|North Kohala Coast|
With the flights we took today, Bob is figuring he will have just passed 3,000,000 miles just with United Airlines / Star Alliance! I'm a ways behind, but well past 1,000,000 miles. That's a lot of "bottom time" on a plane!
So, it's always a treat to come back home. When we fly in from LA or San Francisco, I like to reserve the "A" seat to get a front row view of my approaching home. About 45 minutes out, I can begin to make out Mauna Kea, towering nearly 14,000 feet. Today was a stellar day approaching the Kona airport (even tho we WERE delayed four hours out of San Fran!). This blog has shots from the last 10 minutes or so of the flight, from North Kohala, over the Kohala mountains, the South Kohala and Kona Coasts with the mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa in the background, and their black lava flows etching the landscape. Lastly, the beautfiul Makalawena Beach just before landing. Oh, I LOVE being here, if even for a heartbeat!
|The Kohala Mountains (with one of my favorite all-time drives). Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai volcanos in the background|
|The Kohala Mountains with the very distinct rainy / dry markation zone|
|The bend of the island with the deep port of Kawaihae|
|With Mauna Kea in the background, the ancient lava flows from Mauna Loa and Hualalai volcanos enter the sea|
|The beautiful Makalawena crescent beaches|