A Travellerspoint blog

June 2021

Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh was disappointment

Self-portrait, 1943 (at age 15); Warhol's parents were emigrants from what is today NE Slovakia and settled in Pittsburgh where his father worked in the coal mines

Self-portrait, 1943 (at age 15); Warhol's parents were emigrants from what is today NE Slovakia and settled in Pittsburgh where his father worked in the coal mines

After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon, Warhol moved to NYC where his first commission was to draw shoes for Glamour magazine; his use of tracing paper and ink allowed him to repeat the basic image and create endless variations on the theme

After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon, Warhol moved to NYC where his first commission was to draw shoes for Glamour magazine; his use of tracing paper and ink allowed him to repeat the basic image and create endless variations on the theme

The Warhola (Andy changed his name later) family in front of their Pittsburgh home, 1946, with Andy in the center; Andy was the youngest child with his father dying when Andy was in high school

The Warhola (Andy changed his name later) family in front of their Pittsburgh home, 1946, with Andy in the center; Andy was the youngest child with his father dying when Andy was in high school

In the 1950s, Warhol created display windows for the Bonwit Teller department store; this was in an era where established artists, like Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, also worked for Bonwit Teller

In the 1950s, Warhol created display windows for the Bonwit Teller department store; this was in an era where established artists, like Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, also worked for Bonwit Teller

Warhol's high school graduation photo doesn't hint at the wild times ahead; the museum showed several of the films Warhol created and I couldn't figure them out

Warhol's high school graduation photo doesn't hint at the wild times ahead; the museum showed several of the films Warhol created and I couldn't figure them out

Telephone, 1962; Warhol loved to talk on the phone and chose an antique phone for this work because he felt it was more iconic than the square rotary dial models of the 1960s

Telephone, 1962; Warhol loved to talk on the phone and chose an antique phone for this work because he felt it was more iconic than the square rotary dial models of the 1960s

Elvis 11 times, 1963; Warhol created these paintings using a publicity still for the 1960 film Flaming Star; the painting uses overlapping and blurred images to suggest the repetition of a film's frames

Elvis 11 times, 1963; Warhol created these paintings using a publicity still for the 1960 film Flaming Star; the painting uses overlapping and blurred images to suggest the repetition of a film's frames

Marlon, 1966; in June 1968, a radical feminist that Warhol knew shot him 3 times and he barely survived; Warhol suffered physical effects for the rest of his life, including being required to wear a surgical corset

Marlon, 1966; in June 1968, a radical feminist that Warhol knew shot him 3 times and he barely survived; Warhol suffered physical effects for the rest of his life, including being required to wear a surgical corset

Campbell's Soup II, 1969; Warhol watched lots of television and was fascinated by the mass marketing of products to consumers seemingly ready to buy anything

Campbell's Soup II, 1969; Warhol watched lots of television and was fascinated by the mass marketing of products to consumers seemingly ready to buy anything

Vitas Gerulaitis, 1977; the tennis player frequently visited Studio 54 (as did Warhol) where he was known as the ultimate playboy; Vitas died in 1994 from carbon monoxide poisoning

Vitas Gerulaitis, 1977; the tennis player frequently visited Studio 54 (as did Warhol) where he was known as the ultimate playboy; Vitas died in 1994 from carbon monoxide poisoning

Judy Garland, 1979; these portraits were commissioned by Liza Minnelli who was a close friend of Warhol's; Garland's memorial service was one of the only funerals Warhol ever attended

Judy Garland, 1979; these portraits were commissioned by Liza Minnelli who was a close friend of Warhol's; Garland's memorial service was one of the only funerals Warhol ever attended

In 1980, Warhol briefly met Pope John Paul II; wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall to hear the discussion between the Pope and a gay man with a reputation for drugs and partying

In 1980, Warhol briefly met Pope John Paul II; wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall to hear the discussion between the Pope and a gay man with a reputation for drugs and partying

Warhol received so many invitations that he maintained this book to keep track of his social calendar (this is only evening events for 1982!);  the Warhol Museum is the largest museum in North America dedicated to a single artist

Warhol received so many invitations that he maintained this book to keep track of his social calendar (this is only evening events for 1982!); the Warhol Museum is the largest museum in North America dedicated to a single artist

