Hiking Mauna Kea Mountain to the Summit Observatory

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Mauna Loa may be the “largest” volcano in all of Hawaii (And the world, for that matter), but Mauna Kea is the tallest. At 13,796 feet, it’s a mere 196 feet higher than Mauna Loa. Mauna Kea is classified as dormant, while Mauna Loa is still active. It’s outside of the Volcanoes National Park. Mauna […]

Hiking to the Summit of Mauna Loa

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12 Ways to Avoid Getting Eaten by a Bear

I saw the first wild bear of my life along the Appalachian Trail in Northern Virginia. It was the summer of 2001, and I was 20 years old. It was late in the afternoon as I walked through the usual “green tunnel” of forest, just to the south of Shenandoah National Park. The woods had […]