I know this is a very detailed account of our trip, but I want to remember everything we did! And I had time to kill at the LA airport on our way home. :)
Part 1 is here
Part 1 is here
Wednesday: I went for my little run. I am on week 4 of the Couch to 5K program. Can I just say that I would be such a motivated runner if I lived in Hawaii? There's so much to see that you don't even realize you're running. Seth met me afterwards and we went to a small farmer's market in Waikoloa. Next we went to a swanky resort called Mauna Kea. We kind of snuck in and it was worth it!
|Poke tuna wraps and local beer at the resort|
|THIS is the beach we hung out on. I miss it even more now that I'm seeing this picture|
|That evening, we went to the Hilton to watch the sunset. Would you like to go to your room via train?|
|Hawaiian drinks while watching the sunset and whales. Side note, they were filming Duck Dynasty at this time. I've never seen the show, but a bearded man was getting a massage overlooking the ocean. Be on the lookout for that episode.|
|We came home and cooked our fresh tuna, served with rice, snow peas, and a salad. It was delicious!|
Thursday (Valentine's Day): We started a hike that was supposed to be 30-45 minutes. We read in a travel book that said you could hike further (like, see the second ridge/mountain....on the OTHER side of that). This is the Pololu Trail near Hawi (northern part of island).
This was the craziest, most fun hike I've ever done. I felt a sense of accomplishment afterwards. Then we got a yummy, tropical, much-needed smoothie in Hawi.
|How did this bench get on top of the mountain??|
We ventured a little further to and the trail was blocked off (appears that it used to zig zag down the mountain). The "new" route is a rope straight down the mountain. I was very apprehensive about this (Who put this rope here? Where does it go? We have no cell reception, what if something happens?), but we continued on.
|Seth said I look like a Navy Seal, and I agree. Ha!|
|Once we made it down, we walked through this bamboo forest|
|We made it down to the valley. It was breathtaking!|
|Then we had to climb back up the rope. Going up was actually easier than going down.|
|That night, we ate at Charley's Thai Cuisine. Seth will probably never be able to top this Valentine's Day. :)|