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  • Day25

    Mauna Kea Summit, Laupahoehoe, Hawaii 96

    February 22 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Heute Morgen verbrachten wir Zeit im Airbnb🏊🧘. Am Nachmittag waren wir am Strand und probierten das Bodyboard-Surfing. Da es Heute nur wenige Wellen hatte funktionierte es nur mässig. 🌊

    Am späten Nachmittag machten wir uns auf den Weg zum Mauna Kea Gipfel🏔️
    Dabei fuhren wir in circa 1.5h von 0 Meter auf 4000 Meter rauf. Die Tempraturen änderten von 28° auf etwa 3°🥵🥶. Beim Visitor Center muss man eine halbe Stunde Pause machen um sich an die Höhe zu gewöhnen (es wurde uns etwas schwindelig). Wir schafften es dann gerade pünktlich auf den Sonnenuntergang auf den Gipfel!
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    Michelle Arnold

    Soooo schöön😍

    Michelle Arnold


    Veronique Arnold

    Wow mega 😍💓

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  • Day12

    Mauna Kea - die Auffahrt

    August 8, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Da Niklas nach dem Schnorcheln noch kurz Duschen wollte fuhren wir erstmal zurück in unser B'n'B, danach noch was kleines Essen und endlich konnten wir los in Richtung Mauna Kea.
    Wir fahren von Kailua-Kona auf der 190 zur 'Sattle road', dem Hwy 200. Kurz hinter/oberhalb von Kona erinnert die Landschaft an die schottischen Highlands. Links der Straße macht es sogar teilweise den Eindruck ob hier vor kurzem noch ein Wald/Steppenbrand gewütet hat. Aber die Landschaft ist total interessant.
    Die Straße steigt stetig an, das geht auch so weiter auf der sogenannten Sattle Road. Diese ist total neu ausgebaut und mit einem Tempolimit von 60 auch gut zu befahren obwohl es immer noch steil bergan geht. Die karge Landschaft wir immer wieder von Kratern überragt... Gigantisch.
    Auf ca. 2000 Meter Höhe zweigt die Straße zum Visitor center des Manua Kea ab. Die Straße windet sich nun die letzten 6 Meilen auf ca. 2900 Meter hoch. Hier durchquert man auch die erste Wolkenschicht und es regnet eine Weile. Oben angekommen haben wir wieder bestes Wetter...
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  • Day77

    Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea

    May 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    I had the most fitting final day on Big Island. There would have been something missing for me if I hadn't made it up to the 'saddle road' which runs E-W (or W-E ...) across the island on the saddle between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. In the past hire cars weren't allowed up there but the road is mostly upgraded, though driving can be iffy if the weather changes.

    It was a beautiful clear morning so I took a picnic to the Mauna Kea Recreation Area which is about half way across. It fed my soul to finally see the tops of those 2 great volcanoes 😎

    I hadn't planned to do this, but feeling inspired I did a little more research and decided to head up to the Mauna Kea Visitor Centre. It's a stop-off point at 3000m for anyone going to the observatories at the top, to help prevent altitude sickness - it's the change in altitude (most will be travelling from close to sea level) that causes the problem. I saw one person really struggling. To go further you have to have 4WD, specifically a vehicle that can do engine braking on the descent.

    Well that's one of the best decisions I've ever made. It's lovely up there. I huffed and puffed to the top of a nearby cinder cone (the thin atmosphere, obviously) and got fantastic views over that part of the volcano, and not a soul was around. Very special in ways I don't really understand.

    Then I stayed until dark for the star gazing run by the Uni of Hawaii 😊. The centre has facilities to buy and prepare noodle pots, cocoa, coffee. Plus hoodies, socks, hats and blankets to buy. That all makes sense when the temperature drops to 5C ... that compares to low 30s daytime, mid 20s night at the coast... ie. flippin' freezing! So now I have an extra hoodie.

    They show a film while the sky is darkening, which doesn't shy away from the controversy about having the observatories at the summit. I hadn't heard this before. Mauna Kea is a sacred mountain for the native Hawaiians, not only a mountain, but an actual ancestor. I think some sort of framework is in place now to help reconcile the different perspectives.

    Ace day.
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    Spring Wanderer

    View from my private cinder cone 😎 The visitor centre is the single building at the right, the other buildings are accommodation for astronomers working at the observatories

    Spring Wanderer

    View the other way towards Mauna Loa in the distance. It can be very misty down to a 'tropical inversion cloud layer'. The mist swirled in and out - pretty but chilly

    Spring Wanderer

    I had the foresight to plan a little experiment with 2 empty water bottles. Sadly I didn't control all variables, like make of bottle, but I still like the results. The bottle on the right I filled with air (the skills I have!) at the recreation area, which is at about 2000m. The one on the left I filled with air at the MKVC at 3000m. When I got back to base, maybe at 50m, this was the difference. All fortnight my water bottles have been squashed and expanding as I explored - that's what prompted the experiment 😎

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  • Day24

    Mauna Kea Observatory

    July 9, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    It is 9.40 pm right now and I'm tired. 😴 zzzzz
    This morning, we went to the beach, and we practiced snorkeling (which was not that fun for me) and Daddy drove to Kona for a hour to go to a beach that had Sea turtles. Unfortunately, we couldn't see any Sea turtles. We went to Humpys restaurant, I had chicken fingers and the first French fry in America this week (we are trying to eat healthily). It was yummy. Then we headed home, we all rested before we went to the shopping centre. We had dinner and it was time for the Mauna Kea Observatory. The Mauna Kea Observatory is high up in the mountains, higher than MT.Fuji! It was colder than summer in Ireland, it was app.4-5 degrees! We were all wearing cold clothes and we were all freezing to death, we were even higher than clouds ☁️! We went to the gift shop and we drank hot chocolate! Ooh 😲 soooooo warm. Then Mammy bought us astronaut ice cream! Freeze dried chocolate ice cream. Weird. Goodnight! More photos coming tmrwRead more

    Liz Fitzgerald

    Colder than ireland and you still had ice-cream?? 😂😂🍨⛄

    Mary Fitzgerald

    Very interesting day Conor Maya

    Fitzgerald Family

    Well, freeze-dried icecream 🍦

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  • Day37

    Volcano and Planets

    May 22, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Went back to the volcano national park to see it during the daytime.

    Walked through a lavatube and down to what was a lava lake a while ago. Got caught by the rain in the middle.

    Finished with some stargazing at Mauna Kea visitors centre, sky was so clear, got to see a really good view of Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars.Read more

  • Day1

    Mauna Kea visitor center

    January 19, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    On the way up to the summit of Mauna Kea we had to stop at the visitor center to slowly acclimate to the elevation before going to the summit. Saw some interesting silversword plants there and watched part of a film about Mauna Kea and all the telescopes on the summit. Researchers from all over the world use about a dozen or so telescopes and there may be another soon.Read more

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