Monday, August 13, 2012

Kickin' CF Butt - Big Island Style

I'm watching you CF!

So, we had a family vacation to the big island of Hawaii.  It was nice to go on vacation and actually have Russ with us.  We were there for about 4 days and boy we didn't miss a beat.  The minute we landed on Tuesday, we got in our rental, headed to Kilauea Military Camp, got into our cabin, and we were out the door to explore.  That evening we walked to the steam vents, and then hiked crater rim trail to Jagger Museum to watch the glow of Kilauea caldera at night.  Wednesday we explored the volcano park.   We stopped at the Thurston Lava Tube, Devastation Trail, pit craters, lava fields along the road, petroglyphs trail, scenic outlooks,  and the Holei Sea Arch.  After that we left and ate supper in Hilo.  Thursday we went to Kona to check it out and we had a parasailing excursion planned.  The three of us parasailed was so much fun experiencing it together.  After parasailing we ate lunch, changed into fall/winter clothes and headed for the Mauna Kea visitor center.  While we were there, we hiked up a on top of a very high hill, watched the sun set, took some beautiful pictures, drank hot chocolate, and stargazed.  Friday we hiked Kilauea Iki Crater (it was once a lava lake), drove south, ate lunch at the Southernmost restaurant (Hana Hou) in the USA, went to the Southernmost point in the USA (Ka Lae), and hit a black sand beach with some sea turtles. That night after we got back to the cabin, Russ made a fire and we had some more hot chocolate.  Saturday all we did was let Rach play at the playground across from our cabin and then we had to head to the airport.  Boo Hoo.  It was an amazing trip.  Rachel seriously kicked CF butt.  She/we hiked about 12 miles and she only missed one chest therapy treatment. 

Now, it's time to share the pics.   I must warn you.....there are a ton!

lunch at Ken's House of Pancakes

to the steam vents

Rachel in the steam

steam vents

Rachel with Halema'uma'u Crater smoking

Nene crossing.....those are unusual looking birds!

Halema'uma'a Crater

hiking crater rim to go view
the night glow of Halema'uma'a Crater

Russ and Rachel hiking

Halema'uma'a Crater glowing

yea....we were watching for cracks

crystallized sulfur at Sulfur Banks

lava of many

lava field with beautiful ocean view

at the Holei Sea Arch

heading out with the top down

parasailing in Kona

what a thrill

while we were up, we saw a pod of dolphins
and a manta ray

yea, they dipped us

back up dripping

lunch after parasailing
Russ and Rach playing a little rock, paper, scissors

and I'm drinking!

of course Rach found fake people
to take a pic with!

beautiful stained glass inside
 the first church of the islands
MoKuaiKaua (est. 1820)
we went in and said some prayers
and thanked God for all our blessings

we had to bundle up in winter wear;
up near Mauna Kea visitor center
watching the sunset atop a very big hill
quite a hike up...

Miss Rachel
trying to stay warm

view from the top of our sunset hike
up the hill
this was a hike across what
once was a lava lake

on the trail - hopping across a muddy spot

starting the journey across the lava lake

Russ and tired of waiting for me
....guess I was taking too many pics!

very interesting and a little unsettling
knowing we were standing on what
used to be a lake of hot lava

cracks everywhere

don't step on a crack or
 you'll fall in!

across the lava lake

Hana Hou
Southernmost restaurant in the USA

we are standing in the Southernmost point in the USA
Ka Lae, HI

there's the proof

on the way back to KMC
we stop at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
and had the pleasure to share the beach with these guys

the only beach time she had on our big island trip

yea....I know, I'm blessed to have him

I'm blessed to have her, too!

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