Aretha Franklin, 1986; Warhol's signature unruly, gray hair was actually a wig; he began wearing a wig in the mid-1950s with the colors changing over time

Aretha Franklin, 1986; Warhol's signature unruly, gray hair was actually a wig; he began wearing a wig in the mid-1950s with the colors changing over time

Warhol was only 58 when he died following complications from gall bladder surgery; his will dictated that all proceeds from his death go to a foundation dedicated to the advancement of the visual arts (hence the museum)

Warhol was only 58 when he died following complications from gall bladder surgery; his will dictated that all proceeds from his death go to a foundation dedicated to the advancement of the visual arts (hence the museum)

The entire building is dedicated to everything Andy Warhol; much of the museum is focused on his early years with special exhibits on the women who influenced his art

The entire building is dedicated to everything Andy Warhol; much of the museum is focused on his early years with special exhibits on the women who influenced his art

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Ellis Island stark contrast to welcome immigrants get today

Ellis Island was once the busiest immigrant inspection station in the United States; from 1892 to 1924, nearly 12 million immigrants arriving at the Port of New York and New Jersey were processed here

Ellis Island was once the busiest immigrant inspection station in the United States; from 1892 to 1924, nearly 12 million immigrants arriving at the Port of New York and New Jersey were processed here

An estimated 20 million immigrants were processed at Ellis Island before its closure; according to an estimate by The History Channel, about 40% of the population of the US can trace their ancestry to immigrants who arrived in America at Ellis Island

An estimated 20 million immigrants were processed at Ellis Island before its closure; according to an estimate by The History Channel, about 40% of the population of the US can trace their ancestry to immigrants who arrived in America at Ellis Island

Nearly every day, for two decades (1900-1924), the Registry Room was filled with new arrivals waiting to be inspected and registered by immigration officers

Nearly every day, for two decades (1900-1924), the Registry Room was filled with new arrivals waiting to be inspected and registered by immigration officers

There were many poignant stories of the immigrants who passed through Ellis Island; this Armenian family escaped violence in Turkey in 1915 by sailing to the US and ultimately settling in Philadelphia

There were many poignant stories of the immigrants who passed through Ellis Island; this Armenian family escaped violence in Turkey in 1915 by sailing to the US and ultimately settling in Philadelphia

The National Origins Formula was established in the 1920s to preserve American homogeneity by promoting immigration from NW Europe; in 1965 LBJ eliminated the de facto discrimination against non-NW Europeans, Asians, as well as other ethnic groups

The National Origins Formula was established in the 1920s to preserve American homogeneity by promoting immigration from NW Europe; in 1965 LBJ eliminated the de facto discrimination against non-NW Europeans, Asians, as well as other ethnic groups

1984 view of Ellis Island and the World Trade Center; today Ellis Island is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and is accessible to the public only by ferry ($23.50)

1984 view of Ellis Island and the World Trade Center; today Ellis Island is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and is accessible to the public only by ferry ($23.50)

With the 1921 Emergency Quota Act, the number of immigrants allowed into the US declined greatly; following the Immigration Act of 1924, strict quotas were enacted and Ellis Island became an immigrant-detention center for those to be detained or deported

With the 1921 Emergency Quota Act, the number of immigrants allowed into the US declined greatly; following the Immigration Act of 1924, strict quotas were enacted and Ellis Island became an immigrant-detention center for those to be detained or deported

Only 2% of arriving immigrants were denied entry; the main reasons for exclusion were the diagnosis of a contagious disease, or a legal inspector was concerned an immigrant would become a public charge or illegal contract laborer

Only 2% of arriving immigrants were denied entry; the main reasons for exclusion were the diagnosis of a contagious disease, or a legal inspector was concerned an immigrant would become a public charge or illegal contract laborer

It costs $65 to research genealogy records at Ellis Island but you can search the database (https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/) for free online

It costs $65 to research genealogy records at Ellis Island but you can search the database (https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/) for free online

Most of the museum was static requiring lots of reading (like here about the Korean community in Houston); famous names to pass through Ellis Island include Bob Hope, Houdini, Hitchcock, Irving Berlin and Einstein

Most of the museum was static requiring lots of reading (like here about the Korean community in Houston); famous names to pass through Ellis Island include Bob Hope, Houdini, Hitchcock, Irving Berlin and Einstein

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Baltimore Museum of Art - excellent collection and free!

