25 March 2010
So many good sights. Lots of pictures & a few videos (start HERE on the flickr).
Early morning (0730) showed us the dawn over the Big Island mountains. We headed towards the sun across the middle of the island to reach Volcanoes National Park. Steam vents everywhere and perfect overcast conditions to find some hot lava.
From there we go up the East coast through Hilo and into Waipi'o Valley. So many waterfalls all over this side of the island.
A great overview of the island. Funny & informative pilot (Koji) and great customer service (Paradise Helicopters).
23 March 2010
21 March 2010
20 March 2010
Hail Hail The Gangs All Here.
Ray, my inlaws (Ray's dad Del & his wife Mary across from him) and their friends (Deb, next to Del & Chris, next to Mary).
The traditional Kona Inn Mai Tais & Sashimi upon arrival to the Big Island.
19 March 2010
18 March 2010
17 March 2010
Kayaking, Hiking and Zipline, OH MY!
What a way to combine different activities into the day. Started with a drive to the harbor and lessons in paddling a kayak. Person in front paddles, person in back steers. Guess who was the boss. Apparently my paddling turns the boat to the right, but I say it was his oversteering. We still survived the 2 mile journey upriver (past the Menehune Fish Pond and the Indiana Jones rope swing from yesterday). Then we started the hike to another pond & rope swing (great video HERE and HERE).
Onward up to the valley for a ride to the "test your fear of heights" foot bridge and then the first zipline.
After lunch and the second zipline (side-by-side) we hiked back to the river for the ride back to the harbor and the end of a long adventure. Time to relax & enjoy the sunset.
Pictures and videos on the flickr, start HERE.
16 March 2010
Some pictures from our muddy trip.
Jumping into the water on the rope swing used by Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark when he escaped the natives to the plane in the river.
More pictures on flickr.
15 March 2010
It's been 4 years since my husband & I have taken a true vacation together. Work (i.e. military deployments) kept getting in the way of our traditional trip to Hawaii with my in-laws. This year we made it!
Love that the plane's window shades were dolphins - it has to be a really good sign.
Yes, it was a lovely flight. A nice mimosa before the plane leaves the ground made the 1 hour delay bearable. Being with my husband made it heavenly.