It felt like an awefully late start this morning but in truth we just got up way too early! After, laundry, breakfast, dishes, coffee, reading, and waiting for Caleb to get his school work done it was still only 9:30 AM when we left the house this morning. We threw in the towels and boogie boards because we just never know what the day will entail and we have to leave room for some spontaneity (the suits and snorkles are always kept in the car besides for washing). There was a few things on the to do list so really we just went eeny meeny (is that even how you spell that). It was raining pretty good in Hilo so we opted out of the activities in Hilo and headed for the mountains. We had been asked if we had seen the Mauna Kea observatory yet and we hadn’t so we decided to do that. One wrong turn and a 13 mile long one lane road took is to the Mauna Loa Observatory very cool. I was so green at the gills as it was an amazing road with twists and turns, texture and no shoulders good thing on the way up at least we met no cars. The altitude at the top was over 11,000 feet which was a huge change from sea level an hour before. I don’t know what I have ever experienced altitude sickness, but I was a bit off balance and shakey and wasn’t sure if it was car sickness or altitude sickness. In pulling Eve out of the car (because she has a gift for being the slowest being on the planet sometimes) I stepped off the ledge, a little one but still, and we both tumbled to the ground with only minor injuries.
We hadn’t taken a family picture on an outing in a while so we took an oportunity to take on on top of Mauna Loa.
The summit at 13,976 feet is only the measurement of what is above sea level, it continues below the sea quite a ways making its hight in its entirety the largest mountain in the world. They do have summit tours on Saturdays and we want to go back sometime and do it. With it being lunch time we had a long time to wait until the 6:00pm astronomy presentation. We opted to drive down to Kona and check out the downtown and have dinner then come back. We got some astronaut ice cream to try on the way.
Kona was sunny and hot, there was a cruise ship in so there was plenty of oportunities for people watching.
We got back to Mauna Kea observatory just in time.