Do I look excited? Because I was really, really excited.
I won't bore you with all the details, but how about a quick day-to-day breakdown?
- We spent our first day roaming around old downtown Hilo, on the east side of the Big Island, and checking out a nearby black-sand beach.
- Days 2 and 4 were spent hiking around Hawaii Volcano National Park. Highlights include Kilauea Iki and Pu'u Huluhulu. Have I mentioned my husband is working on his PhD in geophysics? Well, he is, so this trip was a decent bit educational as well. Bonus!
- On the third day, we oohed and ahhed at Akaka Falls State Park and the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.
- Day 4 was concluded with a 2-hour, 4-mile hike over the very rough terrain of an old lava field in the rain and half in the dark. Then we spent an hour playing with lava (I've uploaded a few videos here, here, and here), followed by another 2-hour, 4-mile hike back in the dark. There was not a single muscle south of my ribs that wasn't sore the next day(s), but it was totally worth it.
- On the fifth day, we drove over to Kona on the west side of the island and settled into our second B&B for a few days of relaxation.
- On day 6, we ventured north of Kona to the most gorgeous beach you've ever seen, Hapuna Beach, and spent the morning getting sunburned.
- And on our final full day, we strolled around Historic Kailua Village, doing the more traditional touristy things.
And now, after another looong day of sitting on my butt on an airplane, I get to sleep in my own bed again. I have to admit though, I'd give up my Tempurpedic in a heartbeat to be back on the Island again.
For this and much, much more, check out my photo collection on Flickr.