Tuesday, February 28, 2006

More things found on rocks!

More things found on rocks!

Rocks where things were found - Outrigger keahou resort.

Things found on rocks

Sea urchins

Senior billy's cantina.

Senior billy's cantina.

Excellent fish tacos and margaritas!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Second trip to see lava flowing into ocean

First glimpse of the place where the lava meets the ocean. Unlike the previous trip two weeks ago, with all the stops to take photos of the lava rock forms, (see previous volcano trip blog entry), this time we hoofed it out as fast as we could go to the rope boundary line set out by the volcano National Park Forest Service crew. With a late start, we were not assured of getting there before dark, and it is clever hiking over the bumpy lava flow.


Sweet! The glow of flames is visible 2/3 of the way out to the farthest viewing point.

It's a race to get as close as possible, before it gets too dark to take photos, so Local Tourist keeps taking them along the trek out to the Forest Service Boundary.

Glow really starting to show. Finally in as close as we are legally allowed to go tonight.

More flames showing up here.

They are all so beautiful, each, once more than the last. You can see the flames in different places in each photo, so here's another one.

And another.

OK, last one. So cool, so hot. So uniquely Hawaii.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Kilauea Iki hike in Volcanoes National Park

This amazing and beautiful hike is 4 miles round trip, but goes by so fast, because every view is unbelievable. The trail starts out on the crater rim, and proceeds through old Hawaiian Rain Forest. Dense, tall, and green, a canopy of trees over our heads as we walk the soft path angling down the hill.
Our first view of the crater we will hike through - Kilauea Iki.

Still in the trees, we see others following the trail in front of us, headed out across the crater floor. Is this amazing or what?

An area where part of the crater wall has fallen away to expose the colored minerals in the lava. Look for a tiny, tiny white spot in the lower left of the red slide area. That is a regular size human. And they call this "small" (Iki) Kilauea.

The bubbly baked brownie crust up close.

One strong flower. The contrasts here are amazing.

Gee I hope this doesn't crack while we are walking over it.

Very eerie, and very beautiful walking across the floor of this SMALL crater. The steam vents are everywhere, and fill the air with a smell of sulfur, which as Mark Twin says, is "not unpleasant to a sinner".

And now, we return to our regular programming . . . investment banker takes call from client, even without his blackberry. The cheap phones work down here too.

The path through the inner caldera rim. More steam vents in the crater floor. Very smooth lava bed, with a few major bumps here and there. Reminds me of the asphalt of the city streets in Manhattan.

Looking at back at where we'd come from, once we reached the top of the other side of the crater.

Tide pools @ outrigger keahou

Outrigger keahou

Outrigger keahou bay resort

Green sea turtles right in front of outrigger.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Monday, February 20, 2006

Flat water at kahalu'u makes 4 bored bo

Flat water at kahalu'u makes 4 bored boarders.

Live posts coming from Hawaii!

Previous post is from mobile phone, taken at Island Lava Java, where they offer free wifi connection, on Alii Drive. Great location, looking out on Kailua Bay right in the heart of town. Through crazy circumstances, LocalTourist is back in Kailua Kona, less than two weeks after previous visit. Much more Big Island photo blogging to come! Stay tuned for the next week for more volcanoe and snorkeling adventures.

Whoa! LocalTourist back in Kailua Kona HI. Sweet!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Really big winds mean really big waves

Really big winds mean really big waves on the hudson river on friday.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

SoDumb? (South Dumbo)

Moblog from today's run.

From brooklyn heights promenade. New condos strike!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Where does the snow go? Another epic journey

First, it snows.

Then a slow plow comes along, sprays you with snow, buries your neighbor's car, and piles the snow along the side of the road. It is scooped into even bigger piles at certain points.

Next, a loader moves the pile into a dump truck, which takes it to a designated "pile area", in this case, a closed side street (Park Place) where one of the 20 snow melting machines (see next post) is set up.

Here is a resulting pile from the Broadway side of Park Place, next to The Woolworth Building. All the way down at the end of the pile, you can see the back end of a dump truck lifted up, dumping yet more snow on the pile. And yes, these piles are as big as they look. See the telephone booth on the right?

In the next post, you'll see what happens to this pile.

Where does the snow go? Another epic journey (cont)

Here is a great description of the whole process from Time Out New York (TONY).

"What happens to all that snow the plows collect?
Time and traffic help melt the snow after a mild winter pelting, but the
white mountains that form after a blizzard are another story. For those,
sanitation workers roll out 20 snow-melting machines; each one costs
$200,000 and can melt 60 tons of snow an hour, according to Kathy Dawkins, a
Sanitation spokesperson. The machines are placed near designated sewers all
over the city, and trucks dump loads of snow into them; the melted snow is
then directed to a facility where the water is filtered and treated so it
can be safely dumped into the rivers. The machines are fitted with screens
that catch the errant rat (not to mention rubbish) so it's not barbecued by
the massive heaters and plunged into the city's waterways."
-Nick Divito

This view from above may be a bit disorienting, but in lower edge of the picture is the snow melter, and in the middle of the pic is the loader, scooping up snow from the pile, left by a steady line of dump trucks. This is at the corner of Church Street and Park Place, alongside the Woolworth Building, the other end of the street in previous picture. (as always, click to enlarge)

A close-up view of the loader and the "snow-begone" boiler. The front end of it is positioned right above a manhole, through which the melted snow runs off to the river.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Trinity Church and its snowy churchyard cemetery

Here's a view of Trinity Church in lower Manhattan that most geeks will have seen, from the window of J&R's 3rd floor. That's the World Financial Center (WFC) in the background.

Close-up of the beautiful and very old cemetery.

A view of Trinity Church that many athletes have seen.

From the window at New York Sports Club (NYSC) City Hall gym is one of the best sights in the city. How cool is that for a workout view?

LocalTourist waits all year to see the graves blanketed in snow. It symbolizes the death of growing things before their rebirth in spring.

Bell in Trinity churchyard, next to the withered gravemarkers that grow thinner each year.