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... events for 2013 on the bulletin board in our lodge’s reception area. I’m a newbie when it comes to star gazing, but boy it is fascinating and has captured my imagination and there is so much to learn!
Here’s some information about the Geminid Meteor Shower:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronom y/2013/12/13/geminid_meteor_shower_view ing_guide.html
... quite scary as they grow so large they look like something out of a horror movie. I particularly did not like the banyan trees whose aerial roots looked like they would grab you at any time. The sheer scale of the plants is hard to capture in pictures it really is like someone gave the forest plant food.
After the falls we drove down the scenic coast road to the Hawaiian Botanical Gardens. Ali wanted to see the orchids so we thought it was worth the stop off. ...
... and the township is serene and quite beautiful across the shorefront. We like Hilo.
A late lunch at a great little roadside takeaway where J-she bravely tries a traditional dish- Lau Lau. It's pork wrapped in some sort of leaf and it's pretty good. Mind you, I'm not sure that macaroni 'salad' is very traditional.
We've noted that America seems to think anything drowned in mayonaisse is a 'salad'. I get a BLT which isn't very good but ...
... never stopped - they have over 170 junior ranger badges), and talked with a ranger about the different hikes in the area. We also watched a movie that showed some highlights in the park followed by a short safety video.
We decided to do our long hike first as to avoid the hottest part of the day. We started on our 4 mile hike - Kilauea Iki Trail. Before we started the hike we enjoyed the amazing view of the floor of ...
... shop. We found our tour company, and after packing up my dad's backpack with all our water and snacks and whisks, we were ready, and so got in a shuttle van with our guide that would take us to the end of the road and the start of the vast expanse of old crusty lava that lay between us and our destination.
We started out on lava from a flow in 1952. W e could tell this lava had been here a relatively long time because much vegetation ...