Sunday, August 23, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
A view of Ka'u looking toward the coast. You can see that there is quite a ways to go vertically to get to the water. Those boat lifts don't look like they could lift much of a boat. Especially since you have to walk the boat to the edge of the cliff.
An interesting note, if you look closely, behind the lifts is a wind farm. These are old turbines made by Mitsubishi that are in bad shape. This spot in Hawaii has hte most constant wind in the whole country.
One would think that more wind farms like this would show up. After all most of the land around here is ranches. However, Hawaii prefers to get its power from old diesel generators.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
This is the magnificent view from Ka'u Hawaii, the southernmost place in the United States. The Pacific ocean stretches on forever.
The wooden frame is a lift used to lower fishing boats to the water fifty feet below us. On the right of that is the ladder to get down to your boat. The water is so deep off of this side of the island that the boats have to be tied to the cliff instead of anchored to the bottom.
While Jenny and I were there some of the locals were finding their adrenaline rushes by jumping off of the cliffs.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
From the top of Mauna Kea Hawaii (13,800ft) looking out toward the sunset Maui peeks through the sea of clouds below us. One of the many space observatories shines in the sun, getting ready to open up as the horizon goes dark.
When the sun sets up here you can literally feel the temperature drop upwards of ten degrees (F) instantly. The view is worth it though.
Japan has an observatory up here that contains what is believed to be the most perfect piece of glass in the world. It is a concave mirror eight inches thick. They say that if you were to enlarge the mirror to the same size as the Pacific ocean, the largest imperfection would only be three feet high!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Another picture of Bear Lake of Rocky Mountain National Park. Quite the enjoyable place. We stuck our feet in the water and it really feels as good as it looks. Cool but refreshing. Unfortunately, swimming is prohibited.