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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 12, 2014: Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

MsK ·
Wow, that would be something to see. Thank for sharing.
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Re: Gallery: The Roof of Hawaii. An amazing sunset on Mauna Kea!

DrFumblefinger ·
Folks should not underestimate how very cold and windy it gets up there, especially when its dark. You'll want your full winter clothes here -- gloves, parka, hat. Beautiful photos, Dr.Y. Brings back many special memories!
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Re: Gallery: The Roof of Hawaii. An amazing sunset on Mauna Kea!

Travel Rob ·
What an amazing place! Your photos look like they were taken from a plane!
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Re: Gallery: The Roof of Hawaii. An amazing sunset on Mauna Kea!

PHeymont ·
Now I wish we'd taken time away from the volcanoes to go up there!
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Re: Gallery: The Roof of Hawaii. An amazing sunset on Mauna Kea!

Dr.Y ·
Originally Posted by Travel Rob: What an amazing place! Your photos look like they were taken from a plane! Yes, the summit is actually 40 percent above the Earth's atmosphere!
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Re: The Big Island of Hawaii (Part 1). Volcanoes Park

PHeymont ·
Great pictures, and great memories. This was our favorite part of Hawaii...especially the "end of the road" where the park highway suddenly comes to an end against a pile of lava from a few years ago. It's a big tourist attraction, yes, but it seemed much less so than many other places on the islands.
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Re: The Big Island of Hawaii (Part 1). Volcanoes Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comment, PHeymont. It's a great destination partially because the tourist industry can't control it. The volcano will do what it wants and as the flow of lava over the road reminds us, we have little power to stop it.
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Re: Crater Lake — The Most Beautiful Lake In The World(!?)

GarryRF ·
Certainly is beautiful DrF !! Those snow capped mountains scare me off from wanting to dive into the lake. People do apply odd descriptions to wonderful things. My favourite is "It was breath-taking" The number of times I've applied the Heimlich manoeuvre to someone who's been choking on a magnificent vista. Please tell me - are the Canadians addicted to calling everything "Awesome" too ?
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Re: Crater Lake — The Most Beautiful Lake In The World(!?)

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your comments, Garry. The lake, as you would expect for one so high up, is too cold for most people to want to swim in it. But it's pretty awesome, eh? I'd say the "eh?" is perhaps the best way to identify a Canadian. Awesome I've heard used most everywhere I go, and Awesome certainly can be applied to this lake. Hope you have a very pleasant New Year, GarryRF!
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Re: Crater Lake — The Most Beautiful Lake In The World(!?)

GarryRF ·
I would describe both Crater Lake and the Grand Canyon as Awe inspiring.. A fitting use of the word. You all have yourself an Awesome year too - eh ?
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Re: Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, Redux

GarryRF ·
A reminder of the destructive power of nature. I'd be worried about the soles of my shoes melting and welding themselves to rock ! Is the access a tourist has only to dormant areas ? Fascinating blog from what must be the most "lively" location on Earth. Once again DrF , educational and interesting !
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Re: Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, Redux

DrFumblefinger ·
Hi Garry, and thanks for your comment. The active areas within the National Park are off limits because of toxic fume levels, not so much because of lava. The roads to the Pahoe area (outside the park) of actively flowing lava are closed and access is theoretically restricted. For a fee, one of the locals will guide you to the flowing lava. Remember this is thick fairly slowly flowing lava, not unlike moving pancake batter. But it is hot and you have to be careful. Shoes can melt and worse...
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Re: Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, Redux

GarryRF ·
Hmm.... maybe I was right ! I have no wish to terminate my "footloose" attitude. Sounds like a lake with thin ice. Diamond Head on Hawaii was my limit !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 29, 2015: The art of lava

IslandMan ·
amazing pictures, Dr F...yes, the small things can be interesting too...these are works of art by mother nature and you've captured them well
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 29, 2015: The art of lava

GarryRF ·
Between the lava flow and live foliage returning - how long will have passed ?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 29, 2015: The art of lava

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by GarryRF: Between the lava flow and live foliage returning - how long will have passed ? Hard to be sure as there are repeated flows of lava over the area I took pictures in, but at least 25 years and probably more like 50-75 years for those with better developed grasses and ferns. Lava flows are often quite narrow, maybe only a few hundred meters wide, and overlap often.
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Re: Antigua, Guatemala: Walking Tour, Part 2

DrFumblefinger ·
Great finale to your visit to Guatemala, and very glad that you got to see the volcano erupt. It certainly is a memorable experience. I've only ever seen Kilauea on the Big Island erupt, but those images are forever seared into the brain.
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A journey around Iceland: 3) South Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
 (Black sand beach in Vik, Iceland) Many think South Iceland offers the island’s most spectacular scenery.  It’s hard to argue with this except to say that we found all of Iceland to be filled with...
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A journey around Iceland: 4) North Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
(Godafoss waterfall, northern Iceland) Our journey around the Ring Road continued as we headed north on the eastern shore of the island towards northern Iceland.  (I've again chosen to describe our experiences here in sequential...
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A journey around Iceland: 5) Snaefellsnes Peninsula

DrFumblefinger ·
 (Ingjaldscholl church and Snaefellsjokull glacier, Iceland)  The last full day of our Icelandic trip was spent off the Ring Road in West Iceland on the charming Snaefellsnes Peninsula.  Anyone who is a fan of Sci-Fi will...
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The Big Island of Hawaii (Part 4). Kohala & Saddle Road

