Friday, February 12, 2010

Whales and Crime

Today, we went on a field trip with our co-op to Makapu'u Point on the southeastern tip of the island.

Whales pass by about this time of year and Makapu'u Point is a great place from which to spot them.

The view is amazing. I wish my pictures could do it justice. The blues and greens of the water don't begin to show up in pictures the way they look in real life.

There is the most adorable lighthouse you ever saw in your life up there! I always think of lighthouses as being tall, skinny buildings but this one is only 46-feet tall. It has the largest lens of any lighthouse in the United States and it is just precious!


There were tons of cacti on the trail to the top. People actually carve their names in them. The hike up is relatively easy. It's paved the entire way and there are a number of places where you can stop to look for whales.



We spotted a number of whale spouts on our way up. That's when the whale blows air out of it's blowhole and causes a "spout" of condensation to shoot up into the air. You always thought it was spouting up water didn't you? It's not. The air warms up in the whales lungs and when it blows the air out into the cool air, it forms water vapor.


It's a bit windy up there.


On our way back down the trail, we saw a mother whale and her baby briefly break the surface. No, I did not get any pictures. Every time we spotted something it was gone faster than we could get our cameras up.

When we finally got back to the parking lot..........

we discovered someone had smashed in the window of our new van and stolen our GPS.

Phooey.

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