U.S.S. Kitty Hawk -- NCC-1659
In early December 2001, Brad McDonald, JR Fisher, and Spring Brooks journeyed to Hawaii. The guys went for the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Spring went to visit family, too.
The National Volcano Observatory is situated on the rim of Mt Kileau, the home of the Goddess, Pele. It was very windy, rainy, and cold -- in December. On one side of the volcano was desert while the other side was rain forest. A large lave tube was open to the public. See Brad climb out of it (last photo). Someone had to climb down into the volcano. A thick crust had formed over the still-molten lava. Sulfur and steam crept from the fissures. Natives built lava rock tributes to Pele in the caulderon (first photo). See JR "really" hanging onto the sign (photo #7).
Further on the Big Island was Mt. Mauna Loa where there were 15-20 international observatories. It was below freezing and it got hard to breathe.
From the side of Mt. Kilaeu, a long flowing eruption is pouring into the ocean.