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  • Day22

    Kens House of Pancakes

    September 26 in the United States

    Heute ging es nach Hilo zum Ziplinen. Nach ca 45 Minuten kamen wir hungrig am Parklplatz an und steuerten zunächst "Kens House of Pancakes" an, was wieder ein typisch Amerikanisches Breakfast Diner ist, das 24/7 geöffnet hat und rund um die Uhr Frühstück serviert. Obwohl es hier Waffeln, Burger, Burritos, Chilli, Omelette und allerhand anderes Zeug gab entscheiden wir uns natürlich für Pancakes. Und die waren günstig, reichlich und lecker! Dazu gab es natürlich wieder All-You-Can-Drink Coffee. So gestärkt konnte es weiter gehen.Read more

  • Day22

    Zipline through Paradise

    September 26 in the United States

    Auf diese Aktivität, die wir lange vor der Reise gebucht hatten, freuten wir uns schon sehr lange. Von einem Hotel an der Nordküste Hilo's wurden wir mit vier anderen Teilnehmer in einem Truck abgeholt und auf einen dicht bewachsenen Berg gefahren. Hier sah es wirklich wie in einem Urwald aus, so grün und vielfältig war die Vegetation. Nach dem anlegen der Ausrüstung und der Sicherheitsbelehrung ging es auch schon los. Von Platform zu Platform ging es über insgesamt acht Seilstrecken zurück ins Tal. Die Ziplines waren meistens ziemlich lang. Der letzte Abschnitt führte sogar eine halbe Meile, also knapp 800 Meter, über eine tiefe Schlucht. Das besondere war aber der Fluss, den wir mehrmals kreuzten, denn dieser floss nicht ruhig vor sich hin sondern ergoss sich in mehreren Wasserfällen ins Tal. Genau über diese Wasserfälle führten einige der Seilbahnen sodass man sich diese beim vorbeifliegen genau anschauen konnte. Zum Schluss wurden wir wieder ins Hotel gebracht. Anschließend gingen wir nur noch kurz Eis essen, etwas shoppen und fuhren dann wieder zurück zur Unterkunft.Read more

  • Day27

    Hilo

    October 1 in the United States

    Heute verlief alles etwas anders als geplant... Eigentlich wollten wir heute in Hilo tauchen gehen. Also standen wir früh auf und fuhren um 07:00 Uhr los um pünktlich um 08:00 im Tauchshop in Hilo zu sein. Dort angekommen wurde uns aber gesagt dass wir heute leider nicht tauchen gehen können, da Strömungen trübes Wasser angespült haben und dadurch die Sicht nicht besonders gut gewesen wäre. Ausserdem wären die Strömungen zu stark und die Wellen zu hoch, wodurch es gefährlicher wäre als sonst. Um uns selbst von der Situation zu überzeugen fuhren wir an den Ort, wo wir eigentlich hätten tauchen gehen sollen. Zu unserer Überraschung fuhren wir in die Nähe des Richardson Ocean Park, wo wir zwei Tage zuvor ohnehin schon Schnorcheln waren. So waren wir nicht allzu enttäuscht dass es heute nicht geklappt hat denn die Unterwasserwelt in der Gegend haben wir ja schon erkunden können. Also verbrachten wir noch einige Zeit in Hilo und spazierten durch das Städtchen. Bevor wir zurück fuhren holten wir uns lecker Poke vom ältesten Fischhandel auf Big Island (Suisan) , der bisher jeden Tsunami und Hurricane überlebt hat.Read more

  • Day9

    Hilo

    April 2 in the United States

    Wir sind nun an der feuchten grünen Seite der Insel Big Island. Bevor wir zu unserem „Bali-Häuschen“ runter fahren schauen wir uns noch Hilo an. Eine Stadt, die auch schon von Tsunamis heimgesucht wurde. Sehr speziell; wunderschön ist sie nicht, aber irgend was hat sie schon. Für die meisten Besucher ist sie wohl nur der Ausgangspunkt um den Vulcano Park 🌋 zu besuchen und by the way schaut man noch die alte Downtown an der Front oder den kleinen japanischen Garten an. Touristisch wirkt sie jedenfalls nicht. Vielleicht weil sie zu den feuchteren Cities dieser Welt gehört.

