Day 2 on the Big Island - Horseback riding in Waimea and Green Sea Turtles at Kahalu'u Beach Park

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Paniolo Adventures in Waimea.

Woke up this morning to a fabulous breakfast of McDonalds (NOT).  OK, well it was McDonalds but it wasn't fantastic.  One thing about Hawaii that I like so much is that when you go to McDonalds in the morning, you can order rice with your breakfast as well as Portuguese sausage instead of that other stuff they serve.  Of course, it's not any healthier for you except for the rice instead of hash browns.

We drove about and hour and a half to Waimea on the northern end of the Big Island of Hawaii, passing a couple of really nice resorts.  The odd thing about this area is that you pass through several areas along the way where the lava flows of recent years (i.

A roadside "pit stop" in Waimea .
e., the last 100 years) are clearly visible from the surrounding vegetation.  You'll also see where people have taken the white rocks (limestone) that's often mixed with the lava and spelled out 'cute' little messages to each other or to passing motorists.  I find them rather distracting and tacky compared to the beautiful landscape that's in this area even though it's a little on the aird side instead of lush and tropical.

Arrived in Waimea mid morning to prepare for our horseback ride.  WOW!  What stuning beauty and so different from the coastal area of the island.  The climate was very similar to what you would see in Greece with tall, thin trees and lush green fields of grass.  This area has lots of cattle and horse farms so naturally there were lots of fields.  Once we arrived, we met our guide, covered some safety items and she matched each of us up with a horse based on skill (and our weight).  Good thing I only had 1 Egg McMuffin!  Still, I ended up getting the horse with the most attitude but he had a great name, Ali'i, which means 'Royalty' - both of which seemed appropriate for me.

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Paniolo Adventures in Waimea.
Paniolo Adventures in Waimea.
A roadside pit stop in Waimea .
A roadside "pit stop" in Waimea .
Horses in Waimea at Paniolo Advent…
Horses in Waimea at Paniolo Adven…
Paniolo Adventures in Waimea.  Tha…
Paniolo Adventures in Waimea. Th…
Gosh, forget the dogs name, but i…
Gosh, forget the dog's name, but …
Another pic of the dog.
Another pic of the dog.
Me waiting to get started. <sigh
Me waiting to get started.
Zeb getting ready to mount his rid…
Zeb getting ready to mount his ri…
And the mount is successful - but …
And the mount is successful - but…
Stevens horse taking a piss...
Steven's horse taking a piss...
This is NOT an ass-to-nose horseba…
This is NOT an ass-to-nose horseb…
All lined up.  Maui may be visible…
All lined up. Maui may be visibl…
Zeb making his way up the hill abo…
Zeb making his way up the hill ab…
A look back at the group.  We paus…
A look back at the group. We pau…
Swapping Alpha horses.  Our guide …
Swapping Alpha horses. Our guide…
The gang with our guide.
The gang with our guide.
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