Mauna Kea and Others



After a short stop at Rainbow Falls I headed for the Saddle Road to visit Mauna Kea. There is a visitor center about halfway up to the summit from the main road. The road surface then turns to gravel and is steep for 5 miles. My rented Hyundai Elantra barely made it because the minimum speed to produce enough power was also fast enough to overpower the suspension. The final 3 miles is very steep, but paved. The summit is at an oxygen starved 13,796 feet (4,200 Meters). The final photo is one of the spectacular views from my hotel room in Hilo.

40 responses

  1. Gorgeous! What an awesome experience to be there! Isn’t the gift of sight so wonderful?!!! God is so amazing and kind. :-]

    April 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

  2. When you’re that high, it’s like you can touch the sky. Beautiful photo set.

    April 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    • Nothing like it, and about 2 hours from sea level.

      April 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

  3. Benny

    I want to do what you get to do!

    April 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    • I don’t know if anyone is hiring. Thank you.

      April 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      • Benny

        Bummer. I really love your blog. You take amazing photos. Inspiring me to become a better photographer…

        Keyword is “better”. :)

        April 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

        • Grab your camera and shoot.

          April 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm

  4. Fantastic photos! Love that waterfall and the view from your hotel room’s amazing!

    April 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm

  5. Amazing photos, again. Thanks for sharing these!

    April 20, 2013 at 5:58 pm

  6. Great way to get high!

    April 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm

  7. Your photos make me want to go to Hawaii so badly.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm

  8. Ooh-la-la. Gorgeous. Thank you.

    April 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm

  9. I’ve enjoyed looking through your blog…you take fascinating photos…

    April 20, 2013 at 10:55 pm

  10. So many have shared so much with me and I wish to share as well please accept my nominations and if nothing else know I am grateful for your sharing on your pages with us all and the time you share with me on mine.Thank you!! :) Joe

    April 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

  11. Impressive!

    April 21, 2013 at 11:35 am

  12. Really great photos and stunning views!!! Can’t say which one I like best… ;)

    April 22, 2013 at 4:43 am

  13. Magical photos, Ron. What a great view from your hotel window. :)

    April 22, 2013 at 5:07 am

  14. Stunning!

    April 22, 2013 at 10:32 am

  15. Only just…perfect!

    April 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    • Thank you Robert. The air was a bit thin up there.

      April 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm

  16. Great shots….Thanks for sharing :)

    April 25, 2013 at 3:35 am

  17. Amazing photos!! I envy all
    your adventures and travels!

    May 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm

  18. Thanks for visiting my blog…I will return to see your amazing adventures!

    May 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm

  19. hukacanhaka

    Hawai’i nui, such an awesome place to spend time when it feels like time does not really exist. By the looks of your pics you most definitely got to experience the intensity and beauty of Pele.

    November 16, 2013 at 9:04 pm

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