Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hi Hawaii, it’s me again!

I went to the Big Island over the weekend. That’s right! A very quick 3 day weekend trip to Hawaii. How can a girl say no when its offered to her!? She can’t! That’s all there is to it, she just can’t.

It was one of the most amazing trips of. my. life!

I was up at 3am to make my 5am flight. The 5am face I mentioned? ..make that 4:45, when I took it.

I open mouthed slept on the plane for the first hour. I’m sure it was pretty. Followed by watching Pitch Perfect on my iPad and I have to say, if you haven’t seen that, you must see it now. Absolute hilarious movie.. minus the “snow angel” but downright hilarious.

I arrived in Kona with my escort (aka G-man) ready with the rental car to pick me up so we could drive the 2 1/2 hours to the other side of the island, Hilo. Kona was the only place where a rental car was available, and it was through a hotel that we later found out had over booked by at least 100 cars, thanks to corporate not closing the website down.

Thankfully G-man flew in 3 hours before me to get the rental car, which is when the worker informed him he was lucky he came so early in the morning to be able to get a car. I shudder at the thought of that poor guy’s afternoon explaining to many many tourists they didn’t have a rental.

A huge rain storm had swept in the night before and had gale force winds and heavy heavy rain the entire windy drive to the Hilo side. It had every intention of planting it’s big fatty storm self over our side of the island the entire 3 day weekend. Seeing the rough seas during landing and knowing it was staying, had me a little nervous for the next day.. {more on that later}

The drive was beautiful. Waterfalls were everywhere, everything was so lush and green. We decided to stop at Akaka Falls and were so glad we did. It was breathtakingly beautiful as we took the scenic walk around to the falls seeing streams and bamboo trees along the way.
And then we came upon the falls gushing!
He’s learning my camera. Even though I’m not in focus, I love his shot of the waterfalls.

Every waterfall on the Big Island is supplied 100% by rain. Seeing these falls is amazing to contemplate that. Yet the big fatty storm that plopped it’s butt down on us over the weekend, had us understanding how that was possible.

We had {another} 3am wakeup call the next morning, so we jumped back in the car and made our way to the most sketchy hotel we’ve ever stayed in..that just so happened to be the last hotel on that side of the island with available rooms. Where the beds consisted of 2 mattresses stacked on top of each other on the floor with crunchy sheets, dirt caked windows and walls as thin as paper. And the elevator that read floor “12” no matter what floor you were on or going.

It was different for us, but we made sure to only be there to sleep and nothing more. We accomplished that mission.

Tomorrow, (as long as I can narrow down my top 38 photos), I’ll be sharing the most amazing adventure I’ve ever been on, with you!! Where one moment was so surreal, G-man and I talk about it and aren’t even sure it really happened though it very much did!

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sandi said...

aw, come on now! why are you leaving us on a cliff hanger? and why only 38 photos when yours are so amazing!

The Heart Of A Woman said...

Those are some beautiful pictures. I feel like a am reading a great book and I can't wait for the next chapter!

TracyZLesh @ Then I Got To Thinking said...

Amazing... we leave for Maui soon and I am SO excited :)

Natalie said...

Gorgeous shots with the waterfall! I love it when you share about your trips and vacation spots =)

My-cliffnotes said...

Did what I think was going to happen happen?

Just say yes!

Lauren said...

Oh my goodness! Can't wait for tomorrow!!!


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