Desolate Shelter

It doesn’t get any more accommodating than this, folks!  This, and a 2-story outhouse (yes, really) are all that greet you when you make the brutal 4-mile hike to Ka’aha.  It isn’t much – it’s a three sided lean-to with dirt floors that is home to all manner of beasties that want to get out of the direct sun.   All the same, it’s a very welcome break from that same sun that tends to make the black volcanic rock pretty warm.

The view from that three-sided lean-to is spectacular!  When you look south out of the shelter, there is nothing between you and Antarctica.

That two-story outhouse?  It seems it’s pretty tough to make an hole into volcanic rock – so they had to build a tank sitting on the rock.  The second story was to ensure that you were on top of that tank.  It also made a pretty good midday shelter – complete with throne.

Vital Stats: Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon 17-40 f/4L @ 40mm  ISO 100, f/10, 1/40 sec.

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