    Die Sushis im etwas karg wirkenden “ocean sushi” in der zweiten Strassenreihe waren sehr lecker 👍🥑🍱🍚
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  • Day16

    Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii

    September 12, 2016 in the United States

    Had a great day touring the whole island of Hawaii, located in the county of Hawaii, in the state of Hawaii. Saw lava splashing in the caldera of Kilauea Volcano, walked through a short lava tube, and saw some spectacular waterfalls. Another bucket list day for me, as I have always wanted to see lava! Unfortunately my phone battery was flat, so didnt take photos, but my guide took a picture of me at the entrance to the lava tube.Read more

  • Day18

    Lava Lava Lava

    September 14, 2016 in the United States

    Had another great day exploring the southern part of Hawaii from Hilo, the largest town on the island. Apparently it rains everyday here and yesterday was no exception. There were flash floods, blinding rain and plenty of thunder and lightning. So much lava, flowing and hardened - apparently there are thousands of lava tubes around here. Half the town of Hilo is built on top of them, and occasionally they collapse 😳Read more

  • Day35

    Hawaii

    May 20, 2016 in the United States

    So the last few days have been spent getting to Hawaii.

    We did some shopping (somehow Alex spent more than me in the San Jose Sharks shop), visited the mystery house in San Jose, and been relaxing in Hawaii for a couple of days.

    The hotel was cheap, and has a nice garden full of frogs that do their mating call from sunset to sunrise... I have ear plugs for sleeping now. I've been for my first jog of the holiday using some new shoes, and found out that it rains a bit here, I hid under a tree for a few minutes.Read more

  • Day13

    Hilo, Hawaii, Hawaii - Part 2

    October 11 in the United States

    Our captain just announced that all passengers and crew were back on-board early so we are already heading out. I will try to make this quick. We actually saw a good bit of wildlife today. Since I can only post six photos in a post, I wanted to include this separately.

    While walking, we though we saw a "different" looking squirrel. Upon closer examination, we realized it was a ferret! We never saw a squirrel but we saw quite a few ferrets!!

    Also while walking, we saw a turkey wandering along the road eating grass. Who knows!?

    At Carlsmith Beach Park, I crouched down to get closer to a turtle. I almost freaked when I saw something like a snake slithering through the water!! No worries, though! We were able to spot it again: most likely a snowflake eel! Very neat!
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  • Day13

    Hilo, Hawaii, Hawaii

    October 11 in the United States

    Today we had every intention of using the local bus system...but that never happened. Hilo had a shuttle service that would run to the Farmer's Market, but it was no longer in service. The nice lady at the information booth gave us all the information we needed to catch the bus. And we had every intention: waiting at the bus stop with our exact change (something that seems to be standard across Hawaii). But a young couple walked by and inspired us. We figured it was our last port day before five days at sea; we could use some walking. So we walked the two miles to town. The first part wasn't pleasant, being through a very industrial area. The second part, however, was through a nice park set away from the main road.

    Once to Hilo, we first visited the Mokupapapa Discovery Center, which was the one main thing on our list of things to see in town. It did not disappoint. It was free admission, but I enjoyed it so much that almost wished they asked for donations. Many people probably don't spend much time there, but we just enjoyed several of the videos and their 3,500 gallon salt water tank of fish local to Hawaii. I will have to note that in the tank they had one fish that they had just recently discovered/identified, a type of butterfly fish. We also watched some great video on the recent volcanic eruptions. I had not been keeping up with the volcanic activity, but, while still active, no lava has been reaching the surface for some time now.

    After the Discovery Center, we walked around town for a while. We had a Walking Tour brochure, but except for a park (that had a sundial that was correct!), we weren't interested in most of the stops. We were going to catch the bus to return to the ship for lunch, but upon checking the schedule, we realized that if we walked the route back to the ship, we would arrive before the bus. So, off we went walking.

    After lunch we headed the other direction from the ship towards Carlsmith Beach Park, a popular spot with the locals (have I mentioned that this whole week is a holiday in Hawaii?). Again, we thought about catching the bus, but decided to make it a walking day (with the option to take the bus to return to the ship if we needed it). The park was another 2 miles away. Carlsmith park is known for its green sea turtles. It is a popular snorkel and swimming spot, where locals respect the turtles and the turtles don't seem to mind the people! It is illegal to touch a sea turtle; they are protected by law. Once again we were not disappointed. We saw six different turtles. They really didn't seem to mind the people AT ALL. In fact, one was swimming right toward two girls (one on a float). I tried to catch their attention because we foresaw how it would play out. Sure enough I caught the girl's eye just in time to point out the turtle at her feet. She didn't seem to mind it, but the girl on the float freaked out, flipping the float, screaming in fright, and chaotically trying to swim away. The poor turtle didn't mind a bit, just continuing on his way. The other, non-startled girl even followed him along for a while.

    We have seen quite a lot of wildlife, but for pictures, I will include that in a separate post. I will include mostly pictures of the turtles in this post. In total, before dinner, we have walked just short of 29,000 steps and 13.5 miles. I will consider this another Camino training day!
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