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... for native endemic species like the endangered green sea turtles (honu). The area purchased for $30 million in 1989 by Japanese investors who wanted to develop it into a resort area. This condo complex was built, but then challenges by locals stalled their plans until the developers eventually gave up five years later, at a loss of $27 million. I feel a little guilty being here, in this complex that doesn't belong in the middle of this sacred land. You have to respect ...
... caldera somewhere. The whole area was surrounded by steam vents - on both sides of the road. In the field in between there were lots of those bamboo orchids - on tall stems. We had seen a few of them before on the various trails.
After the vents we headed for our house where Kara prepared our packaged ramen noodle soups and our steamed broccoli while I organized and unpacked (I think). We had a nice meal and then headed out again to see ...
... and headed south another 40 minutes to the Volcano National Park. We paid the $10 entry fee and went directly to the visitors center to secure a map and guidance of what to see. The day was overcast but good for going around the park as it kept the heat down.
Before heading out to view the steam vents, creators and lava rock covered areas we ate a picnic lunch we packed before leaving on the trip.
... for looking at a cell phone at a red light, but the friendly police will let you off with a warning.
3. A sunset over the ocean seen from a foggy mountaintop generates fantastic scenery.
4. When the manmade trail markers are piles of volcanic rocks, and you are surrounded by piles of volcanic rocks, it is easy to make a wrong turn.
5. State and county parks can make terrific stops too.
... the nuts you could want.
Tonight we leave Hilo but are having a big bash on the pool deck and if we get shots of the volcano spilling lava into the sea I will send those out when we get home, hopefully late on the 16th. We have three flights to get home and the potential for many connection problems so we will see what happens. Until then, this is the K & D Blog over and out.