Hello Dear Ones,
I led a discussion on the Sagittarius New Moon on Monday (moon day) and recorded it. If you are looking for that, scroll down to the previous post!
In the meantime, continuing my adventures in Hawaii… to see the previous posts (parts one thru seven), scroll down further.
Yesterday I pretty much took it easy. I overdid it on Monday – snorkeling in two places, having good discussions on healing and the nervous system and spirituality, then leading the astrology discussion was a lot. I did go snorkeling around Kona bay in the afternoon. That was great! I was surprised that the greatest diversity of fish were around the bay (which includes many boats coming and going).
Waking up early this morning, I did some refuge practice, and then got ready. I was quite happy that I was packed and out the door at 7:15 am! I had to do this as my flight left Hilo at 11 am. Although because it was just an inter-island flight, I could have left a little later and been fine.
Today I drove over the saddle – the nearly 7,000 foot ridge between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa (the two 14,000 footers on the Big Island). The Saddle Road is much improved – 15 years ago, it was practically one-lane. Today it is two and three lanes the entire way with wide shoulders. Basically it cut the drive from Kona to Hilo down to 90 minutes! Before, you wouldn’t consider taking the Saddle Road unless you were driving up to Mauna Kea’s summit.
Plus the landscape and the spectacular views from up there are well worth the drive. Coming up from Kona, you get to see Hualalai – a nearly 8,000 footer near Kona, and off in the distance, there are the Kohala mountains to the north (more of a lump compared to the two 14’s), and there are awesome views of the ocean as you drive up. Then you get closer to Mauna Kea and can easily see Mauna Loa in the distance.
Today the clouds were wispily moving through the recreation area up there. It was deceptively chilly – I put on a sweater and was glad I did when a gust came through. Then on my way down from the saddle, I stopped a couple times and the telescope observatories on Mauna Kea were visible through and above the clouds.
Then flying from Hilo to Oahu. That was nice in that I sat on the correct side of the plane – I got to see Maui (and Haleakala just barely poking up through the white blanket of clouds), Lana’i, Molokai and a distance glimpse of the Honolulu and Waikiki skyline before turning to land.
So this evening is rest and recovery. All these transitions wreak a bit of havoc on my nervous system. I need to walk around barefoot and let my body know that I have arrived in a new location (my birthplace in fact).
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving with family. I will see if I can get in an early swim and more delicious sunlight!
Thanks for joining me on this journey!