One of my most favourite places in this world is a place called Mauna Kea. When measured from its oceanic base, its height is 33,100 ft (10,100 m)—more than twice Mount Everest‘s base-to-peak height of 11,980 to 15,260 ft (3,650 to 4,650 m). 1
Arnotts Lodge took me to the summit. Here are some cool things that I learned from my guide Dino.
- There was once a glacier on it (ya, a glacier in Hawaii) 4000-9000 years ago.
- Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong came up and trained here before the Apollo Mission.
- It has soil that is very similar to the soil on Mars (they bring the Mars Rovers here to test them out here).
- You can see the shadow of the earth at sunset time.
Sacred to the Hawaiians, and a must see for anyone who visits the Big Island, a sunset from above the clouds is a once in a lifetime experience. Afterwards, the stargazing is amazing – you’ve never seen so many stars as you’ll see on top of this dormant volcano.