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Haleakala Crater by Robby-Robert Haleakala Crater by Robby-Robert
Me standing in the crater of Mount Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii.
Approx. 2600 feet deep. Not bad, but everyone had sore hips from the hike back up. Must have been the weird soft sandy material we were walking in.
Great hike, but next time, I go further!
Shot by my brother-in-law, Paul.


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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
You need to go see the Keck Observatory. :D
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Robby-Robert Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
I would love to, except I have never been to the big island. Maybe the next visit? Hopefully. 
Years ago, in the Vancouver Planetarium, there was a large exhibit of soviet era space vehicles, and some other things. One of which, were small vials of glass powder, ground from the Hawaii telescope, I'm not sure which. I think it was called the "canada france hawaii" telescope. They were giving them away, so I grabbed one, and to this day, I still have it. One day, I will see the actual telescope it came from.
I know many of the things I want to do, I may never achieve, because of age. I have a selfish desire for human longevity to be drastically increased. I realize the issues that come from a population that dies off much slower, but we already have the problem of overpopulation, and aren't doing anything about it. I believe, as a conceit, that humans NEED to live much longer, or we will be stuck as adolescent primates, acting out, destroying our world, unless we develop a longer term view. The argument has been made, that people like George Bush would never die, but the alternate is definitely true, that there are always more monkeys to replace them, and the one hope is that even the worst among us could become a better human.
WOW, definitely an off topic rant! Wooh! Need to lay off the massive amounts of tea I drink!
Thanks
Robert.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
On the one hand, I feel young and wish to live forever. But on the other, most of my bucket list is complete. In general, 80 years is long enough for most folks. I do want to age gracefully without losing my dignity or becoming a burden on those around me.

I think it is awesome that you have a vial of mirror shavings fro the Keck. It must be a profound thing to hold that in your fingers and know what it represents.

As to humans being civilized enough to deal with longevity, I think we need to stop being savages first. Perhaps one day we will realize that money does not make the world go round and love is all we really need. We have a long way to go in order to become galactic citizens.

You should always have scones with your tea, Mate. Aye.
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Robby-Robert Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Wow, I'm drinking tea as I read this! (don't have any scones, alas)
I don't think we will become more civilized at all, in general, until something about our lives changes, and my conceit is that we need to live longer to achieve that. 
I have a LOT of things left to do, and one is being around when we finally, officially meet aliens.
One of the others is to create a model city, with a new approach to society, sustainability, and the future.
Way too much to get to in the next decade or two, and yeah, no diapers for me. 
Robert.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
A society not based on mutual love and trust is doomed to failure. You would think that as intelligent critters we would remember enough history not to repeat our mistakes. But we are blind fools, rushing into the next big trend created by people who have nothing better to do than control others with their money and the positions of power it creates. As long as we act like that, it is unlikely that any alien species with our best interests in mind will ever contact us. I am thinking more of the aliens who would herd us as a possible food or DNA source. We are sheeple. That is the way advanced races see us. We are a virus out of control, infecting a beautiful world. The aliens surely have us quarentined, and that is putting it mildly...

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master-ninjabear Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Not what you expect to see---good to get away from the tourist traps.
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Robby-Robert Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Honestly, it looked a lot like pics of Mars, except for the occasional shrubs.
Neat place!
Thanks
Robert.
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master-ninjabear Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That was my first thought, of some strange alien world.
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