|[Head banger] Thursday, May 23, 2013 6:37:28 PM|| |
|[guidogodoy] Thursday, May 23, 2013 1:02:26 PM|| |
|"...kitchen catches fire..." heh. Hope not. Better to see Old Faithful than a New Unexpected.|
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|[Head banger] Thursday, May 23, 2013 7:50:59 AM|| |
|yellowstone is similar to the rest of the rockies, except for the hydrogeological thingys, and bison. I live where the buffalo used to roam, but in yellowstone, holy crap they are everywhere.|
so you get cool mountains, waterfalls, canyons, wildlife, and then you get bison, gysers, mud pits, hot springs. Think it was 89 I went as a kid, so its been a while.
Saskatoon will only be a blast if the hotel kitchen catches fire.
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|[guidogodoy] Wednesday, May 22, 2013 10:11:10 PM|| |
|Never been to Yellowstone. Chatted up a Ranger when hiking around the Rockies a while back. She used to work there. Just like the islands of Hawai'i, you can't get a "which is better" answer out of them. Both parks (like the islands) are spectacular for different reasons. |
Do give a full report after your trip to Yellowstone. Safe travels to Saskatoon as well, LOL! Sounds like a blast.
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|[Head banger] Wednesday, May 22, 2013 10:01:01 PM|| |
|got to go one day. dunno when but I have to make it happen. going to yelowstone this summer, that should be fun|
[Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by guidogodoy from Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:46:43 PM)
|[guidogodoy] Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:46:43 PM|| |
|You would have LOVED the hikes, compadre. As you saw the shot of how the clouds roll in, that is your only true "enemy" - the weather. Not that a bear could live up there but I had to look up how many people died up on the volcano. Look up the one who was washed over the falls with his daughter. Flash flood took them. |
Odd to read the comments. While their family sued and won a "no-fault" settlement of $5 mil US, the opinions were divided. Yeah there should have been a sign but the guy should have known better.
Beautiful island. That makes three islands for me. A little on the commercial side but if you catch a good day, the hiking (and camping, so I am told) is outstanding.
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|[Head banger] Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:41:01 PM|| |
|Guido, I so want to go on a vacation there. sadly I am headed to Saskatoon for business tomorow. joy... NOT!!!!|
|[guidogodoy] Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:58:52 PM|| |
|Thanks, all. Good to be there, good to be home. Shame that pictures can't fully capture reality like my first JP shot (I was WAY out on the highest rock after a 2mile+ hike to almost fall to my death...hey, I would have tried to throw the camera back up on the way to my watery grave! LOL!) or the beauty of hiking the volcano. |
Worst part? The flight! Sitting on the tarmac for hours (total) while waiting for planes to leave our gate, no food, bag charges. etc. I flew American and found it funny that they now recognize that it takes longer to load planes as more people are bringing two carry-on bags. Brilliant observation. What the heck is going on with the aviation companies?
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|[Becks] Wednesday, May 22, 2013 5:45:29 PM|| |
|[Priestgirl_1] Wednesday, May 22, 2013 7:40:10 AM|| |
|[Vaillant 3.0] Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:39:51 PM|| |
|[guidogodoy] Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:26:55 PM|| |
|Ok, five thousand pix taken down to a few.|
Maui from 100 ft down - off Lanai. Cathedral 2 dive site for those who scuba (Nitrox dive!).
To hiking the tallest point past Kihei (hightest rock as well).
Rainbow falling on a sailboat between Kihei and Lahaina (almost had accidents as EVERYONE saw it and wanted to pull off a two-laner going up a cliff to get a pic).
Hiking the volcano, Haleakala. Nice view on the 4.2 mile hike down (you can see the trail WAY below).
Who can see the roaming JP cross? Heading down to the crater / valley WAY down below the 10,000+ ft summit.
Always remember that hiking down is the easy part. After a double-tank dive the previous day, I was sucking air like crazy trying to beat the weather out of there. 4.2 miles down ISN'T 4.2 miles back up! Especially with the tradewind clouds bringing in rain rolling in very quickly.
Same shot as the beginning descent with me barely making it out from the lower clouds. The trail is still there to the right. Valley is completely in white-out conditions.
Finally, sunset at 10,000+ ft summit.
Odd phenomenon happens at the summit. Read all about it. With the sun to your back and with luck, you can see your own shadow in a rainbow! Cannot see anyone else's but your own. I stood with my legs apart and held the camera (and in the left hand my JP cross) in the other to make sure it was me. No doubt. Old Hawaiians thought it was a divine sign and vision of their soul. Amazing. A picture doesn't come close to capturing the beauty of the clouds that have now taken over the valley of the volcano.
What luck, a second rainbow formed around the first! Too bad the Priest cross was too small to be seen in the clouds below. THAT would have been a shot. Standing in the same place with both JP necklace and camera over my head with legs spread apart to make sure it was me. Incredible! Simply could not see the guy standing right next to me if I tried. Clouds are taking over the summit. Incredible.
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|[Vaillant 3.0] Sunday, March 31, 2013 12:31:12 AM|| |
|[Becks] Saturday, March 30, 2013 8:33:07 PM|| |
|Possibly the mountain Craig and I grew up in the shadow of Mt Taranaki (Egmont) - depending how far down snow gets this year.|
Or one of the mountains in the central plateau region, about 1.5-2 hours from where we live - this is Mt Ruapehu, a skiers favourite.
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|[Becks] Saturday, March 30, 2013 2:08:54 AM|| |
|Awesome! I'm hoping to take Ada to see snow this winter. That should be interesting lol.|
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|[Vaillant 3.0] Friday, March 29, 2013 8:26:14 PM|| |
|[Brian_Evans] Friday, March 29, 2013 7:25:20 PM|| |
|[Head banger] Friday, March 29, 2013 6:44:35 PM|| |
|[guidogodoy] Friday, March 29, 2013 4:49:21 PM|| |
|Lake Tahoe region. This is Heavenly. LOVE the last run down. Signs say it all.|
White-out conditions in Kirkwood.
Still, what a view!
Cheers at beer hut and you didn't break a leg! Too bad I can't drink beer! LOL! Still, where's Waldo (around my neck).