Mt. Mauna Kea
Author: Dino Hi


At sea level, smelling the ocean mist, tropical rains and warm breeze
Our journey takes us through lush jungles of tree ferns, coco palms and ohia trees
Our machines climbing higher and higher, over snaking roads and green grass
Over ancient lava flows, rough and jagged, sharp as glass
Higher and higher we go, 9,000 ft. rest, feeling light headed, over looking desert scape
Still higher we climb,
machines now sputtering, lacking oxygen, altitude sickness, this a mistake?

The summit is reached, we're on top of the world! Wow! We can see so far
From base to summit, over 33,000 ft., world's tallest!
Over clouds, sun shining, looking like Mars
Not even a plant or bug, touching the telescope that views the heavens, riding in snow
The air thin and cold, hard to breath, shivering, we won't last, let's blow
Once around the mountain, full blast, over cinder cones and rocks
Miles and miles we travel, looking at everything, in awe and shock
Our tires shredded, no knobs left, lava like broken glass
The experiance, forever lasting in our minds, what a blast

" Mt. Mauna Kea, from sea level 13,796 ft. From ocean bottom,
base to summit over 33,000ft. World's tallest mountain."
We got permission from Parker Ranch and from Paul Jensen,
who runs the NASA Observatory, who also rode dirt bikes with
us, so we wouldn't destroy the place. 23 of us for 3 days of
riding, followed by 2 in a gas truck. A once in a life time.
The Big Island of Hawaii, 1991.


Comments on this poem/writing:

Meri ( -- Monday, June 13 2011, 07:01 am


This is all I can say. Great description. Superb images. Great story. The adventure sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing Dino.
Dino Hi! ( -- Wednesday, June 15 2011, 12:44 am

Thanks Meri

If you ever get the change to go to the Big Island Of Hawaii. Take a tour up there. Yes, there's snow in Hawaii. Mahalo nui loa(Thank you very much) Meri! Aloha!
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