Our Last Day ....... Aloha with a smile

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our last sunset..... and some darned cruise ship sat out right in the middle of it.

On Saturday night we drove Linda and Ray to the Airport for their return home to Medford.   We were sorry to see them go ...   Honestly, I don't know how we could have had a better time.   It was so relaxing and fun to see them for the week.   Ray and David talked about their work and Linda and I talked about family and our goats.....  and of course, we all mixed our talk too......  Linda and Ray are our idols and good friends so it was great having this time together.   

The next morning at 11 we had booked a flight around the island.....  We ate cereal for breakfast and arrived an hour and a half early for the flight.

Wonderful colors
   We sat in the waiting room and chatted while we waited.   When the hour arrived we were collected by the pilot and walked out to the runway.  The pilot was a great guy who quickly assigned seats and handed out headsets.   We tested the headsets and made sure they worked.   It came out it was first come first serve on the flight.... so we felt pleased at the seats we got.   Directly behind the pilot and forward of the wings.....   We had our cameras and we were ready to go!  David chose this particular event so he was especially happy......   The pilot explained the proceedures for crashes and what we would be seeing.   We were sooo excited when we headed down the runway.  It was the smallest plane I had ever been in.
The control panel....
  I couldn't believe that I could see the runway hurtling towards us then  the lift.... yikes....  Ok ... it was great and exciting but my first time where I could reach out and touch the pilot....   cool.

The flight was really amazing.  We took hundreds of pictures.   David's camera died but mine kept going.   Usually either one or the other of us had a view depending on the banking of the plane so we handed my camera back and forth.     We flew over the island and saw wonderful waterfalls,  forests, desert land (with cattle),  huge waterfalls shooting out into the ocean and we saw the crater of a live volcano.   The pilot was great.....  He flew back and forth and then would yell at the top of his lungs....... "lookit, lookit, lookit, lookit" and point to the lava .....  David got most of the action on the lava but that worked for me...   The flight was about an hour and a half.   It was really amazing and lots of fun....   

After the flight we did some shopping then went to the Hard Rock Cafe for our final meal and final sunset.   All good things must come to an end and this little vacation was no exception....   

mountaingirl says:
Wow, beautiful sunset pictures and cool experience on the flight! :-)
Posted on: Nov 16, 2009
bkretzer says:
Great blog! Sounds like quite the ride!
Posted on: May 08, 2009
jennjeff1 says:
Hi Sylvia and David! You should do a review on the company you booked with for this flight! Great story! ~Jeff (and Jenny)
Posted on: Jun 07, 2008
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our last sunset..... and some darn…
our last sunset..... and some dar…
Wonderful colors
Wonderful colors
The control panel....
The control panel....
Our last sunset
Our last sunset
Our last sunset It is interesting …
Our last sunset It is interesting…
tons of boats out there looking at…
tons of boats out there looking a…
going, Going, Gone...
going, Going, Gone...
beautiful...  aloha.... until next…
beautiful... aloha.... until nex…
Looking up at the palm trees we sa…
Looking up at the palm trees we s…
So beautiful..
So beautiful..
Fading and still dreamy
Fading and still dreamy
The sunset before it went into the…
The sunset before it went into th…
sooo pretty
sooo pretty
It was tough...... we only had the…
It was tough...... we only had th…
down into the clouds....
down into the clouds....
golden
golden
apricot to gold
apricot to gold
I love how the waves have the colo…
I love how the waves have the col…
drifting down....
drifting down....
golden & orange
golden & orange
David.... headset on and ready
David.... headset on and ready
sylvia....headset on and ready
sylvia....headset on and ready
looking down....
looking down....
developed coast lines
developed coast lines
Airplane: coastal shot
Airplane: coastal shot
airplane: neighborhoor
airplane: neighborhoor
An irrigation pond?
An irrigation pond?
lava flow with tree island
lava flow with tree "island"
coastal shot
coastal shot
coastal shot
coastal shot
coastal shot
coastal shot
Lava flow with little islands of t…
Lava flow with little islands of …
Lava with huge split....
Lava with huge split....
edge of lava
edge of lava
pilot
pilot
Edge of island with surf
Edge of island with surf
coastline
coastline
coastline... lava edge / no green
coastline... lava edge / no green
coastline
coastline
lava
lava
jungle
jungle
jungle mountains
jungle mountains
pastures with lava flow down the c…
pastures with lava flow down the …
macadamia orchards.
macadamia orchards.
Lava with islands of trees that we…
Lava with islands of trees that w…
shore line
shore line
Inside the crater... lava glow
Inside the crater... lava glow
inside the crater: lava glowing
inside the crater: lava glowing
Inside the crater... lava flow
Inside the crater... lava flow
Lava through the clouds
Lava through the clouds
lovely back roads
lovely back roads
Lava flow stopping just short of a…
Lava flow stopping just short of …
Clouds....
Clouds....
Clouds... do you see the dog??? (k…
Clouds... do you see the dog??? (…
clouds... with layers
clouds... with layers
cloud......clouds.
cloud......clouds.
shoreline
shoreline
shore line... see the shallows wit…
shore line... see the shallows wi…
shoreline
shoreline
there was a rainbow!
there was a rainbow!
Lava flow with crack and fissure
Lava flow with crack and fissure
vog..... volcano fog...
vog..... volcano fog...
inside the crater...  lava glow
inside the crater... lava glow
Lava flow...
Lava flow...
looking out the window....
looking out the window....
Amazing waterfalls
Amazing waterfalls
look at how long these falls are!
look at how long these falls are!
jungle waterfall
jungle waterfall
Waterfall and pool in deep jungle
Waterfall and pool in deep jungle
waterfall....
waterfall....
waterfall from jungle
waterfall from jungle
jungle waterfall into shoreline
jungle waterfall into shoreline
looking dooowwwnnnn
looking dooowwwnnnn
waterfall
waterfall
Cool....  Im sure it wouldnt hav…
Cool.... I'm sure it wouldn't ha…
Waterfall ... cutting through rock
Waterfall ... cutting through rock
shoreline with fenced pastures
shoreline with fenced pastures
waterfall into ocean
waterfall into ocean
settlement
settlement
waterfall into ocean
waterfall into ocean
neighborhood...
neighborhood...
lots of houses
lots of houses
pastureland
pastureland
houses with shoreline
houses with shoreline
Do you see any lemming?  (I know i…
Do you see any lemming? (I know …
jungle
jungle
dreamy clouds
dreamy clouds
clouds...
clouds...
clouds above pastureland
clouds above pastureland
cool clouds
cool clouds
clouds...
clouds...
airplane....
airplane....
clouds with pastures
clouds with pastures
lava flow in pasture
lava flow in pasture
older lava flow
older lava flow
Hawaii development
Hawaii development
Hawaii development
Hawaii development
cruise ships
cruise ships
development with million dollar ho…
development with million dollar h…
time share... we were in the far r…
time share... we were in the far …
Shore line through the clouds
Shore line through the clouds
Lava flow with Lots of Heat!
Lava flow with Lots of Heat!
Jungle view
Jungle view
cloud cover.... drat
cloud cover.... drat
beautiful clouds except we paid ho…
beautiful clouds except we paid h…
pasture land
pasture land
lava flow with green
lava flow with green
shoreline
shoreline
see the golf course with the condo…
see the golf course with the cond…
shoreline housing...
shoreline housing...
shore line
shore line
development along the shoreline
development along the shoreline
Looking at the runway....it was so…
Looking at the runway....it was s…
looking into the crater
looking into the crater
shows the waterfalls down the sid…
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photo by: sylviandavid