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Making a Trail

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

We drove from Hawi across the northern part of the Big Island to the observatory on Mauna Kea. Along the way we stopped at what’s called a “Kipuka.” Not sure the exact translation, but basically its a forest that has blossomed in a once baron lava flow and isĀ  isolated on all sides by lava, thus creating its own little ecosystem. It was eerily pretty, especially in all the fog.


We missed getting a shot of the giant wild goats that were around this watering hole:

Kapuka Forest

Lehua blossoms:FlowerThe grand finale of the day trip was getting to the observatory on the side of Mauna Kea. Its was about 40 deg F before the sunset, and you could see snow on the summit (which we, obviously, did not go up to). At 9,200 feet, none of us got altitude sickness, but who knew it makes you so gassy?


After this pic, the sun went down, and they set up thousands of dollars worth of telescopes, and let us look at Jupiter, some moons, and the international space station. Then we froze our butts off and drove home (to Hawi).

~ Becky