Airborn nap plan

Turns out our entire exit row is going to Portland, and is other families that have been split up due to the tender ministrations of Alaska. So we’ve formed a passengers collective and reorganized ourselves appropriately. Victory!

A series of huts

It really is…

It’s huts all the way down.
TSA hut.

We’re waiting for about 40 minutes because the Alaska desk isn’t open until 7ish. “closer to when the plane arrives”. That’s new.

At least it’s not raining.
The agricultural inspection station may have some questions…
Terminal has excellent gardening through…
We have arrived at our gate, such as it is. A tad warm, but there’s a breeze.
At least a portion of the breeze is on account of the jet engines idling just over there.
We wait. Only a few more hours. Notably, there are no power outlets anywhere around here… This could be troublesome.
This is the gate.

Baggage has to go through FDA screening before boarding, and apparently our carryons will have to as well.

This is done to ensure nobody is smuggling fruit. They want to keep the bent fruits for themselves.

The King’s Road

We packed up our stuff this morning, and are killing time wandering Kona and surrounding area.

Bevin considers the sea…
Hei Hei is ready to go, he’s been far too close to the sea.
Still ❤️ Banyan
Just can’t get enough.

We went on a tour of the summer house of the Hawaiian royalty that was built when they started trying to emulate the outside world…

The summer palace. Credit: Emily
The king was said to be over 7 feet tall, and spears were 3 times the height of the user. The long one is his spear.
His exercise ball. 180 lbs.

Stopped at a small national park that has a short trail out to “the King’s road”, a straight road the first king built across the island. In case you can’t tell, that road goes straight through this lava field, all the way to the horizon. It’s really quite a thing to see, it’s amazing to imagine how much work it must’ve been to construct. Something I’d like to read more about.

I certainly wouldn’t build a road across it…
The Road
Up close and personal with the lava rock field
Cool lava rock

Gonna get some dinner, head to the airport, and engage in single combat with Alaska airlines. Should be fun.

Jurassic Hike

Yesterday, our last full day on the island, we drove around the north side to see the sights, go to a waterfall hike, and visit the other big town of Hilo.t

The hike was fantastic. Very jungly. I’m not going to post the full set of pictures because there are just too many, I’ll upload them later in a better way.

Josh ❤️ Banyan
Unknown plant. Maybe Ginger?
Some of the plants are just HUGE
Akaka Falls. Not quite all 442 feet of it is visible. There’s a fish that goes up it. (suction cups are used)
Very tenacious mosses around here.
Some truly impressive ferns, and Pothos that make my inner houseplant gardner cry.
The only sound better than crashing waves on rock is jungle waterfall. As long as it includes the smell.
This is the place Disney Imagineers go to say “holy shit, if only we could do that”

After the hike we went into Hilo, walked around, checked out the farmer’s market, and completely undid Matt with lunch.

The drive down the mountain takes you across some beautiful valleys where the road is right up in the canopy.
Really interesting biome on the way back up the volcano. Sort of a scrub-brush rainforest?
More blasted lava wasteland in the saddle between the mountains. About 7000 feet up.
A sign I saw in Hilo that I really liked.

Got home and scrounge up some food and watched the sunset. We went down into the queen’s bath, I’ll have pictures of that later when I get them from Matt, I didn’t dare take my phone near water in case I had to dive in to save Bevin.

NightSight, palm edition…

Cameras these days man…

Hand-held at the luau.
Phone pointed straight up on the table at the luau
Nighttime waves, and a passing boat, from our porch
Clouds and stars over our porch
Mostly void, partially stars.

Big dipper and palm.

The same view, now that the sun is up:

What shall we do today… Hmmm…

The Porkening

Yesterday we wandered around Kona, and then went to a Luau! So much delicious pork.

Kona is nice. It’s a fairly small place, but lots of fun little shops, and some great views. There was a high surf advisory, so it was really fun to watch some actual big waves come crashing in.

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Continuing on pastmthe Desolation Trail and the older Caldera, we hike on another mile to the current eruption viewing zone. Fortunately the “eruption viewing” wasn’t actually the outhouses, but lay beyond.

Unfortunately it’s cloudy. Also the volcano is fairly quite currently, which may or may not be fortunate, depending on how you feel.

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Into the blasted wasteland

Yesterday was volcano day!

We’ve pack the necessary items…

The volcano is about 2 hours away. The trip takes you through a number of different biomes. It’s really interesting to see how different the various parts of the island are.

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