Happy New Year to you all! Our first media lava charter of 2018 was an incredible one, as January 3rd marked the 35th anniversary of this current eruption, the activity we observed was truly outstanding! And things started out in a spectacular fashion with Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s lava lake giving us a show… transitioning from a crusted surface with little bursts of activity, to an entire body of molten liquid bubbling and foundering, all in a span of just a couple minutes! And as often as we do this, I’m often amused that the flights never get old, as my mind was blown once again! The upper flow field continues to be very active, with several large breakouts occurring while we hovered above it, while the pali and coastal plain remain somewhat subdued, relatively speaking. See the photos below! And, stayed tuned for a HOT Lava Fix!!