Thursday, November 29, 2012
After the second crossing of the Scenic Loop, we hiked up the dirt road and continued up the Keystone Thrust Trail.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Recently, Chris and Diane Dempsey went to Hawaii for a much deserved vacation. Guy and Rosie Galante joined them for the first week on the Big Island portion of the trip. During this wonderful excursion, the four of them visited several sites and went on a few hikes. The photos and blurbs below tell a small part of their wonderful time. Thanks, Chris, for sharing your stories.
Saturday (10/27/12) - The Big Island
The photo above was taken right after Chris and Guy were dubbed official Junior Rangers. They both had chosen a junior ranger hat because of their small size heads. The man at the counter made them take the junior ranger oath and off they went with their official junior ranger cards. The Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site is where the Temple on the Hill of the Whale is located. It is the stone structure seen in the background and is "one of the last major sacred structures built in Hawaii before outside influences altered traditional life permanently."
The trail ended down on a black sand beach. Over 100 beaches (with black, white and green sand) line the Big Island's 266 mile long coastline.
Sunday (10/28/12) - The Big Island
Hmmm. He looks happy to me.
Below, the tourists stopped in for the southernmost American bakery delights.
Monday (10/29/12) - The Big Island
This crater had been "asleep for almost a century when it became active in 1959. Then it erupted into gargantuan fountains of lava, some reaching a staggering 1900 feet. The lava mostly receded back into the vents and after 36 days it stopped. The lava lake cooled and cracked as sheets of lava buckled and warped."
"Today, steam usually issues from cracks in the crater floor, and the rock is still molten a couple of hundred feet down." (Excerpts taken from Chris' travel book Hawaii The Big Island Revealed by Andrew Doughty and Harriett Friedman)
Nevertheless, Guy and Rosie walked around in the crater taking photos of the carnage. This hike is billed as one of the most impressive hikes on the island.
So, in Hawaii, a cairn is called an ahu. Got it!
Tuesday (10/30/12) - The Big Island
Forgive me, Chris! The writer isn't sure where yesterday ended and today started because the four tourists were in the same area both days. To the right, is a photo of a Captain Cook Monument. The great story here is that Captain Cook (yes, THE Captain Cook) arrived in Hawaii on one of his explorations and due to a prediction made by the natives, they thought he was a god. He was treated very well and eventually, he left. BUT, his ship ran into trouble soon after and he had to return. At this point, the Hawaiians knew he wasn't the god they thought he was because he wasn't supposed to come back. ... So they killed him. This is his monument.
This is the Holei Sea Arch where the ocean has undercut the rock. It is found near the 19 mile marker on the Chain of Craters Road.
They stopped in for a look at the flowers in the Akatsuka Orchid Gardens.
Saturday (11/3/12) - Maui
The scene to the left is found on that rugged road that travels around Maui.
Sunday (11/4/12) - Maui
Friday (11/9/12) - Kauai
Later, the highway took them through the beautiful countryside where many crops are grown and the scenery never stops. To the left is a photo from the Hanalei Lookout.
The photo below was taken on their return to their accommodations, The Point Po'ipu Resort. The pools had goldfish in them and the nearby beach had sea lions.
At one time, three rivers ran down the side of a volcano. A fault collapsed one side of the mountain and the three rivers ran into one.
Melaleuca tree, Cajeput tree, Weeping tea tree, White wood tree, Punk tree, Tea tree
Melaleuca oil (Cajuput oil) is distilled from the fresh leaves and twigs. The oil is obtained from several species besides Melaleuca leucadendron. Similar oil, Tea tree oil, is usually extracted from a family member, Melaleuca alternifolia. Melaleuca oil is used in medicine and for a variety of other purposes. The principal constituent of the oil is cineol. Solid terpineol is also present, and several aldehydes such as valeric, butyric and benzoic.
Black-tailed deer were introduced to Kauai in 1961 from Oregon. Now, the deer have multiplied and are spreading invasive species of plants on the island. The one in the photo to the right was scared away by a car coming from the other direction.
Sunday (11/11/12) - Kauai
This Hawaiian vacation came to a close, however, Chris and Diane vow to return. Hawaii may be a state that can please just about anyone for vacation fun!