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Oct 7-Oct 12, 2014 Day 1: Green Sand Beach and drive through South Kona to Volcano Day 2: Volcanoes National park, saw the eruption from Jagger museum, steam vents, small hike to Sulphur banks, chain of craters drive, petroglyphs hike, lava tube. Day 3: Mom-dad took the helicopter ride from Hilo. Indian lunch with Jigi on her bday. Mauna Kea Summit …
... at a county park. And, on the way home, we visited a waterfall at a state park and made a stop at the world's top astronomical observatory on Mauna Kea, which just happens to be the tallest mountain in the world (from its base).
1. During the climb from sea level to the top of the volcano, the vegetation and topography changes many times.
2. In Hawaii, you will get ...
... flows in two distinct types: aa - extremely rough and spiny and pahoehoe - smooth, ropy. The smooth ropy lava reminds me of to top crust on a brownie, when It cracks and flakes. I can't imagine hiking 6 miles on this stuff. Most of the area the wind is so strong it's like driving along the highway with your windows open.
We wound our way down the road with amazing coastal views. As we cruised along it felt like we were going to go careening over a cliff. When we finally made ...
... on schedule after that.
Richard is surviving all these days on the water and we’veenjoyed trivia nights, Wii bowling (our girls team beat the boys) a comedian,complete-the-song challenge and lots of good food! We are having a wonderful time with ourfriends, Jan & Ed, and have met many nice folks from all over the country. Today, we are kicking back a little in ourroom and will pick things up again later this afternoon. Until next ...
... but so far we haven’t heard back from him and I’m not holding out much hope that we’ll ever get a rational explanation.
Anyway, the next day after work Chris and I ventured out again, this time to Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea, which means “White Mountain”, is the tallest mountain in the world if you include the 17000 feet below the ocean’s surface, and is one of the now-dormant volcanoes that ...