1959.  (See this site for iconic photos of the drive-in eruption of Kilauea Iki.)   

Despite having arrived early in the morning, the parking lot was nearly full.  I think we found the last available space in the small lot.

Kilauea Iki by Brad Marks

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