Cold and calm before daybreak. The moon is an orange sliver visible just above the treeline. Four pairs of eyes shine back at us from the Mitchell's lower field, a small herd of deer that survived 2020.
Monday, January 11, 2021
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Saturday, January 2, 2021
Friday, January 1, 2021
First walk of the new year. Clear, calm, 24F. A bright waning gibbous moon hangs in the western sky. Venus shines in the southeast before dawn. The ground is bare of snow; frost crystals sparkle on the brown leaves.
Bluebirds are the first to visit the bird feeders before sunrise.
Monday, May 27, 2019
Here are a few final thoughts and tips...
- Join Costco -- the only one on the island is in Kona. If you plan to rent a house/condo and cook, this is by far the most cost-effective way to go. Buy your gas and food there.
- Buy and bring your own snorkeling equipment -- mask, snorkel, flippers -- or rent from Jack's Diving Locker in Kona (ask for multi-day rental price). Buy a rash guard shirt for snorkeling to protect against sunburn and abrasion on coral reefs.
- We rented an 8-passenger Suburban; if just 2-4 of us I would rent a 4-wheel drive jeep.
- I would re-visit all the places we visited and spend more time at Volcanoes National Park -- both units, more snorkeling, drive or hike to top of Mauna Kea, hike into rainforests at higher elevations. We missed North Kohala and the Puna District...I would spend time there.
- Practice a bit of the Hawaiian language, it is helpful and fun.
- If you stay in Kona, walk or drive to the Sheraton Hotel in the evening. You can sit on their outside deck and watch the sunset then look for manta rays as they are attracted to lights in the evening.