Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon in Kauai is known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." I can see where that comes from, but it's quite different. Waimea is greener, lusher, with softer edges.

These are photos from last October. We started driving to the lookout at 3pm, which meant that the fog had already started rolling in. I kept praying that the skies would clear up for views of the canyon, but the higher we were, the more it drizzled.

Some photos from on the way up – you can see the soil was a lovely deep red color.






When we first got to the lookout, the fog was completely opaque. R, who's a lot more patient than I am, told me we should wait it out. For forty minutes we hovered around the lookout (at least ten people came, took an obligatory photo, and quickly left) and we were rewarded with some peek-through views of the canyon.  I think it was even more beautiful this way.



 

On the way down, the sun was setting over Nihau (small Hawaiian to the west of Kauai). There were some pretty epic crepuscular rays. But you can see how thick the cloud layer was – there was no way we could've gotten a clear view up at top.



Monday, January 21, 2013

I'm alive

I swear I am. It's been a little crazy over here. Within the span of two months I left a job, found a new one, and packed up and left for the Big Island of Hawaii, where I worked on a farm on the Hilo side of the island–the rainforest side. This was November and December.

I lived in a treehouse, tasted every new tropical fruit I came across, hiked across a dead volcanic lake, and scooped up a lot of donkey poop. I went by myself and it was amazing. Hawaii is so beautiful. I'd pack up and go back in a heartbeat.

I have so many photos to share...and given that I had gone to Kauai in October (and wrote only post about it so far...), my blog is going to be very tropical in the foreseeable future. Or next couple years, considering my writing speed.

In the meantime, enjoy some of the pics I took on my iPhone:

Airplane descending


 
Papaya tree with unripe fruit



 
Donkey, chicken, goat.



Volcanic steam vents



 
Turtle sunbathing on a Punalu'u black sand beach.



 
Banyan tree planted by Franklin Roosevelt.



 
Sunrise on my last day.



 
Hike down Pololu Valley.



 
Rain and fog in Keaau.



 
Above altostratus clouds on Mauna Kea.



 
City of Refuge



 
Rainbow at Volcano National Park.



 
Kileau Caldera



 
Leaf skeletons in rainforest mulch



 
Waipio Lookout



 
Hiking on the Kilauea Iki Trail



 
Crepescular rays at sunset



 
Cross-section of a cacao fruit (where chocolate comes from!)



 
Rainbow eucalyptus bark



 
Turkey Tail



 
Ube tapioca and coconut milk...aamazing