It seemed very strange down in South Kohala that afternoon packing jumpers, coats, gloves, and beanies for this trip to the Visitors Centre on Mauna Kea. It was a long haul up, about 1.25hrs drive, much of it through fog and low cloud. We arrived just before sunset and hiked to the top of the small hill nearby. While short, it did seem strangely tiring, until I read that we were at 2800m. That's way higher than I have ever stood on planet Earth before (Mt Kosciuszko is only 2280m!)!! We were very glad of all the warm clothes we had brought, and even gladder of the hot drinks offered by the VC for minimal charge - nice one! I would have loved to stay an see the stars, but I had an early start next morning, and was a little wary about driving at night, in fog, and on the wrong side of the road! I'd love to return for a longer visit.
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