We were so entranced by the summit crater we had seen, we decided to stay in the park a second night. We opted to start our day with an early and quick look at the caldera followed by an exploration of the park.
The lava was continuing to erupt from the summit, but from a different spot on the lake. It continued to be fascinating.
We continued our day by driving the Crater Drive, 19 miles which travels down the side of the mountain to the coast. It passes through old flows dating back to 1969. It filled me with awe to see the vastness of the lava as it had flowed over the cliffs and down into the sea.
At the coast huge cliffs fall into the sea and sea birds were nesting in the cracks and crevasses in them.