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Hawaii
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O'ahu - The Gathering Place 
March 23rd, 2010
I got to Hawaii. It is so funny to think I'm in Hawaii. Nice atmosphere here. I'm pretty tired. The flight was long.... I'm in sandals...So funny.Very weird feeling. Everything is changing before my eyes. Much faster than I grasp. I'm in Hawaii!!! Volcanoes, beaches, chicks... I'm hanging out. Me! Hanging out...There are a lot of Japanese here. I have never seen so many in one place. So funny...
March 26th, 2010
I don't know how to be a tourist. What the hell do they do with all their vacations? It's weird. I am learning to hang out. Chill. Do nothing. Well, in nature I got no problem doing that. But in a city?!?! It's boring. I sat with everyone here, drank , hanged out. I feel like such an outsider. Why?Will I ever natural among these people? Maybe never. I decided to take flights to the other islands. No plans. Just taking off. This island is beautiful. But a lot of tourists. I thought I would see sea turtles.... Instead I saw wild chickens (????) Weird...
Kaua'i - The Garden Island
March 27th, 2010
What a beautiful little island. I rented a car! Me! I decided on a vacation and I will have a vacation. Although I will sleep in my tent or in the car. I just drove today. To get used to it. The beautiful scenic road around the east side of this amazing island. I got to the Na Pali coast just to discover one of the most amazing views I've seen. Incredible rugged cliffs, waves and sunset. Just a magical place. Sitting on the beach, watching all the couples holding hands. In love. I feel so lonely more than I felt in a long long time. I got a feeling I'm gonna be lonely for a long time. Perhaps forever. Maybe it's faith. Maybe a surrendering.Could it be that there exist something in my life that I've surrendered to? I'm happy and hurting simultaneously. Frustrated and joyful. How amazing nature can be? How lonely a man could be?
March 29th, 2010
The last couple of days were a sequence of staggering views and incredible sights. Waimea canyon is probably one of the most beautiful places I've seen in my life! I hiked the famous Kalalau trail with the amazing cliffs, waterfalls and beaches. It was slightly raining and a lot of mud. Just what I needed to get me out of this damn comma. I'm a thru hiker after all. The days of melt down are nearing the end. And good for that. Still a bit lonely, still a bit sad. To be honest. I'm very sad. It is so frustrating that such bliss is companied with this big emptiness.
Tomorrow I'm in Maui, I'm following Captain Cook for months now. It's only a few days away.
Maui - The Valley Island
March 30th, 2010
Smooth landing in Maui. I'm starting to follow some big volcanoes! Lava slopes. I love volcanoes! This island is unique. Everybody goes for the beaches. I look for volcanoes and Captain Cook. Some remote parts in this place. Tomorrow to Haleakala. At least there is no threat of insane wild chickens here. Lucky me!

March 31st, 2010
Haleakala is amazing! I hiked about 8 miles of a moon like crater of the volcano and in the sliding sands. Just perfect. After 2 weeks of slacking and eating I'm still in trail shape from hell. Funny rangers... They tried to convince me it is a hard trail that will take me a whole day. Are they kidding??!?! I better shape up when I reach San Francisco. More and more I understand the greatness of James Cook. An explorer of worlds. A legend. If only I will accomplish even a fraction of his amazing voyages then I will be truly happy. Still haven't seen any whales...
Six months have passed. In a flash. Moments, ages, difficulties, happiness. A lot has happened. Changes. Life. No regrets. Am I really doing all of this? Maybe it is just a dream. What would he have done? Toughness, sensitivity, cleverness and knowledge. One day I will find them myself. In my own way. I have already started. Treasuring every memory. Living every moment. There is only one chance for all of this. For life. No regrets. The hidden valley in Dhaulagiri. The Rakaia in New Zealand. I will remember.


April 1st, 2010
In the autumn of my life I will understand. Why me? Why all? Until then it is not interesting. I won't waste another moment of these years trying to figure out why. The loneliness is crushing. I guess every man runs away from something. Has his skeletons in the closet. And I found mine. Adding to all the great things and the blessed changes. Perhaps I will end my life in loneliness, but I will never surrender to it. I will squeeze every drop of live and I won't cry for the things I don't have. I must walk. I must hike. When I don't walk I feel dead inside. Now there is pain. Even a crushing pain. No choice but to embrace it and cope. The day I won't feel pain is the day I won't feel anything anymore. The day of my death. I Want To Live! I Want It All!
Tomorrow I'm off to Hawaii, the big island. To the big volcanoes. To the last spot in Cook's life story. From there I'll continue the journey. Not in his way. In my way. Onwards to the PCT.
Hawaii - The Big Island
April 2nd, 2010
I made it to the big island. After lunch and a bit of organizing I took of towards volcanoes national park.I saw old lava slopes, calderas, lava tunnels and for a finale a real lava glowing in red and orange colors! It is real and now! Inside Helemaumau crater. Too bad part of the park is closed due to toxic fumes. But go argue with an active volcano...
April 4th, 2010
In a sort of a way, a journey has ended. This morning, I took a kayak from a local and made my way through the bay to Cook's point. The place where his life ended. Where the legend is eternal. The only way to reach the monument was through the sea which made it all more symbolic and special. The voyage through the pacific is over. But only this voyage. I was very emotional. In that moment. Standing there, next to the monument, where so much history of one person tragically ended. Here's to ya Cook! You'll always be a legend. A human wonder. A genius. Going over the saddle between the two giant volcanoes, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, I saw my first snow for a while. Saw some lava trees. I adore volcanoes.
Taking off
April 6th, 2010
It is over. So fast. It's done. The Hawaiian experience was brief, intense and very lonely. More than any trail. I was fortunate to see a paradise. To honor Captain Cook. It is so hard for me to grasp just how fast life is progressing. But for the first time I feel like I'm living life to the full. As long as I have them. Another life span is over. A new and powerful one is in front. The Pacific Crest Trail.
"I had the ambition to not only go further than man had gone before, but to go as far as it was possible to go...." - Captain James Cook.
The End

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