Drove pretty much all the way around the island and saw everything we could possibly see on the east side in one day.
The Imiloa Astronomy Center was fun, even though I couldn’t resist napping during the soothing, darkened 3-D star show:
The Volcanoes National Park was crazy cool, and not at all what we were expecting. It was lush, jungle-like, and full of surprises – like the steam vents all over the place that you could actually put your hands/bodies in. For some reason I was expecting acres and acres of black lava-covered devastation.
The girls had The Best time hiking around the park. The trails and trees and caves were just up their alley. We saw some folks hike down and across the crater – standing right on ripples of black lava – and next time we’ll bring supplies and make preparations for that adventure.
The black-sand beach, ahh, does anything even need to be said about that beauty?
Wow! Loved it all, but we are pooped, it took about 12 hours from door to door. Next time we’ll definitely stay a few nights on the other side of the island so we can take our time and really explore. Do you trek back and forth across the island or stay on the east- or south-side part (or all) of the time (and if so, where do you stay)?
PS: Making good headway on my next blog-comment-recommended book “While We Were Watching Downton Abbey” by Wendy Wax. Fun book! Couldn’t resist that title. I was sucked into the series Downton Abbey way late (pretty much the whole rest of the world had already seen it). Was *supposed* to watch it all with TubaDad, but just couldn’t wait and ended up marathoning through all available episodes. And now when oh when does the new season start, sometime in the new year?!