The Baltimore Museum of Art was founded in 1914 and is adjacent to the campus of Johns Hopkins; admission is free although during Covid timed tickets are required and were sold out every day of my visit

The Baltimore Museum of Art was founded in 1914 and is adjacent to the campus of Johns Hopkins; admission is free although during Covid timed tickets are required and were sold out every day of my visit

There are 24 pavements from the Antioch (formerly Syria, now present-day Turkey) mosaics, these are from the 2nd century AD; in an excellent museum, I found these ancient works the most impressive

There are 24 pavements from the Antioch (formerly Syria, now present-day Turkey) mosaics, these are from the 2nd century AD; in an excellent museum, I found these ancient works the most impressive

Purple Robe and Anemones, Henri Matisse, 1937; the museum has the largest collection of Matisse works in the country (1000 ) as well as one of the nation's finest holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs

Purple Robe and Anemones, Henri Matisse, 1937; the museum has the largest collection of Matisse works in the country (1000+) as well as one of the nation's finest holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs

Mother and Child, Pablo Picasso, 1922; a wonderful work from the artist's Neoclassical period with Picasso's wife and son serving as models

Mother and Child, Pablo Picasso, 1922; a wonderful work from the artist's Neoclassical period with Picasso's wife and son serving as models

Cup of Silver Ginger, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1939; marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, all twenty-two exhibitions in 2020 focused on women artists

Cup of Silver Ginger, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1939; marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, all twenty-two exhibitions in 2020 focused on women artists

Pair of Covered Tea Cannisters, 1725; Dutch artists were imitating Asian ceramics which were very popular in Europe at the time; the Dutch essentially reverse engineered the Asian pieces

Pair of Covered Tea Cannisters, 1725; Dutch artists were imitating Asian ceramics which were very popular in Europe at the time; the Dutch essentially reverse engineered the Asian pieces

The BMA silver collection began in 1933 with a gift of 200 pieces from the great-niece of Johns Hopkins; today there are several galleries devoted to fine 18th, 19th and 20th century silver

The BMA silver collection began in 1933 with a gift of 200 pieces from the great-niece of Johns Hopkins; today there are several galleries devoted to fine 18th, 19th and 20th century silver

Housetop, Lucy Pettway, 1970; in 1965 quilters from Gee's Bend, Alabama were tear-gassed and arrested while demonstrating their right to vote; afterwards they formed the Freedom Quilting Bee which has achieved worldwide fame

Housetop, Lucy Pettway, 1970; in 1965 quilters from Gee's Bend, Alabama were tear-gassed and arrested while demonstrating their right to vote; afterwards they formed the Freedom Quilting Bee which has achieved worldwide fame

Washerwomen, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, c. 1888; in 2012, Paysage Bords de Seine, a Renoir stolen from the museum, resurfaced after being lost for 63 years sparking a lengthy legal battle over ownership

Washerwomen, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, c. 1888; in 2012, Paysage Bords de Seine, a Renoir stolen from the museum, resurfaced after being lost for 63 years sparking a lengthy legal battle over ownership

The Antioch mosaics illustrate how the classical art of Greece and Rome evolved into the art of the early Christian era, and tell the story of how people lived in this ancient city prior to its destruction by earthquakes in 526 and 528 AD

The Antioch mosaics illustrate how the classical art of Greece and Rome evolved into the art of the early Christian era, and tell the story of how people lived in this ancient city prior to its destruction by earthquakes in 526 and 528 AD

Moon Dust, Spencer Finch, 2009; 417 LED lightbulbs mimic the patterns of molecules in moon dust; the heavier the element, the larger the bulb with the bulbs set at precise intervals

Moon Dust, Spencer Finch, 2009; 417 LED lightbulbs mimic the patterns of molecules in moon dust; the heavier the element, the larger the bulb with the bulbs set at precise intervals

Quay at Clichy, Paul Signac, 1887; the BMA's holdings of American decorative arts include an extensive furniture collection that represents the major historic cabinetmaking centers of Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston

