Volume 3 Number 1
HOUSTON ENSIGNS SCALE
The Houston mountain- climbing Ensigns,
Wightman and Smeja, let themselves
in for a beating during the
Hilo visit, in undertaking a combined
350 mile trip around the Island of
Hawaii and also climbing to the
13,825 foot summit of Mauna Kea, the
highest peak in the Hawaiian Islands.
Starting at 6 a. m. Friday, January
5th, with Mr. MacKinney of Hilo, in
the latter's car, they proceeded northward
along the coastal road then over
the tortuous, twisted dirt roads of
the Parker Ranch, up through the
cloud banks that cling to the mountain
around 6000 feet, past the tiny C. C. C.
camp and Humuula Sheep Station until
the road becomes too rough and
steep for the car. Six miles of hiking
brings the three climbers to a good
camp site at 9500 feet. Here they
build a three- sided shelter with a concave
stone reflector of lava blocks across
the open fourth side. The care
and work entailed in building the
shelter and fire reflector is well repaid
that night when a freezing wind
At midnight with reduced packs the
climb begins. It is disheartening to
put out the cheery fire, for the surrounding
landscape is desolate and
wind cutting. Overhead the stars
twinkle in frosty brillance, while far
below, an ocean of white clouds closes
upon the steep slopes. At first the
trail is well marked and easy to follow
with the powerful flashlights, but
as the terrain changes from cinder to
lava, the trail is lost. At three a. m.
in the lee of a huge lava block, a halt
is made and a tiny fire built from
dead shrubs. Slightly warmer, the
party spreads out, finds the trail and
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Pearl Harbor, T. H.
VISITORS FROM THE ARMY
At the invitation of Commander
Early we have aboard three members
of the U. S. Army's Chemical Warfare
Service. They are Captain E.
C. Maling, Staff Sgt. J. F. Leslie and
Corporal W. H. Williams.
Captain Maling and Staff Sgt. Leslie
are instructors in Chemical Warfare
and on invitation gave a few pointers
on the use of some equipment.
Our guests say they find everything
quite crowded but they seem to feel
we have all we need. Sometimes we
feel we have too much.
It is a fine thing for us to be able
to demonstrate our ship before members
of a fellow service and we feel
priveleged to have them aboard. Come
" The Play's the Thing l
The Bard of Avon had ( as the boys
say) " something" there. And he made
a good record in the show business in
his day. His stuff still pack ' em in
whether in Helena or Helsinki, for
people like shows and they'll put their
folding money on the line any day for
a belly laugh.
It has been proposed that the Houston
put on a show to amuse our fellow
sailors of the Hawdet Navy. It
takes time to get one up but what it
really takes is talent. Have we talin
the Houston? Have we men who,
in their High School days, trod the
merry boards of the thespian? Have
we material from which quartettes
are made? Have we at last a half
dozen good sports, with the nerve of
a traffic cop, who would be willing
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January 20, 1940.
HOUSTON VISITS BIG ISLE
For the first time this cruise, the
Houston visited Hilo, spending the
first week of the new year there. It
goes without saying that all hands appreciated
the opportunity to have a
look at the biggest of the " enchanted
islands", Hawaii itself. To judge the
territory by Honolulu, or even Oahu,
would be unfair, for Hawaii boasts
other and different charms to add to
the total sum.
On the " big island" we found many
of the beaty spots pictured in wellknown
travel folders. It is the home
of the famous Rainbow Falls, and the
great volcanos Mauna Loa and Mauna
Kea, and the rugged impressive little
Onamea Arch, framed in palms and
tropical undergrowth. Some fortunates
were even able to make the 350
mile circle of the island, and see the
beautiful Kona Coast of the opposite
Tho the Houston's visit was short,
she also fell heir to Hilo's hospitality
-- being provided with baseball, basketball,
softball, rifle and pistol competition
by various local teams.
Socially, Hilo entertained the officers
at a dance Saturday evening, and
Admiral Andrews furnished a grand
finale to the visit with a reception
aboard, Sunday afternoon, just before
departure. Hilo. the Houston's
looks forward to her next visit!
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Happy the wooing that's not long
adoing. Marry in haste, repent in
Where there's a will, there's a way.
You can lead a horse to water, but
you can't make him drink.