Aug 4, 2013 - it was an early morning, but we were fortunate because the skies were clear and the water was pretty calm. Capt. Gene got us on the boat quickly, and we were off. He wasn't very talkative, but his first mate spoke with us on the ride out about what we were seeing on the coast. He was interesting and informative. The lava was flowing pretty well, and we were able to stay for a good amount of time. I was impressed with Capt. Gene's ability to keep us close to the lava without crashing us on the rocks. At no time did we worry about our safety, but we did marvel at the lava flowing out into the water. The steam was amazing, too. On the way back we saw several flying fish - also amazing. We would have enjoyed hearing more about the area on the way back, but I must admit that we were pretty quiet ourselves. We'd seen surface flow on a previous trip, and this was an interesting and beautiful way to see it again. We got some really nice pics.
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