In hindsight it might have been better to start our hike earlier. We got to the trailhead just after 09:00. Many were already there and more than a few passed us on their way back down. Aside from Diamond Head Crater and maybe Makapuu Lighthouse, this was the busiest hike i have been on so far. We had to wait in line at the technical parts of the hike. “Feels like we’re at Disneyland or something…”, was the common sentiment.
Patience and courtesy are just as valuable as water and good shoes.
We took our time and got to the summit of the first peak at 11:30 (2.5H). We stopped there for a bit and enjoyed a snack before heading back down. But there are three peaks in all. From what i could see: second peak is relatively easy to get to and is at a lower elevation than first and third. Its actually lower elevation than first peak but third peak looks nuts! (And it is!!) Its a very steep rock climb all the way to it’s summit. Getting up there is one thing; getting back down is another… Continue reading
Happy 2012! Good grief: its been over a year since i last wrote in my blog! (Lots to catch up on and improve.) During the holiday we took a short hike to Kaena Point. We started from the West side this time. Very different scenery compared to the Mokuleia route but no less beautiful. The shoreline is much more rocky and dramatic (if that is the right word). I wanted to travel light so i left the photo gear at home and only carried my Galaxy Note. It is simply amazing to see what this thing can do in the field! I whole heartedly believe that the “death of the P&S camera” is well under way. The following panorama photos were also captured using the Galaxy Note. Its definitely not the best panorama capture tool i have used but i am impressed, considering its my “phone”!
I had no idea that we had these natural arches on Oahu. We used to fish on the West side a lot but i never took the time to survey the shoreline. Shame on me.
There were a lot of people out there. There were two Hawaiian Monk Seals in the middle of the tide pools as well. Thankfully everyone paid their respect and kept their distance. I’m sorry you can’t see them in my photos here: no telephoto lens on me. ;-)
Such an awesome place: I can’t wait to go back again!
Hehe, that title sounds a lot cooler than it really is. ;) CAoS stands for: “California Academy of Sciences”. The place itself is super cool! They underwent major renovation recently and are now a model of efficient use of space, intelligent design, and down right awesomeness! If you click on the image above, it will take you to a 360 spherical panorama. It was captured at the front entrance just after closing time. A more detailed view/photo gallery of the CAoS will follow shortly. Please stay tuned. (^^)V
The above 360 was captured on the side of CA Hwy 120, outside of Yosemite, on the way to Lee Vining, and not too far from the gate. (Sorry for the wordy location remarks. All of my images are geotagged with GPS coord’s but I have not found an efficient nor practical way to share that with you within WordPress.) There are at least two waterfalls, that i could see, in the ravine. There was access into the valley at the bottom of the hill. Again, we needed more time to explore!
Above is my favorite view of the South Tufa at Lake Mono. It is highly accessible and anyone can get to this particular spot. I just liked it because of the way the tufa close in around you. Unfortunately, you can see a lot of erosion caused by selfish and irresponsible people — it is a shame. The park service charges $3 per adult to enter but that’s not going to help repair broken tufa. :cry:
This last one is something of a joke: “Beware the sleeping bears!” ;) But I really wanted to capture the feel of our Camp Curry tent cabin. In hindsight, I should have done another 360 to show the outside and the rest of Camp Curry… next time. It was very comfortable. Bedding and extra blankets are provided. Each tent cabin has its own bear safe food locker. There is electricity wired up: you can plug-in to recharge or run your geek gear. Toilets and showers are separated and communal (just like kid time summer camp). :) It is not the cheapest way to camp in Yosemite Valley but it was convenient and a nice compromise.