When we planned this trip we knew we were going to get far. Little did we know, though, that we’d leave our home planet and visit Earth’s neighbour.
We wanted to go up Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawai’i. When we arrived at the bottom of the mountain we were wrapped in low hanging clouds – the prospect of driving up 4200m above sea level wasn’t too inviting. Luckily, about two thirds up we went through the clouds.
Watch the transformation of our journey from road trip to space travel yourself:
The view on the top was amazing.
I had read about Mauna Kea almost thirty years ago in a mountain bike magazine in Germany: a few lads cycle up and had the downhill trip of their life. When I saw the pictures of the observatories on top of the volcano I knew I had to stand there myself at some point – check! Would have loved to do the downhill myself; not so sure about the uphill. The landscape is really unearthly: