Well, we woke up EARLY and got to the airport in plenty of time. Only to have our plane delayed for almost 2 hours. Something with a baggage door. So, we haven't even left Wichita yet, and boy are we ready to go! :)
Killing some time on the laptop. That's Daniel's brother Brian and wife Brenda with me. See our plane sitting there behind us?
Since our first flight was now off by 2 hours, of course we missed our connecting flight. So, they had to do some searching and find alternative routes. We were supposed to arrive in Kona, HI around 2pm, instead we made it about 8:30pm. Thus, missing our first cocktails and dinner together with the Speed Queen folks. :( Daniels' mom made a comment about me "jinxing" our trips. Remember the bag fiasco in London last year? Thanks, Mom! :)
Finally on our way! We ended up going from Wichita to Phoenix to San Francisco to Kona. Some of you know that I seem to have a twin out there somewhere. Well, when we landed in Phoenix, this guy sitting across the aisle from me (not Daniel :) said to me, "Whenever I travel with you, this always happens." I was just dumbfounded. I had no clue who he was!
At our hotel on the Big Island. We had a full day planned and soon found out that there just weren't enough hours in the day for all we wanted to do. We tried to just soak it all in and have fun!
We were staying on the desert side of the island. It was actually pretty barren. So much lava rock and some brown shrub things.
Brian and Brenda rented a Jeep so we could have 4WD for some of our adventures. :) We really enjoyed it!
We did stop at Walmart to get a few things before we headed off to South Point, the southernmost point of the U.S. and a Green Sand Beach. It was pretty much like any other Walmart, but with swimsuits year round. :)
Down at South Point the wind is so strong that the trees grow sideways. This was a farm we passed on the way.
We first stopped at Broken Road. They had built a concrete landing here to launch boats into the water, but it lasted less than a year and "broke" off. You can see me at the edge there.
Brian and Brenda on a cliff overlooking broken road. It was so beautiful and the water was a gorgeous, clear, deep blue color.
A little further down there were these boat hoists. Several people were fishing from there and it looks tempting to jump into the clear water, but there is a strong current that will take you out into the ocean. Not smart!
We got to the southernmost point and the waves were mesmerizing. We climbed all over the rocks and watched them for a long time. Here are some pics Daniel took of me on the rocks with the waves splashing around. I honestly didn't upload all our pics of this. :)
Some cool wave pictures.
From South Point we went to the only Green Sand Beach in Hawaii. The sand is an olive green color from a mineral called Olivine. It was about a 2 1/2 mile drive (with 4wd only) or you can walk. Here are a couple pictures of the jeep on the "road."
I don't think we actually went down this one. It was a fun drive, but I think the seat belts bruised our shoulders. :)
Brian having fun with the waves. They were quite strong. A couple times they about ripped my swimsuit right off me. Definitely gives you a healthy respect for nature!
These little crabs were all over the beach. They were hilarious to watch. They run sideways and boy are they quick. Daniel caught one so we could see it up close.
We climbed up on the cliff by the beach. We got 1 bar on our cell phone, so made a few calls. Here are some pics of the view from up there. Just gorgeous!