Thursday, March 5, 2020

February 21, 2020 Aloha Chicago, Aloha Hawaii

Our day started at 3:00am on a 12° Chicago morning. We caught an early morning flight to San Francisco. Then we flew to Kona and landed about 3:00pm on an 80° Hawaii island. 

We stopped several times while driving north along the west coast of the Big Island.
The sunlit grass growing on the lava flows looked beautiful to me. We had to stop at a resort to eat because there wasn't any towns that we drove by. We had a tasty meal at A-Bay's Island Grill in Waikoloa Beach Village.

We stopped at Hapuna Beach State Park to stretch our legs and walk on a beach.

Chrissy posing on the beach between the lava rocks.

I'm not going to lie. I wasn't thrilled about coming to Hawaii. I wanted to go to Alaska or Norway and see the Northern Lights. Chrissy wanted to go somewhere warm and she picked Hawaii. But as soon as I walked barefoot on this beach, I was glad to be here. 
The photographer in me loved the blue sky and great clouds over the water...

...and the sunlit lava and trees with the dark clouds inland.

We decided to continue driving north and stop again closer to sunset.

We couldn't find any easy access to a beach along Route 270 so we just pulled over...

...and watched the sun set.

Then we continued north bound.

We stopped again at Lapakahi State Historical Park because the sunset lingered beautifully.

It was here that we ran into a couple from Utah that has visited Hawaii several times. We really enjoyed talking to them as we watched the sun set.

This was the last picture I took before we said goodbye to them. Chrissy & I finally made it to Hawi where we are staying in a house on the old sugar plantation that used to be here. After we unloaded the Jeep, we just stood in the yard looking at the millions of stars in the sky. We've been up for almost 24 hours but the view was worth it.

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