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Orchids, Lava, and Waterfalls

Pretty much describes my day. We drove to Hilo on the other side of the island. It poured rain most of the way, but we braved our way though the Botanic Gardens, which came highly recommended. Armed with $2 plastic raincoats, a loaner umbrella, and bug spray, we traversed a mile or so of rainforest riddled with interesting plants and flowers. It was drippy, but fun. The pictures aren’t as good as I’d have liked, we opted to leave our excellent loaner camera safe in the dry car.

Then we headed into Hilo where we took a helicoptor tour. It was a bit of a white-knuckle ride for both of us (and a bit green-faced for me) but it was really cool to be able to see bits of the active volcano – there’s no foot access right now.

After some ginger-ale, we headed back towards Kona, but stopped at this amazing waterfall. Then it was back to the hotel for some much needed rest. zzzzzzz….

1 comment to Orchids, Lava, and Waterfalls

  • Sr. Benedicta

    I used to have dreams of flying (without a helicopter) over bubbling volcanoes wearing a crinoline made out of poetry written on strips of parchment. Did you see me flying around anywhere? Maybe that is my twinned spirit. Your adventures are quite enchanting. I would have loved to go on that coffee tasting excursion with you though swimming with the leviathan sounded (almost) as thrilling… but NOT at night. Enjoy your time and eat LOTS of EVIL! They are better fresh.

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