Green Lake

I’ve been wanting to head over to Green Lake since last year and finally got the chance!  It’s also the first REALLY 4×4 road I’ve driven on since we moved to the Big Island.  I swear I could hear the Jeep crying.  Or maybe laughing.  Although the road was not ‘Rocky Mountain High’ it was a trail.  I sure miss driving the mountain roads.  Looks like I’ll need to drive Mauna Kea for a road fix.  That’s for later.

This trail took my youngest son Jake and I up to the top of Green Mountain.  Mountain is a relative term as I believe it’s about 400 feet tall.  Just a little shorter than the almost 14,000 feet of Mauna Kea as seen from Green Mountain.

Mauna KeaThe drive was fun and it really felt like we were in the middle of the mountains and the jungle at the same time.

Green Mountain TrailPretty cool view from the top of Green Mountain looking over the ocean onto part of the Puna District.  You can also see the Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse (Kapoho Lighthouse) in the distance.  According to scientists, that is where the freshest air in the world exists.  They take measurements of the air quality at that point of the island and hold it up as a world wide standard.  You really can feel and smell the difference in the air within that area.

LighthouseWhile the road is red in this next shot, it isn’t the Red Road which is no longer red anyway.  Yeah, I know, confusing.  I think this road leads down to the tide pools at Kapohoho Bay.

Tide PoolsWe could not see Green Lake from top of the ‘mountain’ due to the heavy jungle growth so we made our way back down the trail and decided to poke around a little bit near base.  We found a two-track trail in the tall grass and took that as far as we could and still no lake.

Tall GrassWe did come across this abandoned truck.  I’ve seen more old, abandoned vehicles on the Big Island than I have anywhere else.

TruckAfter poking around for bit we did find the trail that led down to the crater lake (Green Lake).

Green LakeThis is all on private property and you will need permission to enter as well as paying $5 to see the lake.  Swimming is allowed.  Clothing optional.

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About Ron Bailey

Ron Bailey is a photographer living and working in Hawaii, USA. Ron worked as the project photographer for the Tomb Restoration Project at the Colorado Yule Marble Quarry beginning in 2003, and continues to document the ever changing Yule Quarry, amassing the largest photo/video library in the world of the quarry and holds the exclusive rights to shoot the historic property. His images of Western Colorado show the unique nature of this wild west state and now Ron is photographing the sometimes dangerous wildness of the Big Island, Hawaii. With the 2014 tropical storm, several wind storms and the current lava flow, Old Hawaii is in danger of disappearing on the Big Island. Ron intends to document what he can before it is gone forever.

Posted on September 10, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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