Quay at Clichy, Paul Signac, 1887; the BMA's holdings of American decorative arts include an extensive furniture collection that represents the major historic cabinetmaking centers of Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston

Unraveling, Sonya Clark, 2015; in pre-Covid times the artist asked visitors to continue unraveling the flag as a metaphor for unraveling racial dynamics in the country

Unraveling, Sonya Clark, 2015; in pre-Covid times the artist asked visitors to continue unraveling the flag as a metaphor for unraveling racial dynamics in the country

Dancer at Pigalles, Gino Severini, 1912; I had never heard of this Futurist painter before but was drawn to this work; I thought he captured the essence of movement by a dancer quite artistically

Dancer at Pigalles, Gino Severini, 1912; I had never heard of this Futurist painter before but was drawn to this work; I thought he captured the essence of movement by a dancer quite artistically

Delusions of Grandeur, Rene Magrite, 1967; this bronze, similar to Russian matryoshka dolls, was completed late in the artist's life (he is best known for his Surrealist paintings)

Delusions of Grandeur, Rene Magrite, 1967; this bronze, similar to Russian matryoshka dolls, was completed late in the artist's life (he is best known for his Surrealist paintings)

Portrait of a Gentleman, Titian, 1561; a famous art critic of the Renaissance commented that there was almost no famous lord, nor prince, nor great woman, who was not painted by Titian

Portrait of a Gentleman, Titian, 1561; a famous art critic of the Renaissance commented that there was almost no famous lord, nor prince, nor great woman, who was not painted by Titian

Still Life with Grapes, Fruits and Flowers, Jan van Os, 1780; I was struck by the realistic portrayal here where the brush strokes were virtually undetectable

Still Life with Grapes, Fruits and Flowers, Jan van Os, 1780; I was struck by the realistic portrayal here where the brush strokes were virtually undetectable

The Young Draftsman, unknown artist, around 1775; I thought this painting was exceptional; what would the artist think if he knew his painting was in a famous museum today

The Young Draftsman, unknown artist, around 1775; I thought this painting was exceptional; what would the artist think if he knew his painting was in a famous museum today

Don Antonio Raimundo Ibanez, Francisco Jose de Goya, 1808; the artist recorded the foibles of the corrupt court of King Charles IV of Spain; Ibanez was assassinated not long after this portrait was made

Don Antonio Raimundo Ibanez, Francisco Jose de Goya, 1808; the artist recorded the foibles of the corrupt court of King Charles IV of Spain; Ibanez was assassinated not long after this portrait was made

100 Yard Dash, Alexander Calder, 1969; the adjacent sculpture garden was in a nice park-like setting but I found most of the pieces pretty boring

100 Yard Dash, Alexander Calder, 1969; the adjacent sculpture garden was in a nice park-like setting but I found most of the pieces pretty boring

Titus, the Artist's Son, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1660; the museum was turning away lots of visitors that arrived without realizing that a timed ticket was required

Titus, the Artist's Son, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1660; the museum was turning away lots of visitors that arrived without realizing that a timed ticket was required

The Interior of the Old Church at Delft, Hendrick van Vliet, 1658; the Old Church in Delft still looks just like this so it brought back memories of my visit a few years ago

The Interior of the Old Church at Delft, Hendrick van Vliet, 1658; the Old Church in Delft still looks just like this so it brought back memories of my visit a few years ago

Jacob Epstein, Sir William Orpen, 1927; Epstein was a Lithuanian immigrant who arrived in Baltimore in 1879 and became a successful businessman and art collector who bequeathed his collection to the museum

Jacob Epstein, Sir William Orpen, 1927; Epstein was a Lithuanian immigrant who arrived in Baltimore in 1879 and became a successful businessman and art collector who bequeathed his collection to the museum

The Striding Lion, Antioch Mosaics, 5th century; the original mosaic was divided into 86 sections in a room 28 ft long by 14 ft wide; the BMA assisted in excavating the mosaics between 1929 and 1939

The Striding Lion, Antioch Mosaics, 5th century; the original mosaic was divided into 86 sections in a room 28 ft long by 14 ft wide; the BMA assisted in excavating the mosaics between 1929 and 1939

