Our Big Island Adventure: Part VI

As sad as we were to say goodbye to the Volcanoes National Park, it was time to continue our 10 day journey around the island.   Once again, after driving less than 30 miles, the scenery began to change.  To this day, I am astounded by the idea of barren rock and devastation one minute and then lush green forests the next.   We were heading South, to the southern tip of the big island.  The first thing that caught my eye were the trees! Continue reading “Our Big Island Adventure: Part VI”

Our Big Island Adventure: Part V

Once again, we were up with the chickens and ready for a long day of exploration!  We started our day’s adventure exploring steam vents.  I have to admit, it was a bit of an odd feeling watching steam pour out of Mother Earth’s cracks and crevasses.  And by the way, that steam gave off some heat! Continue reading “Our Big Island Adventure: Part V”

Our Big Island Adventure: Part IV

After our long bike trip to view and explore the volcano, we were ready to see some green again! Exhausted and hungry, we checked into our home for the next three days: The Volcano House Lodge, located right in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The Volcano House Lodge was constructed in 1846.  It was rebuilt in 1941, after it burnt to the ground.  It represents decades of visitations to this culturally sacred site known as Ka’auea, on the edge of the Kilauea Crater.  The nightly glow of bubbling and spattering lava was just incredible! Continue reading “Our Big Island Adventure: Part IV”

Our Big Island Adventure: Part III

After exploring the haunted MacKenzie State Park, we were extremely content to continue on our way down Kaimu-Kapoho Rd.   We were very excited to head South, for we knew what was waiting for us at the end of this winding stretch of road…an active volcano! Before long, the road ended, due to past lava flows, in the small town of Kaimu.  This town was completely destroyed and buried, by an eruptive flow of lava, in 1990. It is known for its black sand beach, which has been restored since the flow.  Locals and visitors continue to bring sprouted coconuts to restore the lost trees.

From this point, we took the fork in the road, which led us to a large parking lot filled with bike rentals.  We were at the East entrance of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park …our adventure was about to become a bit heated, to say the least! Continue reading “Our Big Island Adventure: Part III”

Our Big Island Adventure: Part II

On day three, we were up with the chickens and ready for some exploration!  We said goodbye to Hilo and made our way south to the Puna District.   Our first stop was the Lava Tree State Park.  We almost missed it, for this little, wooden sign was the only marker at the entrance.

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Our Big Island Adventure: Part 1

​It has been almost 7 months since we returned from our 10 day adventure on the Big Island of Hawaii! I am still talking about it, thinking about it, and reliving it through the 1500+ photographs I took, while exploring this breathtaking island.  It was an adventure of a lifetime!  Continue reading “Our Big Island Adventure: Part 1”

A Little Heat!

  Danger! Weekly Photo Challenge

I am not a risk taker.  I prefer to keep my feet firmly planted on Mother Earth.  When I contemplate the Weekly Photo Challenge topic DANGER, two thoughts come to mind…

  • Pumpkin, our deadly barn cat
  • A live volcano, pouring hot lava into the ocean, on the Big Island of Hawaii

Although it is an extremely difficult decision, I think I will start with the lessor of the two evils: The Volcano! (Watch for an upcoming post about the killer cat!) Continue reading “A Little Heat!”

Lessons From a Sea Turtle

I have always had a passion for sea turtles!  Last October, while visiting the Big Island of Hawaii, I had the most amazing opportunity to view these stunning creatures, up close and personal, on the Punaluu black sand beach.  This breathtaking experience is one I will never forget.  Although my time with them lasted only a few hours, the lessons I learned from them will last an eternity.  We have so much to learn from these magical creatures…  We just have to stop and listen… Continue reading “Lessons From a Sea Turtle”

Learn to Ride the Waves…

A few weeks ago, I focused on what to do when life gives you lemons. Most of the time, I choose to make lemonade. But, what about those times when you can’t make lemonade and you don’t have the answers to solve the problem? Then what? These have been my questions over the past week. Yesterday, it came to me.   I was looking through photos, from our anniversary trip to the Big Island last October. There it was… My answer was picture perfect… Continue reading “Learn to Ride the Waves…”