Zachary Bright

The Wonder of it All


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An Amazing Place

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I’m thinking about water today. Somehow thinking about it is comforting in the midst of California Summer heat. I’ve lived most of my life in Cali and still I avoid heat whenever I can.

I have been to the place pictured above, more precisely to the area at the top of the picture, well actually it’s hidden in the fog. This place is Mount Walaleale on the island of Kuai in the Hawaiian Islands. When I was there sometime in the ’90s, this was known as the wettest place in the world. The name means “rippling water” in Hawaiian and receives an average of 452 inches (!) of rain a year. The record of 683 inches was recorded in 1982. Rain comes down there about 360 days per year. I think there is always at least a mist, and there was when I was there. Mount Walaleale has a peak of 5,148 ft. which features a mushy swamp surrounded by lush, green vegetation and many streams and waterfalls. The area is a favorite of film makers with such films as “Jurassic Park” (1993) and “Tropic Thunder” (2008) being partly filmed there.

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Kokee State Park, Kauai Island, HI There are areas that look like the Grand Canyon, areas that are what one would expect on a tropical island and an arid area with almost no precipitation. Chickens roam the island from coastal beaches to well up in the mountains. It is believed that the first Polynesian settlers brought with them chickens, pigs, dogs and rats which developed into distinctive Kuai species. The native chicken is called the ‘moa’. Some of them are interbred with common chickens. But the moa is inedible. Chefs say that if one boils a lava rock in one pot and boils a moa in another pot, when your rock is ready to eat, your moa will be ready to eat. In other words, the moa is hard as a rock. But it is adorned colorfully and is a pleasure to watch.

This post was powered by “Rip Open The Skies” (2006) and “Resuscitate” (2012) both by Remedy Drive and “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices” (2012) by The Welcome Wagon.

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