Mrs. Charles Tudway, Thomas Gainsborough, 1765; the sitter was the wife of a member of the British Parliament with Gainsborough painting her at her home in Bath

Mrs. Charles Tudway, Thomas Gainsborough, 1765; the sitter was the wife of a member of the British Parliament with Gainsborough painting her at her home in Bath

Dorothea Berck, Wife of Joseph Coymans, Frans Hals, 1644; Hals was one of the most successful portrait painters of his day but I wonder why the subject is only wearing one glove

Dorothea Berck, Wife of Joseph Coymans, Frans Hals, 1644; Hals was one of the most successful portrait painters of his day but I wonder why the subject is only wearing one glove

The BMA silver collection (1500 ) encompasses objects by leading 18th- and early 19th-century silversmiths in Annapolis and Baltimore, as well as examples of early English silver owned by Maryland families during the Federal era

The BMA silver collection (1500+) encompasses objects by leading 18th- and early 19th-century silversmiths in Annapolis and Baltimore, as well as examples of early English silver owned by Maryland families during the Federal era

Water Birds, Jackson Pollock, 1943; the BMA has a long record of collecting works by African American artists that began in 1939 with one of the first exhibitions of African American art in the country

Water Birds, Jackson Pollock, 1943; the BMA has a long record of collecting works by African American artists that began in 1939 with one of the first exhibitions of African American art in the country

Child with Hoop, Pierre-Auguste Renior, c. 1875; the museum has several works of art from the Baltimore area, including portraiture by Charles Willson Peale, Rembrandt Peale, and other members of the Peale family

Child with Hoop, Pierre-Auguste Renior, c. 1875; the museum has several works of art from the Baltimore area, including portraiture by Charles Willson Peale, Rembrandt Peale, and other members of the Peale family

Is it You?; Katharina Grosse; 2020; have you ever realized that hemorrhoid ointment and toothpaste are in similar looking tubes?; just ponder the problems this could cause!

Is it You?; Katharina Grosse; 2020; have you ever realized that hemorrhoid ointment and toothpaste are in similar looking tubes?; just ponder the problems this could cause!

Emilia Pia da Montefeltro, Raphael, 1504; the bright, witty Emilia lived at Italy's sophisticated Court of Urbino but had recently become a widow

Emilia Pia da Montefeltro, Raphael, 1504; the bright, witty Emilia lived at Italy's sophisticated Court of Urbino but had recently become a widow

Baltimore Court House, 1830; this English plates depicts the 1809 courthouse that today looks more like a state capitol; several galleries, including period rooms from early Maryland homes, were still closed due to Covid

Baltimore Court House, 1830; this English plates depicts the 1809 courthouse that today looks more like a state capitol; several galleries, including period rooms from early Maryland homes, were still closed due to Covid

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A stroll through Greensboro's Tanger Bicentennial Gardens

The Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden was created in 1976 to recognize and honor the 200th anniversary of the United States; the 7.5 acre site was previously overgrown floodplain

The Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden was created in 1976 to recognize and honor the 200th anniversary of the United States; the 7.5 acre site was previously overgrown floodplain

I was super excited to see this hoot owl (barred owl) that looked just like a feather duster; I watched him for several minutes as his head would swivel left and right before he flew off

I was super excited to see this hoot owl (barred owl) that looked just like a feather duster; I watched him for several minutes as his head would swivel left and right before he flew off

Constructed in 2017, the Old Mill is reminiscent of a mill that David Caldwell operated on this site in the 1780's; it has a free-standing water wheel that works in conjunction with a re-circulating stream

Constructed in 2017, the Old Mill is reminiscent of a mill that David Caldwell operated on this site in the 1780's; it has a free-standing water wheel that works in conjunction with a re-circulating stream

The gardens are named after the Tanger family whose Greensboro company owns 32 shopping centers, mostly outlet malls, including locations in Texas City, Myrtle Beach and San Marcos

The gardens are named after the Tanger family whose Greensboro company owns 32 shopping centers, mostly outlet malls, including locations in Texas City, Myrtle Beach and San Marcos

