Lava Field at Pu‘u Loa
Grasses have begun to reclaim the lava flows at Pu‘u Loa near the end of Chain of Craters Road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. A few hundred yards from this point, lava from the 1969-74 eruptions of Mauna Ulu covered everything, burying archeological sites, ancient Hawaiian villages, and all flora. For now, at least, Pu‘u Loa has survived, and the thousands of petroglyphs found inscribed on the rocky ground can still be seen and appreciated. The walk from the road to the site of most of the petroglyphs was along terrain like this with only a few cairns (ahu in Hawaiian) to mark the way.
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