Thanks to Grandma & Grandpa H, the entire family was able to spend a wonderful week on the Big Island back in July. Tropical storms, persistent clouds and humidity altered some of our plans (like going to Mauna Kea and South Point) but those changes allowed us to explore many amazing parts of the Island that were just as amazing. So join, Zephyr, Laura, Me, Auntie Mandy, and Grandma & Grandpa H to see our adventures. COMPLETE PHOTO JOURNAL
Home to the only actively erupting volcano in the US, Volcanoes National Park offers many sights and adventures even when the Lava is flowing in restricted areas (AGAIN! UGH). Highlight of the trip for me was watching the caldera glow at night.
Akaka Falls State park is home to two large waterfalls, with 422' Akaka Falls being the namesake. An easy 0.96mi hike will take you past Kahuna and Akaka falls on a paved trail through the jungle. Be amazed by the goby fish that climb Akaka falls using suction disks to spawn!
The Photojournal of Zephyr's 2nd Halloween is up for all to see. He was quite tired and teething, plus it literally rained more on Halloween night than all of January and February combined. All of that added up to a tired, cranky-pants kid. He was a trooper, however, and was able to coax a good haul out of our neighbors before we melted in the rain. Thanks to Grandma & Grandpa Rowan for escorting our engineer!
These photos took a month to get posted, but here they are! Z finally had a chance to model all of the amazing clothes that my Aunt Dorothy hand sewed for him. Her craftsmanship is amazing and Z looks like quite the lady killer in his new duds. Thanks Dorothy!
The last several photos are Z in a very special set of traditional South Korean clothes. The clothes were sent to us by the Choi family whom we met two years ago this November in less than ideal (nearly tragic) circumstances. Thankfully all ended well and we are now bonded by the experience for the rest of our lives.
Ryan J Hollister - Geoscience & EnviroSci Educator, Avid hiker, Landscape photographer, WildLink Club Advisor, Central Valley Advocate.