Hiking Mauna Kea Mountain to the Summit Observatory


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


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 […]