We're back home and I'm working my way through a huge pile of laundry while trying to stay awake and figure out what to eat for dinner.
I'll sleep well tonight, the travel home last night/this morning was exhausting!
We've been to Hawaii (Maui) before, but this was our first trip to the Big Island. It's definately big!! I learned that it's bigger than all the other Hawaiin Islands put together. It's quite amazing; it's almost like a little mini continent will a very diverse terrain: rainforests, a snow capped mountain, sunny beaches, lava rock coasts, etc. If you've ever considered going there for a visit, do it!!
I never got tired of the beautiful sunsets. I can still imagine sipping a pina colada and watching the sun go down. Ahhhhhh.
Husband, Son, and Daughter liked Hapuna Beach best, so much that we went back for a second visit. The beach has a very fine white sand and decent waves for body surfing.
Another favorite from the trip was Waipio valley. Husband and Son hiked all they way down (1000ft) into it, Daughter and I only went halfway. I managed to tweak my knee coming back up and had to take it easy on stairs for a few days and skipped my Friday run. Bummer.
While we were there, there was some excitement with the volcano. Kilauea had an explosive eruption for the first time since 1924 and afterwards started sending up ash instead of just gas/steam. Daughter and I got a fairly good look at it as we were flying in. We didn't make the drive to visit the volcano (much of the drive and overlook was closed off due to damage from the eruption) but I've been following along daily at the HVO website. Pretty cool.
This last photo is Mauna Kea with snow on it (north part of the island). We had a really clear view of it one day; other days, couldn't see it at all.