Mauna Kea, Hawaii – Dormant Volcano

Mauna Kea is the highest point in Hawaii (4,207 metres / 13,803 feet above sea level) and is located more or less right in the middle of The Big Island. This is a barren almost desert like area on the island. It is windswept, dusty and hot.Why? Well Mauna Kea is a long dormant volcano (it last erupted over…

Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii

The volcano was cranky but not angry. Sadly there was no lava flow when I visited the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii the Big Island but there was plenty of evidence of the destructive power of the Kīlauea Volcano in the surrounding volcanic landscape.  

Life Amongst the Devastation

In 1959 a volcanic eruption occurred that created Pu’u Pua’i, a cinder cone on the rim of the Kīlauea Iki crater in the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The pit of the crater became a superheated sea of lava. Today you can hike along the floor of the Kīlauea Iki crater. Although when you enter the trail you…

Mount Saint Helens – Mother Nature’s devastating beauty

Mount Saint Helens is located in southwest Washington, just under a 3 hour drive from Seattle. On the morning of May 18th, 1980 the volcano erupted, changing the face of the mountain forever. Following a 5.1 richter scale earthquake (caused by a huge surge of magma) the peak of the mountain collapsed and an avalanche,…