The Alexander Mangum Memorial Garden features two benches, three sets of wind chimes, and a stone floor, bordered by large boulders and plantings; the garden is a popular venue for weddings

The Alexander Mangum Memorial Garden features two benches, three sets of wind chimes, and a stone floor, bordered by large boulders and plantings; the garden is a popular venue for weddings

The sculpture, The Student, is symbolic of a student who would have attended David Caldwell Log College on the adjacent property during the late 18th and early 19th centuries; Caldwell was an influential founder of Greensboro who died in 1824 at 99

The sculpture, The Student, is symbolic of a student who would have attended David Caldwell Log College on the adjacent property during the late 18th and early 19th centuries; Caldwell was an influential founder of Greensboro who died in 1824 at 99

I was elated to watch this busy little beaver working on his home; I wonder how they spend their time once their home is completed; it's great to see wildlife in the middle of the city

I was elated to watch this busy little beaver working on his home; I wonder how they spend their time once their home is completed; it's great to see wildlife in the middle of the city

The non-profit Greensboro Beautiful raises funds for the Gardens and, through a unique partnership with the City of Greensboro, staff is provided to implement new projects and manage upkeep

The non-profit Greensboro Beautiful raises funds for the Gardens and, through a unique partnership with the City of Greensboro, staff is provided to implement new projects and manage upkeep

The Lilllian Livingston Daylily Garden boasts hundreds of varieties of daylilies; despite the common name, daylilies are not in fact lilies at all

The Lilllian Livingston Daylily Garden boasts hundreds of varieties of daylilies; despite the common name, daylilies are not in fact lilies at all

This great blue heron is stalking his lunch in Benjamin Lake which is part of the Greensboro Bog Garden; these 7 acres of natural wetlands are adjacent to the premier shopping area in town with stores like Apple, REI and Whole Foods

This great blue heron is stalking his lunch in Benjamin Lake which is part of the Greensboro Bog Garden; these 7 acres of natural wetlands are adjacent to the premier shopping area in town with stores like Apple, REI and Whole Foods

Music Stand and Bench by Jim Gallucci was my favorite sculpture in the garden; I loved the idea of a young musician sitting here to practice while entertaining visitors

Music Stand and Bench by Jim Gallucci was my favorite sculpture in the garden; I loved the idea of a young musician sitting here to practice while entertaining visitors

The flowering dogwood lets North Carolinians known when spring has officially arrived; lawmakers named the dogwood as the state flower in 1941 and made the pine the state tree in 1963

The flowering dogwood lets North Carolinians known when spring has officially arrived; lawmakers named the dogwood as the state flower in 1941 and made the pine the state tree in 1963

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Kealakekua Bay - best snorkeling spot on Big Island

The Captain Cook Monument was erected in 1874 by Princess Likelike and marks the approximate location of Cook's death; the monument is unreachable by road but was worth the hour hike each way for great snorkeling

The Captain Cook Monument was erected in 1874 by Princess Likelike and marks the approximate location of Cook's death; the monument is unreachable by road but was worth the hour hike each way for great snorkeling

Peacock hind; despite dozens of boats, lots of people and a difficult to access location, Captain Cook is consistently rated the best snorkeling destination on the island

Peacock hind; despite dozens of boats, lots of people and a difficult to access location, Captain Cook is consistently rated the best snorkeling destination on the island

Achilles tang; settled more than 1000 yrs ago, Kealakekua Bay is now a marine life conservation district that supposedly is home to spinner dolphins although we didn't see them

Achilles tang; settled more than 1000 yrs ago, Kealakekua Bay is now a marine life conservation district that supposedly is home to spinner dolphins although we didn't see them

To minimize damage to the reef there is now a permit system in place if you want to kayak in the bay; it is probably easier to join one of the kayak excursions but your time would then be limited

To minimize damage to the reef there is now a permit system in place if you want to kayak in the bay; it is probably easier to join one of the kayak excursions but your time would then be limited

There were mongoose everywhere on the island (including quite a few dead in the road); if you left a backpack unguarded a mongoose would magically appear to inspect the contents

There were mongoose everywhere on the island (including quite a few dead in the road); if you left a backpack unguarded a mongoose would magically appear to inspect the contents

