It was a delight to discover and read Wendell Duffield's "Chasing Lava." As the son of a geophysicist who worked at Hawaii Volcano Observatory in the late 1950's and early 1960's, this account brought back many childhood memories of our time on Kilauea. It was interesting to learn how scientific methods for studying the volcano have evolved, and how the many subsequent eruptions have transformed the landscape since our time there. This information has been most useful in helping me plan hikes and other explorations for an upcoming visit to the national park.
The author conveys the excitement of living on and studying one of the world's most active volcanoes. Highly recommended.
This was where I learned that the Hawai'ian islands have no snakes, and that bringing anything alive in from elsewhere is strictly controlled. It is a fun story about how a volcanologist got real-life field experience right after completing his degree and getting married. I just wish his wife could have become a veterinarian, and not felt that the time and culture she lived in could stop her. At least she had her cat!