06/06/2006: "No clocks"
Let's see, what have I been up to then? A couple days ago I went to the Pu`uhonua o Honaunau (place of refuge) a very amazing historical and spiritual place on the Island. I also went snorkeling at this amazing site where there are absolutely tons of amazing tropical fish and large green sea turtles. I'm going to go back there today I think, because it was so incredible.
Yesterday I took the Saddle Road a *very* rugged road (though it doesn't appear so in these photos) that goes between the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes. I took the road to Hilo (rain forest) to see my friend Wendy that I lived with on Oahu. She was doing field research and happened to be on the Big Island for the same week as I, even though she hadn't been here in almost a year! Her area of research is the iiwi bird. It was great seeing her, we went to a bunch of art galleries (many were closed) and generally sat around talking and getting caught up, it was so nice to have someone to talk with, especially an old friend.
Today I can't decide what to do, either go horse back riding through the Waipio Valley, go back to Hapuna Beach, or go hiking in Volcanoes National Park.
On another note, I've always prided myself on needing very little sleep, only I realize now that I've been fooling myself. I have never worn a watch and the hotel I'm staying at doesn't even have alarm clocks in the room so I generally have no idea what time it is. i go to sleep when I get tired and wake up when I don't feel tire any more. I used the TV to figure out what time I've been going to sleep and getting up the last 2 days and realized I've been sleeping around *10* hours a night! But wow, I feel so incredible! How much sleep do the rest of you tend to need? Am i a freak or what?