On our second day, we headed out to explore the sulfur fields and steam vents near the cabin. It was chilly but felt nice to walk around and show the kids this area of the Park. We found some cool rocks and plants and laughed as we smelled the “volcano farts” (sulfur).
The visitor center at the Park is awesome and the rangers are very helpful. We got some tips and headed on our way down Chain of Craters Road, first to explore the Thurston Lava Tube. Kaitlin loved guiding us through it with her flashlight!
We had an early lunch at the Café by the cabin, grabbed some coffee, and continued to make our way down Chain of Craters. It takes about 45 minutes to make the drive. Our little guy fell asleep so we took our time. When we got to the old lava flow, we got out to explored and first saw the Holei sea arch. You can then walk down the old lava flow and explore. The kids had a wonderful time finding cool lava rocks and seeing all the different colors in them. We spent a good two hours exploring and hanging out.
When we made it back to the car, Brandon bought some drinks and guava macadamia nut cookies for us to replenish with and of course, Warren was grabbing all our cookies for himself. There are several places to stop along the Chain of Craters Road like the Petroglyphs (we didn’t stop here this time – too hot/tired) and a few old craters which are massive.
After a full day of sun and adventure, we rested and hung out in the cabin. It was a wonderful day!