Hawaii 2011

View into the volcanic crater of Kilauea Iki, Big Island, Hawaii, USA. In the background you can see plumes of steam rising from the Kilauea crater.
View into the volcanic crater of Kilauea Iki, Big Island, Hawaii, USA. In the background you can see plumes of steam rising from the Kilauea crater.

After my observation nights at the Subaru telescope in Hawaii, I had the chance to spend a few more days on the Big Island, Hawaii. Besides renting a bicycle (who would have thought it), I also rented a car for one day. And so, almost by accident on my birthday, I went to the active volcanoes and the Kilauea Visitor Center. It was a great day, I hiked a lot, stood on a lot of young rock, had great views and learned some geology. Due to the fact that some craters were active during this period (Nāpau crater), it was not possible to hike that far, but I was still active in the National Park all day.

Something I would do differently from today’s perspective is to be more open. Although I had stayed in a hostel, I withdrew very much and therefore spent my free days in Hawaii alone. Occasional activity together has become important to me, especially in the last few years, and it’s nice to challenge social anxiety too. Sharing about the views an exciting excursion is a nice thing to do, and by writing here I do that partly.

This was the trip where I rode my bicycle to the airport.

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