Mauna Kea, Hawaii // FLASHBACK FRIDAY

I’ve been thinking back lately to my 2 weeks in Hawaii in 2012 and how incredibly AWESOME that trip was. Hawaii has everything I need to be happy: glorious warm weather, gorgeous scenery, and outdoor adventures out the wazoo. I’m already dreaming of going back to take on Maui and Kaua’i, learning how to surf and SUP, hiking the Na Pali coast. Oh it’s happening! (albeit someday not soon enough!)

mauna kea hawaii 

One of the first stops on our Big Island roadtrip was Mauna Kea. We opted to drive up to the summit rather than hike to it (due to time constraints, not laziness I swear!) – and were rewarded with surreal, Mars-like views in the clouds. How crazy is this scene?

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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  • Anne

    Mauna Kea is one of my FAVORITE places on Earth…it is truly otherworldly, and being above the clouds, and OH! Those stars…thanks for the reminder of what a beautiful world this is!

    • lindsaypunk

      IT IS! I only wish I’d had more time to spend there!

  • Great shot, we drove up too but I have no photos. I loved driving the Big Island, watching the outdoor temperature go from tropic to chilly to tropic again. I wish Hawaii was closer!

    • lindsaypunk

      Thanks, Kristin! Ugh, SO DO I! It was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken – could definitely see myself spending an extended amount of time in Hawaii!