The adult male Pacific bird wrasse is blue and green (above) while females and juveniles are white and gray with a reddish snout; named for its bird-like snout, this wrasse feeds by plucking small crustaceans from between coral branches

The adult male Pacific bird wrasse is blue and green (above) while females and juveniles are white and gray with a reddish snout; named for its bird-like snout, this wrasse feeds by plucking small crustaceans from between coral branches

Captain Cook was the first documented European to arrive in Hawaii (Jan 17, 1779); Cook was attacked and killed Feb 14, 1779 during a dispute with the local Hawaiian chief over a stolen boat

Captain Cook was the first documented European to arrive in Hawaii (Jan 17, 1779); Cook was attacked and killed Feb 14, 1779 during a dispute with the local Hawaiian chief over a stolen boat

Yellow trumpetfish; Kealakekua Bay is located 12 miles south of Kona and is popularly referred to as Captain Cook (there's also a town above the bay called Captain Cook)

Yellow trumpetfish; Kealakekua Bay is located 12 miles south of Kona and is popularly referred to as Captain Cook (there's also a town above the bay called Captain Cook)

Pacific sailfin tang; it's a relatively easy 30 minute paddle across the bay if you want to kayak to the Captain Cook Monument and the most popular snorkel area

Pacific sailfin tang; it's a relatively easy 30 minute paddle across the bay if you want to kayak to the Captain Cook Monument and the most popular snorkel area

Yellowtail coris; this colorful fish is common in the shallow waters around Hawaii and can grow to 15 inches long; wrasses are very alert and typically would flee before I could get a good photo

Yellowtail coris; this colorful fish is common in the shallow waters around Hawaii and can grow to 15 inches long; wrasses are very alert and typically would flee before I could get a good photo

Ornate butterflyfish; it's a 2 mile hike each way to reach the best snorkeling area; you lose 1300 ft on the hike down to the bay but our walk up had cloud cover and wasn't bad at all

Ornate butterflyfish; it's a 2 mile hike each way to reach the best snorkeling area; you lose 1300 ft on the hike down to the bay but our walk up had cloud cover and wasn't bad at all

Scrawled filefish; Kealakekua Bay is one of the best places in Hawaii for snorkeling; fish are plentiful over a well-developed reef that slopes steeply from the shore into nearby deep water, making it easy to see different kinds of fish in a short time

Scrawled filefish; Kealakekua Bay is one of the best places in Hawaii for snorkeling; fish are plentiful over a well-developed reef that slopes steeply from the shore into nearby deep water, making it easy to see different kinds of fish in a short time

Yellow-billed cardinal; Lee saw a white-tipped reef shark here in shallow water; if you're not up to the hike or kayak to the bay, you can get on a boat tour from about $90

Yellow-billed cardinal; Lee saw a white-tipped reef shark here in shallow water; if you're not up to the hike or kayak to the bay, you can get on a boat tour from about $90

Hawaiian spotted boxfish; Captain Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making his three voyages to the Pacific; Cook's name has been memorialized worldwide including on the highest peak in NZ

Hawaiian spotted boxfish; Captain Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making his three voyages to the Pacific; Cook's name has been memorialized worldwide including on the highest peak in NZ

Fourspot butterflyfish; the county of Hawaii (same as the island of Hawaii) comprises 62.7% of the state's land area; it is the highest percentage by any county in the country

Fourspot butterflyfish; the county of Hawaii (same as the island of Hawaii) comprises 62.7% of the state's land area; it is the highest percentage by any county in the country

Juvenile yellowtail coris; the racial makeup of the island is 34.5% White, 29.2% from two or more races, 22.6% Asian, 12.4% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander and 0.7% African American; 11.8% of the population also identified as Hispanic

Juvenile yellowtail coris; the racial makeup of the island is 34.5% White, 29.2% from two or more races, 22.6% Asian, 12.4% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander and 0.7% African American; 11.8% of the population also identified as Hispanic

Black triggerfish; Captain James Cook is famous for his three voyages between 1768 and 1779 in the Pacific Ocean and to Australia in particular; he also had the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand

Black triggerfish; Captain James Cook is famous for his three voyages between 1768 and 1779 in the Pacific Ocean and to Australia in particular; he also had the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand

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