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Emesine Lava Tube on Hawaii

Emerson Lava tube
Emerson Lava tube

Half way up Mauna Kea on the saddle road crossing the big island of Hawaii there is a trail to the south of the road between mile 22 and 23. 9.8 kilometers down the rough Pu’uʻŌʻō trail to the right side is a Puka (Hawaiian for lava hole) about 100 feet around and 30 feet deep. This is the main entrance to the Emesine Lava Tube. This lava tube is nearly a mile long and a great hike. Bring boots, flashlights and a helmet is nice. Don’t forget sunscreen for the hike out. It’s sunny and at nearly 8,000 feet in elevation.

Info update. You now need a permit to go in the lava tube. Contact the Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources at 808-587-0166.

Cook Inlet

Fishing boat returns
Fishing boat returns

One evening at the mouth of the Kasilof river. We had been dipnetting all day and had just finished out dinner  of whatever and Guinness. It was approaching 11pm  as that is evening during July in Alaska.

 

Flying in the Alaska range

Island of mountains punches through fog, Alaska
Island of mountains punches through fog, Alaska

Like many adventurous Alaskans I make it a habit to go anywhere any time someone asks. When you live in Alaska and someone says “hey, do you want to go flying?” You always say “yes”.

Deep in the Alaska range this cluster of peaks pushes up through the lower clouds.