Sunset and Stars from Mauna Kea

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/22, 1/100 sec, ISO2000
“Sunset” Big Island, 2024

Today we went on a fantastic trip to the summit of Mauna Kea with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures. It was so good. We were picked up in Kona and driven in a nice new van up to the summit, while the driver (Arthur) told us a ton of interesting facts about the Big Island. At the summit we enjoyed a beautiful sunset, and then returned to the visitor center where our driver set up a telescope and we spent a couple of hours stargazing. It was pretty great! Highly recommended.

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 20.5mm, f/13, 1/100 sec, ISO800
“Distant Haleakala” Big Island, 2024
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/2.8, 15 sec, ISO3200
“Mauna Kea Sky” Big Island, 2024

Priority Seating

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/30 sec, ISO800
“Legroom” 2023

On our flight, we got priority seating and also sat in the row that had free drinks, alcohol included! I still don’t know how it works other than it’s one of the perks that Mariko has due to her status on American Airlines. I enjoyed the extra room and we shared a beer, which made the flight a bit nicer! One downside was that we were just behind first class, so I could see and smell the dinner that they were enjoying… it made me so hungry!

Return Trip

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/450 sec, ISO32
“LAX” Los Angeles, 2023

Today is my return flight to Austin. I have a bunch of goodies to bring back, including several frozen burritos and chimichangas which I cannot buy in Texas. My bag got pulled aside for a check at TSA, and the agent asked if I was carrying food. I said yes, some frozen burritos. He asked if they were Ramona’s, and I replied yes. He asked if they were beef and potato, to which I also replied yes. Then we got into a nice conversation about which flavors we preferred, and then he said that he will stop by the store on the way home and buy some for dinner. So funny!

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/60 sec, ISO400
“Goodies” Cedar Park, 2023