December 07, 2011 | By: Andrew Centofante | Tags: travel
Our next stop in Hawaii was Mauna Kea the tallest mountain in the island chain. We drove up the dirt road stopping halfway for lunch and to acclimate to the altitude. Our guide warned of altitude sickness and said that everyone’s bodies react differently to high altitudes so be careful if you feel woozy. During the car ride up I began to feel really sleepy and actually dozed off a few times. When we made it to the top, high above the cloud line I could feel it was harder to breathe and was light headed. It took a little while but I started to feel better. On the top sit several huge observatories and high powered telescopes. It was really awesome to think people sit up here staring into deep space. I thought it fitting that the landscape was like being on another planet. Clouds surrounded us, the ground was red stones like mars, it was cold and there was snow on the ground. One of the girls got really excited and then told us that she had never seen snow before. We decided to hike to the peak which was 13,000 feet. We stopped a lot along the way to catch our breathe but it was spectacular to be able to look around a 360 degree view and see Hawaii like I would have never imagined it.