Friday’s Factoid 5 (by Titus and Joel)

We took a field trip up Mauna Kea. It is almost 14,000 feet high and has 12 giant telescopes on top. We got up in the middle of the night and drove to the top when it was still dark. We saw the glow of the lava from Kilauea Volcano. We saw the sunrise. It was more beautiful than a sunset and lasted for a long time. It was freezing cold even though we were in Hawaii (by Joel,7).

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We ate donuts on Mauna Kea and then drove all the way down to the other side of the island. We went to the Planetarium at ‘Imiloa and learned about how the Hawaiians used the stars to find their way in their canoes. To get back to Hawaii they rowed toward the Southern Cross when it was 6 degrees in the sky. Then we went for a hike where there was a waterfall by the ocean and we had a picnic and climbed trees. There were parrots in the trees (by Titus,8).

Teacher’s Two Cents (by Mom)
An amazing but exhausting day. Sea level to 14,000 back down to sea level then all the way back around the Big Island (which really did seem big after all that driving). Have to share a few highlights for me. I’ve never seen the moon so bright or so close. We had to squint when looking at it like you would looking at the sun. Next was seeing the glow of lava inside the Kilauea crater thousands of feet below us and half an island away. Seeing and hearing the telescopes operating with their eyes to the sky was also pretty cool. The sunrise over the Pacific was spectacular. But the most memorable sight of the day was seeing the shadow of Mauna Kea cast by the rising sun out over the ocean. Totally surreal. Had to share a photo.

11 thoughts on “Friday’s Factoid 5 (by Titus and Joel)

  1. It’s hard to believe that we did that much in a single day. We sure slept well the next night though. Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to live in such a diversely beautiful place!


  2. Thanks for stopping by, I love all of your wonderful photography. It seems as though these natural wonders must be so awe inspiring to our kids! The Chabot Space Center is one of the great museums near us. You should check it out if you guys are ever in the area!


  3. WOW – – another great entry! The Thursday FACTIOD! Can’t wait to have you teach me all the things you are learning! Big hug to you!


  4. What a gift you are giving your sons in doing this study, Julie! You are gifting us as well in sharing through the blog. Thank you and God bless you as you continue to glorify him! Your sons have a “cool” mom, perfect mother for boys! 🙂


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