I spent Christmas Day with Mama & Bro on the Big Island! The weather was cloudy and it was raining at times - but that didn't stop us. We started the morning with the trail to the steam vents & sulfur banks. My brother disregarded all the safety signs and walked up to the sulfur banks - he nearly tripped and gave my mother a heart attack!
We drove down Chain of Craters Road. Along the way we stopped at the various stops to see the lava flows. It was hilarious to witness my mom & bro reacting to the lava flow. They acted like children and would jump out of car and start running across the rocks! I could barely keep up with them - I was extremely sore from the Koko Crater death hike - therefore I took a ton of videos and pictures of their craziness. We drove until the end of the road and hiked to see where the lava crossed the road in 2003. My mom lead the way on the hike and was very proud of herself!
We spent the majority of the morning at the park. Afterward I took them to Punaluu Black Sand Beach. They were extremely fascinated by the black sand!! Unfortunately there were no sea turtles on the beach this time.
We went to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory for some macadamia nut tasting. Since it was Christmas the factory was closed but the visitor center was open. There were nine different flavors of macadamias nuts - we tried them all. I personally loved the Kona coffee flavored macadamias nuts. We bought lots of goodies and souvenirs!
At dusk we went back to the National Park to Jagger museum to see the crater. It was breathtaking to watch!