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... the Visitors Centre and then out of the National Park and on to the Lava Trees State Park. Here Mark left us, so our ears could have a rest (in fact, Mark was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about everything Big Island, so not to be forgotten in a hurry), and a new guide, Cody took over. He was much quieter than Mark and while he was just as knowledgeable the info came in less of a machine gun presentation. In the Lava Tree Park, there are ...
... on the railing – not that these binoculars are that heavy, but it’s more comfortable as we hang and observe. After maybe 10 minutes of gazing, we conclude we had a false alarm.
As it happens it was at that very moment that I hear a “moo”. Our resident cows have come near the fence of our ...
... its trunk. I find an elliptical clearing marked by large rocks. I start to step over the rocks to enter the clearing and one foot stops in mid-air. I’m not meant to be within the circle. I feel energy emanating from three-three foot high stone circles in the clearing and sense this is a place meant only for those who are part of its history and culture. In the middle stone circle, a ...
... where lava had met the sea. The sea was very deep right up to the cliff and we were just taking in the colours when we noticed a whale, only 200 metres from where we were standing. We whipped the camera out, and next thing we knew, a whale had breached right in front of us. It really was awesome.
Eventually, we went to the end if the road... which only became the end of the road a few years back when lava crossed it. ...
... to check a few out, so we ducked off to see one of the more notable ones - the Umauma Falls. It turned out they were located in some botanical gardens, and it was going to cost $10 each to go in. Probably a good place to spend the day - zip lines all over the place, but we only wanted to duck in, so we kept going.
Akaka Falls just down the road, on the other hand, only cost $1 each, and that was the one we really wanted to see. We had a great walk ...
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