The answer to my March Giveaway is: Mauna Kea Observatory located on the Big Island of Hawaii.
The Winner: Marie from Las Vegas. Marie is retired and has been following my blog from the very beginning (along with so many of you). I chose Marie because she used to live in Hawaii many years ago. She e-mails me occasionally, and last year, she sent me photos of the house in Hawaii where she used to live.
I think Marie will get a lot of use out of the gift which is a Cape Cod Doormat made from colorful and durable rope. Cape Cod Doormats of Distinction is a woman-owned business with a relatively small operation in Hyannis.
Click here to watch a local news story about how the doormats are made. Dawn, the owner, explains how she was “roped in” to the business. The doormats are available in a range of colors and sizes as well as custom doormats. They’re great for boats too! And easy to clean with a garden hose.
Each doormat has a 5-year warranty.
Photo Credit: Cape Cod Doormats of Distinction
And here’s some information about Mauna Kea.
The 13,796 ft (4,200 meter) high summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii houses the world’s largest observatory for optical, infrared, and submillimeter astronomy.
And, yes, it does snow on Hawaii’s Big Island. In December 2016, the road to Mauna Kea at the visitor station (9,200 feet) was shut down. Snow-capped peaks were visible from lower elevations.
A total of 11 different countries support the observatories. NASA Infrared Telescope is run by NASA (U.S. Government). Can you go inside? NO
If You Go: Stop at the visitor center first and get the current weather update and safety information. Visitors have to adjust to the change in altitude. Mauna Kea is one of the only places in the world where you can drive from sea level to 14,000 feet in about 2 hours. For some people, there is a strong possibility of altitude sickness.
Stargazing takes place at the visitor center each night from 6pm to 10pm. Visitors can actually see more stars at the Visitor Center than the summit; the lack of oxygen at the summit makes your vision less acute.
Stay tuned for my April geography-based gift giveaway question–open to all subscribed blog followers.
Thank you to all of you who sent countless emails in response to the blog giveaway. I enjoyed reading all your personal renovation stories (and other stories). I’m sorry I can’t respond to each one of you but do know that I read each and every email.