Sunday, January 27, 2013

vacation pt 2

Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world. Fuck Everest. But for real, if measured from the bottom of the mountain, which starts at the ocean floor, Mauna Kea is twice the size of Mount Everest, which starts on a plateau.  The elevation is almost 14,000 feet above sea level, nowhere close to Everest.  We took a trip to the top of the mountain and it was almost as cold as Rhode Island in January.  From the top we could see a mountain on Maui peeking out of the clouds.  Some people had trouble adjusting to the pressure from the high altitude but I didn't really feel anything.  Mauna Kea is where different countries have their telescopes set up to study astrology.  This is because the sky is apparently the clearest in the world on the big island.  The air is unpolluted and all the street lights are yellow so they only emit one spectrum of light, so there is no light pollution.

There is the sickest cement park I've ever seen in Pahoa.  It was only built around 5 years ago but looks like it could be one of the first of it's kind.  There's a kidney shaped pool with a light in the deep end.  And there was only one scooter kid but he was 8 years old and on vacation from the U.K., and his dad picked me up while I was hitch hiking in the rain so he's ok.

Wales were migrating around the island.  Some people think there's an alien mothership off the coast of Kona and they communicate through the dolphins, who are also believed to be ancient aliens.

There was this old hippie that stayed at the retreat center for two weeks.  He was a vietnam vet and had a prosthetic leg.   He had to leave to go back to Arizona where he's a truck driver.  Before he left he made this out of lava rocks on the cliffs.  He left his John Lennon glasses.

I cooked 100 pounds of slaughtered cow.

And Tofu for the vegans...

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