DrFumblefinger ·
My final blog post on the Big Island covers the driest (less than 25 cm of rain a year) and oldest parts of the island — the northwest and central regions.  (Petroglyphs, King's Trail, Waikoloa village) The Kohala...
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The Valley Island of Maui: 1) Introduction and West Maui

DrFumblefinger ·
There are few destinations that evoke more traveler’s fantasies than the Hawaiian islands; of these, Maui is thought by many as THE island to visit.  I have a genuine fondness for the Big Island, one of my favorite travel...
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The Big Island of Hawaii (Part 1). Volcanoes Park

DrFumblefinger ·
(Volcanoes National Park -- plume of volcanic smoke from Halema'uma Crater) There are many places in the world I wish everyone could visit.  At the top of this list is Hawaii.  It’s a great travel destination and for me retains...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 16: Hawaiian History

PHeymont ·
Ancient bathers share the beach with modern visitors at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. The park is a bit south of Kona, on the west side of the island, and on the way to Volcano National Park....
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The Valley Island of Maui: 2) Haleakala National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Volcanoes never cease to fascinate me!  Something about their massive size and primal earth shaping power appeals to my sense of curiosity and awe.  So it’s not surprising that I find Haleakala to be Maui’s most interesting place...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan 3, 2014: Santorini, the site of lost Atlantis?

Mac ·
Located in the southern Aegean Sea, 120 kms north of Crete, the beautiful island of Santorini lies in the island group known a the Cyclades, often referred to as the Windy Islands due to it's total exposure to all winds in the Aegean Sea. Thera,...
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Crater Lake — The Most Beautiful Lake In The World(!?)

DrFumblefinger ·
 The phrase “most beautiful in the world” is batted about with relative ease.  I've heard it used to describe dogs, cats, flowers, homely children and assorted celebrities.  Always it denotes something special to...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day. March 17, 2014: Snaefellsjokull volcano, Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
    Anyone who is a fan of SciFi will remember this volcano as the place Jules Verne's Professor and his team began their  Journey to the Center of the Earth  (which was reached from the volcano via a series of lava tubes). ...
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Idaho's Craters of the Moon National Monument

DrFumblefinger ·
 Sometimes when I reflect on my travels, trends stand out that I might otherwise never have noticed.  For example, I’d not have thought myself unusually interested in volcanoes or lava, but in the past few years I’ve visited a...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 28, 2013: The Mirage, Las Vegas

Ottoman ·
    Over two decades ago my family and I visited Las Vegas, one of many vacations there.  Our trip happened to coincide with the opening of a brand new hotel on the Strip called the Mirage.  It was after dark when we drove...
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Gallery: The Roof of Hawaii. An amazing sunset on Mauna Kea!

Dr.Y ·
Standing at an altitude of 4,205 meters (13,796 ft) above sea level, Mauna Kea mountain on the Big Island of Hawaii is the highest point in the Pacific Basin and the highest island-mountain in the world!  According to the Hawaii tourism guild,...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 26, 2014: Dritvik - Djupalonssandur, Iceland

Ottoman ·
    Dritvik - Djupalonssandur is a beautiful and dramatic black sand and pebble beach with amazing volcanic rocks rising high above the ground.  Situated on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the southwest of Iceland, and having the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 12, 2014: Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Dr.Y ·
      The landscape on the Big Island of Hawaii is simply amazing!  You can watch it change before your very eyes at Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site .  The park is home of Kilauea volcano, one...
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Heads Up for Travelers: Iceland's Volcanoes May Disrupt Travel Again

PHeymont ·
Don't panic, but keep alert if you have trans-Atlantic travel plans in the next few weeks. The Icelandic Meteorological Office has reported a sudden flurry of small earthquakes that could be a prelude to an eruption of Bardarbunga, one of the...
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Watching Nature or Disaster? Flying over Volcano Eruption

PHeymont ·
Big Island Air is offering small-plane flights over two active volcanic eruptions on Hawaii's Big Island (one of the eruptions was featured in yesterday's  Gumbo Pic of the Day ). The other eruption is in an area closed off to visitors but which...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 29, 2015: The art of lava

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm often amazed at how beautiful the small things in nature can be.  Whether a bee pollinating a flower, a wild animal stopping to look at you, a blade of grass struggling to grow in a desert, or how sculpted lava can seem.   These photos...
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Antigua, Guatemala: Walking Tour, Part 2

Lestertheinvestor ·
Antigua (Guatemala) is about 45 minutes away from Guatemala city. Located on the central highlands it is surrounded by several volcanoes, the largest of which, Volcan de Agua, has erupted several times, triggering associated earthquakes that have...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 9, 2014: Halema'uma Crater, Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Dr.Y ·
One of the most exciting things about visiting Volcanoes National Park is an opportunity to see molten lava.  This is somewhat a matter of luck.  Sometimes when you visit, there'll be easily accessible lava flowing; at other times, nothing...
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Flight cancellations continue: Not just winter, now it's ash!

PHeymont ·
Alaska Airlines has been forced to cancel a number of flights within Alaska due to poor visibility caused by an ash cloud from Russian volcanoes erupting on the Kamchatka Peninsula. From USA Today,  MORE     That's added to the chaos...
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Tenerife - Your Exotic Relaxation Place

GokyB ·
The largest island of the  Canary archipelago , Tenerife is a unique sight to behold. This volcanic island attracts 10 million tourists every year with its stunning beaches, forests and breathtaking landscape. Sandy beach and amazing turquoise...
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Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, Redux

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm a huge fan of National Parks, and one of the most amazing parks anywhere is Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii's Big Island.  When you visit, you'll know why it's a UNESCO World Heritage site !   I've previously shared some of my...
 
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