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Re: The Big Island of Hawaii (Part 4). Kohala & Saddle Road

DrFumblefinger ·
We just found this site. Bookmarking this information for our next vacation. Can't wait !
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Re: A journey around Iceland: 3) South Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
Undeniably Iceland is the most stunning place on earth and you will truly be fascinated by the clear blue lakes, natural geysers, rolling meadows, volcanic craters and abundance of wildlife. I have been lucky to have vacation in this beautiful spot when we have visited this place by the help of KosherTravelers. This place is rich with culture and history, having lots of eye catching sightseeing to visit that has truly become the amazing trip of my lifetime.
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Re: The Valley Island of Maui: 2) Haleakala National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm leaving next week for San Diego and then a 17 day cruise to and around the Hawaiian Islands. I have never been all that interested in Hawaii (so why am I going you ask?) but your blog and photos have begun to pique my curiosity. Thank you. (I am not looking forward to going through U.S. Immigration, I can tell you that. It is quite unpleasant for non-Americans.)
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Re: The Valley Island of Maui: 2) Haleakala National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
US Immigration is a bit of a hassle, although most Canadians receive about a smooth a ride as possible. In most Canadian airports, you can actually clear immigration within Canada, rather than the USA (infinitely preferable because the lines are so much shorter). Not sure if that's true of Montreal, though. Thank you for your kind words about the Hawaii blogs. Hawaii is a special place. I've always gone and explored it by myself, so in this setting I tend to drift to isolated places that are...
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Re: The Valley Island of Maui: 2) Haleakala National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Yes, we will go through U.S.Immigration at Trudeau Airport in Montreal. At one time, the U.S. Immigration hall there had a huge banner across it emblazoned with the words "WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" It isn't there anymore. Someone must have figured out this was still, after all, Canada. Yes, 17 days is a long time on a ship. I am travelling with a friend who needs this type of getaway just now.
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Re: Idaho's Craters of the Moon National Monument

DrFumblefinger ·
Quite an extensive piece of work DrF. Very interesting. And a pleasure to read. Is the site still hot below ground ? I've visited a few volcanos and climbed the crater. But knowing its been dormant for so long doesn't inspire me to overstay my welcome !
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Re: Idaho's Craters of the Moon National Monument

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for reading the piece and for your comment, GarryRF! The "Yellowstone" hot spot has migrated over the past thousands of years from eastern Oregon, across southern Idaho and now sits right under Yellowstone National Park. Actually the hot spot hasn't move at all, the earth's places move away from the hot spot, but it's just another way of thinking about it. I'd be careful about being around an active volcano but don't mind hanging around places like this or much of the Hawaiian...
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Re: Idaho's Craters of the Moon National Monument

DrFumblefinger ·
Yellowstone National Park has over 500 Geyser's - so I guess that counts as a "Hot Spot" (I just Googled it) I remember the smell of sulphur being one of the giveaways to a live site so I'll sniff my way about! Thanks for the info DrF.
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Re: Heads Up for Travelers: Iceland's Volcanoes May Disrupt Travel Again

PHeymont ·
I happened to travel to Europe in 2010 fairly soon after air traffic was started back up and there were a lot of hotel bargains to be had whole summer as many people canceled in advance. Then I traveled again in May of 2011 and another volcano disrupted some traffic for a few days and similar bargains were out there.
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Re: Heads Up for Travelers: Iceland's Volcanoes May Disrupt Travel Again

PHeymont ·
There can be an up side to travel during an eruption. My plans proceeded during the 2010 eruption and the first result was a southern route to Rome and a spectacular view of the Pyrenees, flying parallel to them. I learned how big those mountains are, had had no idea. After arrival in Rome I immediately booked sleeper compartment tickets from Budapest to London (already had Rome-Budapest), to replace the flight I'd booked. As it transpired, the flight ban was over by the time I got on the...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 26, 2014: Dritvik - Djupalonssandur, Iceland

Ottoman ·
Hard to believe that those small pieces of rusty metal are all that remain of a ship! But it looks like a cool place to explore.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 26, 2014: Dritvik - Djupalonssandur, Iceland

Ottoman ·
great post, Ottoman...volcanoes are fascinating places to visit, especially when you understand the science and history behind them..
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Re: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

Ottoman ·
Some beautiful photos, Ottoman! I'm fond of black sand beaches because you only find them in places with active volcanoes, and I love volcanoes. White sand beaches are generally formed from the breakdown of coral (often by parrotfish, who eat it and clear the fine particles out the other end). This beach isn't that large, but the black sand is striking. And the turtles -- how lovely they are. They look soooo relaxed. Makes me want to take a nap in that warm sand, too!
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Re: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

Ottoman ·
You'd love the Canary Isles. Volcanic islands off the north west cost of Africa. Its a winter hotspot where the islands belong to Spain. Its party time all year and a favourite with the younger set. Its famous on Tenerife for young men to drive up Mount Teide in winter and collect snow from the peak in Cooler Boxes. Drive back down to the 77'f / 25'c beaches and throw snowballs at the topless sunbathers. Might be a bit too much for non-Europeans !!
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Re: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

Ottoman ·
GarryRF -- I think non-Europeans can also enjoy the sight of sunbathers being pegged by snowballs! The first hit, especially, must be quite enjoyable as the injured party wonders "where did that cold hard thing come from"?
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Re: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

Ottoman ·
Hi DrFumblefinger and Garry RF Thanks for the feedback. DrFumblefinger, you are so right about the relaxed turtles. If time would have permitted, I would've joined them for a nice nap. GarryRF, I have copied and pasted your comment into my "things to do" folder. I think I'll fit in quite nicely at Tenerife, for living in the Great White North (aka Canada) has given me a lot of practice at becoming a snowball sharpshooter.
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Re: Crater Lake — The Most Beautiful Lake In The World(!?)

DrFumblefinger ·
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(!?)

DrFumblefinger ·
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: The Big Island of Hawaii (Part 1). Volcanoes Park

DrFumblefinger ·
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: Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, Redux

DrFumblefinger ·
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

DrFumblefinger ·
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, August 12, 2014: Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Dr.Y ·
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!

Dr.Y ·
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!

Dr.Y ·
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!

Dr.Y ·
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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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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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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Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

Ottoman ·
  I love visiting the state of Hawaii.  Although I have enjoyed all the Hawaiian islands I have visited (Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii Island), my favorite island would be Hawaii Island (aka the Big Island).  The diversity of the Hawaii...
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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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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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Visiting the Poas Volcano, Costa Rica

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits one of the view active volcanoes in Costa Rica, and catches a glimpse of the crater and its lake through thick volcanic fog.
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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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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