Black Sand, Turtles and Volcanos....
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Again today we decided to go exploring. First we ate breakfast on the balcony and watched the waves below. We told Valerie about the eel comments in the book and the three of us sat and stared trying to see them… no luck. I saw a little fish in a tide pool and threw a piece of my poi English muffin down to him…
I started to walk past Valerie holding my camera….. Suddenly she grabbed my arm and screamed…. “An eel!!”. I almost threw my camera when I jumped…. I looked over the balcony and was absolutely astonished to see an eel slithering along on the lava like a snake…. What the heck??!!….. Don’t those things have gills?…… apparently it doesn’t bother them to be in the air because he slithered his way across until he got to the tide pool where the bread was….
We packed a lunch and headed out …… we headed southerly on highway 11 In my heart of hearts I wanted to go to the green beach but unfortunately I wasn’t able to physically get down to the beach….. (still recovering…) but we decided we are going to drive and stop when we saw something interesting… We took pictures as we were leaving town….
As we drove, we were shocked to see a long horn cow laying next to the road…. Of course we pulled over ….. I took a picture then saw there was also a Zebra!!!! So we wondered why anyone would have these…. We drove up the street next to the cow and saw it appeared to be a small coffee stand (closed) …. We guessed that the cow and zebra were there to draw customers….. It drew us in and we would have been happy to buy coffee had they been home…
We stopped at one tiny place that said it had free organic coffee samples….
Our next stop was in the most southernmost town in Hawaii…..Na’alehu. We stopped at a bakery named Punalu’u. It was a great place. We got cups of coffee and snacks. David loves coconut and was delighted to get a coconut turnover (only in Hawaii!!) I got a scone and Valerie got a bakery item too… (they also have a restaurant featuring sandwiches and soup. ) We walked out to the pavilion to eat. There was an amazing number of birds…. Valerie is a very keen bird watcher and always has a bird book with her to look things up….
The Bakery also had a great wall that was painted with traditional Hawaiian plants and customs. It was really interesting….. On the back side was a nice little botanical garden with flowers and bushes marked….
The black sand beach is clearly marked and easy to find…. We headed past the big Aloha sign to the lava flows on the far side…. I love the lava there…. It’s in ripples….. You could just see it reaching the edge of the water and cooling in gigantic ribbons of rock….. Valerie got some good shots of the surf…. We went to a little tiny beach in that area and I found quite a few tiny smooth opaque white and green pieces of glass that were probably cola bottles at one time….
All of a sudden Valerie started hyperventilating…. There was a turtle on the beach and it’s one of her favorite things in the world!!!!! I thought she was going to faint with happiness. She took pictures carefully staying 15 feet away….. Then she stood and stared at it for a long time… We walked over to the gift stand at the far side where they had handouts about the turtles. I bought a great shirt with turtles on the front and Valerie bought a shirt too….… they had post cards with tiny white, black, red and green sand packets on them …… I bought four as it was my dream to go to the green sand beach…… We walked back to the beach and sat and watched a family play with boogie boards.
We could tell we were in the volcano area before we even turned into the park. The vog (volcano fog) was thick and it smelled a bit like sulfur…… We went to the visitor center and took pictures with the caldera in the background. I bought a really great Volcano National Park badge ….
We knew the trees and plants growing in the volcanic area were only found (in the whole world) in that area…. So we took pictures as we drove. The same turn out looked almost clear as we drove past so we drove in. Now it was possible to see the crater floor although it was very voggy and not totally clear.
We drove back to Kailua Kona … we wanted to eat on the way but we were not able to find a place…. We followed a car that was weaving all the way….. When we passed them in town we saw everyone in the car was asleep except one frightened wide eyed girl in the back seat and the obviously drunk driver…. Yikes….. Lucky they made it.
We ate at the Kona Brewery….. Great place…. Especially if you happen to like beer .. .. (and we do!!!) We got home about 11 o’clock and fell into bed…… Great Day……Hawaii is so beautiful!!!!