Mauna Kea -
The Mauna Kea observatories are located at an elevation of 13,800 feet. Robin got it into his head that we should go pay them a visit.
"But, but, but..." I said. "Don't you remember when my sister took us up Sandia Mountain in New Mexico, and we felt really sick, and that was only 10,000 feet, and it was about ten years ago?"
Anyway, we went to Mauna Kea yesterday. We drove along the belt road, which is truly awful in places, pot-holed and falling apart at the edges. Up and up and up we went, and the upper we went, the unhappier little PT became. By the time we got to the visitor centre at 9,000 feet, we were toddling along at 18 miles an hour. We went into the centre, watched a video about the observatories, read the warnings about the terrible things that can happen to people who attempt to go up to 13,800 feet, heard about the 20% grade we were about to encounter on the road, looked at PT, and decided that really, 9,000 feet was high enough. By the time we got up that high, though, we had come out of the perpetual haze and found clear air. I can see why that mountain is a perfect place for an observatory or two or three or four or...Oh, look. I just found a link to webcams up there.
Meanwhile, Robin wandered a little farther and found the salt water lagoon I had seen advertised in the brochure. I think we'll take our snorkel gear over there, later today. There were some lovely fish in there - lipless ones.