Last year I looked over the Captain Cook Monument from the opposite shore of Kealakekua bay. From this point there was no way to go there except by kayak. This time I challenged to go there through the trail at the mountain ridge of this picture.
There were many mango at the trail head but these did not ripen. What a shame, it was a half month early. The trail was like this, very slippy, and simply went down 2 ml and 2000ft. It was very hard to walk so I worried about return. On the way young group of 2 couples passed me by. They asked me with an anxious look whether I brought plenty water or not. I said "don't worry we, two, have 3 bottle of water"
We took 1.5 hour to arrive at the monument, white paint was peeking off in spots.
This bay faced high lava cliff and water was extremely clear.
So it was a very good for snorkeling. Many people came from Kailua Koa by sightseeing ship enjoyed it.
They came from opposite shore by Kayak.
A couple, who went ahead of us, said "Well done to come here, do you have water enough?" At that time we had only one bottle so we thought that we could not take water at the lunch because had to keep it for return, climbing rout. I said so, then they gave us 2 bottles. At the long climbing and no shade rout Water was a life. they shared us a life. They were not only very handsome and lovely but angels.
What a surprise, Mongoose had its eye on their knapsack. I shouted to scare it, but too late it ran away with a little bag of the candy in its mouth.
I handed him my card with this blog address and asked them to read my blog I would write about this trip when I back to Japan.
If you read it please accept our gratitude!
Every body enjoyed swimming. If I swam I could not go back.
Now it's time to go back. We need double or triple hours to crimb the way back.
I saw people on the horse far below. I had never thought that they would catch up on me.
At the half way they caught up us, because horse has 4 legs. Later I knew Horse back tour is $100 for one person. I envied them very much. But we could go back only 1hour and 45minuts.
By the way when I said good-bye to that kind people I promised them I would leave Japanese sweet at their car's side mirror. But when I arrived my car I recognized I had only 3 rice cake(osenbei) and 2 or 3 shortbread.
I left them because it is the thought that counts, but too small for precious water, we drunk all of them. We say "Thank you" again!!
I went to Kailua Kona though the Sadle Road (Rout 200), it passed almost center of the island. It is such a fine road but Rent-a-Car prohibited to drive. It was heavy rain at Hilo side.
When I passed the peak of this road(about 7000ft high), I came to over the cloud so it was fine weather. It is just a intersection one is to Mauna Kea summit the other to Mauna Loa Observatory. It is kind of watershed.
At the Mauna Kea State Park there is an open space and some bungalows. Background is Mauna Kea but we cannot see the summit from here.
It has a trail to a cinder cone(scoria hill) near by. It was one mile and looked not so steep so I challenged to go. But think well slop of cinder cone is 30 degrees minimum so it is not gentle.
It was dry area because cloud stopped at watershed. There was big cactus blooming charming flowers.
Someone did such prank.
I spent 1 hour to gain only 700ft, I had to rest many times because of luck of oxyen, elvation of trail head was 7000ft. I was able to see a magnificent shape of Mauna Loa, but no vent at the top of the hill.
At the right side there was a training camp of US army. It has a landing strip. Can you see a cloud of dust,Tanks running dust. The road was the Sadle Road which I would run after.
Left side was Hilo direction. There were many cinder cones of Mauna Kea.
I was going to Kailua Kona. Wide ranch was covered with yellow flwers, it was splendid!