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Top 3 2013 Moments: Seeing snow on Mauna Kea

**Update: My Triptease on Mauna Kea was just awarded a place in the Editor’s Picks! Click the link to see it!

As 2013 starts to wind down — with only five more days left in the year — I wanted to take the time to remember some spectacular things that happened to me this year.

This year I got promoted, Jake and I celebrated our 1-year anniversary, my brother left for college…so many things happened! And it still went by like that.

The top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island. So much snow!

The top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island. So much snow!

I’ve also seen some incredible sights — one of them being the slopes of Mauna Kea on the Big Island — covered in snow. That’s right, we even have snow in Hawaii.

If there’s one word I would use to describe myself, I would use spontaneous. Maybe it’s not what I am all the time, but it’s a quality I love. And it’s what made this trip possible. In February, while working on the web team a the TV station I currently work at, we were reporting a record amount of snowfall on Mauna Kea.

A snowy slope as we drove up Mauna Kea.

A snowy slope as we drove up Mauna Kea.

The pictures we were receiving from viewers were phenomenal. Snowmen, snowboarding, there was a lot up there — enough to actually do stuff! So I called Jake while he was at work and I asked if he wanted to go home to see the snow (he’s from the Big Island).

So we booked our flight, packed our bags, and were off.

Jake freezing at the top of Mauna Kea in 25 degree weather.

Jake freezing at the top of Mauna Kea in 25 degree weather.

I remember stepping out of the car once we had parked at the top of the mountain. It was like a blast of cold overtook my body and I immediately wished I could hop back in the car. At the top it’s 25 degrees, and I’m guessing it got colder with windchill because it was windy.

Chillin in the snow after a snow ball fight!

Chillin in the snow after a snow ball fight!

Look! A snowman!

Look! A snowman!

Big Island snow is not like regular snow. It’s not fluffy, it’s more icy. But this did not stop us from playing in it. We did it all, snow ball fights, snow angels…even posed with some snow men we found along the road.

It was our first trip together. Sure the plane ride to the Big Island is less than an hour, but it was a trip nonetheless. It was also the first time I got to meet his family, who I’ve come to know better and better over this year through our visits.

It was a great experience…One I definitely won’t forget. It was an experience that made me realize that the place you live in is only boring if you sit on the couch and let time pass by. You have to go out and look for adventure.

You can see more photos from the trip here! Or to follow my series on the Top 3 Moments of 2013, click here!

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