Report # 1
Part # 2
Can’t believe that I didn’t share details about my afternoon/night trip up to Haleakala with DH. That’s what happens when you are writing a trip report but still have jet lag brain fog.
Pheasants and Bolide.
It was a beautiful afternoon in Kihei. We had arrived the night before on a late flight.
Knowing that the moon was waxing and seeing clear skies we threw telescope and “stuff” in the car and headed up to the summit. We were both still very tired from our long travel day so the buddy plan was implemented.
I love the drive up as terrain changes and views of the harbors and towns emerge.
As we passed the Ranger station I started looking for fowl. Wasn’t too long before a beautifully colored male pheasant was spotted. A few more hairpin turns and there was a hen and rooster. Is a male pheasant a rooster? A few more miles and another male. Wow..three colorful males in one trip. That broke my personal best. I’m always looking for things to entertain me as we make the drive.
We arrived just after sunset. Sorry we missed it from the summit but got too late a start from Kihei. Started the process of setting up for viewing. It’s not long before I’m hiding from the cold and reading my book. DH is the astronomer, I’m just the tag a long. I decided to emerge from my protected shelter and see what DH was observing.
As he had his eye to the eyepiece, I was gazing up enjoying the night sky. All of a sudden I started making a strange sound..ahahahah..
This startled my DH. He is use to hearing my many words but not strange sounds. He looked up just in time to see the large bolide.
It looked like a large softball with a foot long tail. The whitish ball edged with green had an orange tail. I’m still trying to take it all in and that was 2 weeks ago. I had heard about bolides. My nephew saw one north of Little Rock, Ar while on a star gazing trip. DH saw a much brighter one at a dark sky star party in west Texas. Now it was my turn. WOW !
What a night…
I didn’t make it back up, but DH did with his buddy from Pukalani. They didn’t see another bolide but saw three deer. Rounded a curve and there they were by the side of the road, stopped the car as the deer leisurely walked across the road.. First time either of the guys had seen deer in the park.
So. As you enjoy Haleakala stay alert. You never know what interesting “things” you might see.
Google bolide to see images if the link below doesn’t work.