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  • Day215

    Mauna Kea

    May 15, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Heute war mal wieder ein richtig anstrengender Tag gewesen. Früh bei Zeiten ging es im Regen los zum höchsten Berg von Hawaii dem Mauna Kea mit 4205m. Angekommen an der Touristen Information auf 2800m haben wir wieder Steven getroffen und haben zu viert den Berg erklommen. Die 1400m haben ganzschön geschlaucht, zumal kaum Zeit war um sich an die Höhe zu gewöhnen. Aber am Ende hatten wir es trotzdem geschafft und wurden mit einer atemberaubenden Aussicht belohnt. Dann ging es den Berg wieder runter und nochmal mit dem Auto hoch um den Sonnenuntergang und die Strrne zu bestaunen. Hier sind übrigens extrem viele Telescope von den verschiedensten Nationen, da hier der Nachthimmel am besten zu beobachten ist, da ringsherum keine störenden Lichter von Städten sind.Read more

  • Day19

    Mauna Kea

    January 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    After a perfect day we needed a perfect ending.. And yes.. we definitely destroyed (positive) our expectations about perfect👍🏻

    From under sealevel up to 4207 meters.
    With our Jeep we drove up and on the half way up the summit you need to stop and wait for about 20 minutes so you can acclimatize yourself for the height and the lack of oxygen on top😂

    Soo after the stop we finally reached the summit and it was just stunning!
    We were over the clouds and the sun made a indescribable atmosphere!
    Slowly the sun sunk and it was just perfect!
    All the colors, the clouds, the icy air and the stars which took over the nightsky.

    We just laied on top of the mountain and enjoyed all the billions of stars and i catched 5 shooting stars✨⭐️

    it was magic.

    If you ever want to experience this perfect moment let me tell you a few points which are important!
    1. you need a good car.. a SUV/ 4x4
    2. gas, refuel your tank!!!!!!!!!
    3. pack warm clothes..
    4. enjoy 💫
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  • Day7

    From Sea to Summit

    June 22, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    The bay, and spot of shoreline on which Captain Cook was killed, is marked by a white spire of a monument. This sits in Kealakekua Bay just down the hill from the town of; you guessed it, Captain Cook. We Kayaked and snorkeled here today. But, prior to this we started our day with a great breakfast and “Kona” coffee at the Coffee Shack overlooking the bay. As we ate Portuguese sausage, eggs and French toast, and I drank 2 cups of coffee with cream and sugar, we were being observed – geckos crawled on the railing of the porch, the floor and the chairs. Kim couldn’t handle the handsome little creatures crawling so close to her, so we switched seats.

    In a cove at the bay, we paid our $60 for the kayak, a double, and set out paddling. The water was choppy and the current strong. Kim really stretched her boundaries on this one. She was scared to be out on the ocean like that with nothing but a life vest and a plastic boat between here and drowning. She so fears the water. Won’t even get her face wet in the shower. However, when we spotted the first dolphin her whole mood changed. Maneuvering close to them, there must have been 20 or 30 total, they performed jumping acrobatics and swam right under our kayak. Well worth overcoming her fear for this. I spent a little time in the water near the monument snorkeling. Yellow fish, black fish, stripped fish, huge blue fish and sea urchins. Quite a show of color and marine life. Getting out and back into the kayak was tricky and this made Kim very nervous as she felt like she would capsize. But again, she came through with minimal panic. 3 hours later we were back at the cove turning in our kayak. There would be no drownings today.

    This afternoon also was our planned summit of Mauna Kea, the highest point in Hawaii at 13,796 feet above sea level. Though, from the ocean floor Mauna Kea is 33,000 ft. high. That’s taller than Mt. Everest and is therefore the tallest mountain on earth! We drove all the way to the top, with 10 minutes to spare, to witness a one-of-a-kind sunset in this place of telescopes. Here the sun sets above the clouds, not below them. This was a spectacular sight. Getting to the top was also an adventure of sorts. The guy at the visitor center, at 9,000 ft., told us we should acclimate for 30 minutes before driving to the top. Wait, I’m from Colorado! I don’t need to acclimate. The rough volcanic cinder road bed again pushed Kim to her limits and I drove too close to the edge and too fast. Hey, I had to get to the top before my ten minute window closed.  Following the orange and red view from above we drove back to the visitor’s center and looked through telescopes at the night sky. A guy there used laser light to point our worthy objects and corners in the sky. For the first time, at least that I can remember. I saw the Southern Cross in the south sky, 85% of the southern hemisphere’s sky is visible here. So many stars, a milky galaxy of them, a universe packed full. Kim said she had never seen so many stars before. This is why they put those big observatories on the summit here. It’s the darkest sky on earth.
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  • Day152

    mauna kea

    September 8, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Sunset und Sterne beobachten auf dem Mauna Kea, dem höchsten Berg auf Hawaii - ein unvergessliches Erlebnis. Der Berg, der den Einheimischen heilig ist, beherbergt auf Grund seiner optimalen Bedingungen das weltweit grösste Arsenal an Weltall Teleskopen (selbst die NASA richtet von hier aus seine Augen und Ohren ins Weltall auf der Suche nach Ausserirdischen ;-)). Als Privatperson kommt man zwar nicht in den Genuss diese Teleskope zu benutzen, aber mit blossem Auge sieht man auf über 4.000 Metern und mit klarstem Nachthimmel soviele Sterne, die Milchstrasse, etc. - WAHNSINN.
    Fun Fact am Rande für alle Wissensdurstigen unter euch: Der Mauna Kea ist vom Meeresboden gerechnet mit um die 10.000 Metern der höchste Berg auf unserem Planeten....nicht der Mount Everest. Und von seinem Fuss (der auf Grund des enormen Eigengewichts in den Meeresboden abgesackt ist) weg sogar noch weit höher >> nämlich 17.000 Meter :-) :-)
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  • Day25


    July 10, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    昨日、ビーチ に 行きました。スノーケル も しました。。その後、海ガメ が いる 海 へ 行きました。また スノーケル を しました。ランチ は ハンピー の レストラン に 行きました。私 は チキン フィンガー を 食べました。味 が なかったです。夜は マウナケア おブザーばとり に 行きました。星 が キレイ でした。 アイルランド より 寒かったです。4ー5 ど でした。寒かったから、ホッと チョコレート を 飲みました、あと、アストロノット の 食べ物m(アイス) を
    食べました。 良い経験でした。ボルケーノチューブ見ました。エア イン チョコ みたい でした。
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  • Day1

    Mauna Kea summit

    January 19, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    These are more pics at the summit...incredible sunset view above the clouds...we could also see the mountain on Maui in the distance. The coats we're wearing were provided by the tour company and we definitely needed them. As the sun disappeared we headed back down to the Visitors Center where our tour guide took us to a dark spot and pointed out about a dozen different constellations, planets, stars, etc. Way too many to count.Read more

  • Day1

    Mauna Kea summit

    January 19, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    We drove up the winding road to the summit and waited for the sun to set at the top of Mauna Kea. About a dozen massive telescopes line the summit as the location, atmosphere and elevation make it a perfect spot for seeing most of the visible stars from our planet. It was more than a little bit chilly up there.Read more

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Pu‘uwēkiu, Pu'uwekiu

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