On the way to the volcano, our professor warned us that we wouldn't be able to see any lava on our hike; however, upon our arrival, a park ranger told us that we could see lava if we drove a short 2 miles to the Jaggar Museum.
It was fantastic to see the lava flowing out of the earth, especially since it is so rare- Elon students have not seen lava here ever in the past 25 years! We were also able to go on a hike through a lava tube, which provided a cool break from the hot sun.
After our hike, we got back on the bus to head to our last stop, the Black Sand Beach. At the beach some people swam while others simply walked around and enjoyed the view of the ocean. The three massive sea turtles resting on the shore provided a unique and exciting touch to the already gorgeous scenery.