Friday, January 15, 2010

On our way to: Ka'lae

We left mid morning heading south on Hwy 11 with the idea of driving to the end of South Point Road to find the southernmost point of the USA. While Key West enjoys the notoriety of being the southernmost point of the continental USA, it is not actually the REAL southernmost point.

As we are nearing the turnoff to South Point Road we notice this collapsed building.


It is a 12 mile drive south on a narrow 1-1/2 lane road which winds its way through the country side. There is not enough room for 2 cars to pass so the proticol is for both approaching vehicles to move to the shoulder, and some don't. There is a very large wind farm on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. Some of the older units are being dismantled and new sections have been re-located further down the hi


Following in the footsteps of Irondad, I stop to take a photo of the local roadkill. I do not know what this is but may be a large lizard or Gecko

(it just needs a bike to complete the photo)

We finally make it to the end of the road and reach the southernmost point of the USA. The road ends at the top of a cliff with shear drops into the ocean. There is no development here, no signs to confirm your accomplishment of driving to the end of the world, and no Duval Street.


I will post a more comprehensive report after I return home. For now I am just including some sample images to keep you all satisfied.


Tonight we attended a celebration of our friend's 50th Wedding Anniversary so we had to take our sunset pictures at the Mauna Lani Resort which is 30 miles north of Kona. All (12) of us are from Vancouver and managed to make it here for this special dinner.




Notes: Of the 3 images above; the first was taken a bit before sunset and the 3rd was taken about 10 minutes after sunset to catch the afterglow. All were handheld using a Panasonic DMC-ZS3 Lumix


Almost forgot, my Pink Crocs also made it to the Southern Most point of the USA


Thank you for all of your previous comments during the week. I have not been able to respond to you all individually as this is my vacation and my netbook is acting up. I hope to be back to normal next week as I have to leave paradise on Saturday night, excuse the tears.


  1. Bobskoot,

    the pictures of the palm trees backlighted by the sunset are outstanding!

  2. Once again, awesome pics! The crocs' perch looks a bit precarious...glad they didn't go for a swim!

  3. Beautiful pictures!
    Glad you seem to be having a great time. I'm jealous. Also glad to see that you didn't lose one of your crocs.

  4. Beautiful sunset shots. I think I especially like the 3rd one after the sunset. Great colors...

    On the last picture, what are the wooden structures for?

    (BTW, the first comment seems to be spam)

  5. At least I'm an example for SOMETHING!

    Sorry about the collapsed building. When you got to sneeze, you got to sneeze.

  6. Hi Bob,

    Those pics of the sunset were just great...We are all really lucky a gust of wind didnt whisk those Crocs away!!



  7. You found another lovely sunset!

    Looks like some local must have gone swimming and left his / her pink crocks high and dry.

  8. Dear Bobskoot:

    You wreen't kidding when you said you were staying in a cheap hotel. That first picture clearing illustrates the lower end in accommodations. How is it that the palm trees in Hawaii seem to have so much more dignity than the ones in Key West?

    Fondest regards,
    Jac • reep • Toad
    Twisted Roads

  9. These pictures just go to show that picture taking is easy in the tropics. The last one rendered you invisible which I found disconcerting.
    While it may be true that Key West's southernmost point isn't as southerly as Hawaii's, did you know Hawaii consumes more Spam than any other US State? See, it ain't all beer and skittles on those volcanic lumps.
    And yes, I prefer my own palm trees thank you. Try getting to Kona by train from California.

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  11. Bob, what fantastic pictures, and I am glad you are enjoying your trip!

    Just in case you want to know, I think it's still raining in BC, and will be like that when you get back.