Over Discover’s Day Weekend (Columbus Day for you non-Hawaii folks) we decided to go to Hilo, Hawaii. That’s right, the Big Island. One of my goals is to visit other islands and we had a long weekend and I was determined to go. Hubs was away on business the week before so I planned the whole trip and we got to packing. It’s colder over there so I got the kids sweatshirts and sneakers, they both thought they were crazy. Blueberry hasn’t worn long sleeves outside of pjs since she was, um, 3 months old? A long time. Piglet forgot about socks. It was wild. He’s also picky about shoes so he only wore his sneakers for about 10 minutes. Luckily, it wasn’t too cold.
We didn’t rent a car for the weekend so in order to see the sights, we went on a driving tour. First up, was Rainbow Falls. It was a much better waterfall than the one we saw on O’ahu so I was excited. There were also crazy people who were jumping off of it. Dangerous!
|Walking up the volcano|
Next we stopped at the cool walking part. We were walking through a jungle area but it was cooler, almost like being in a forest on the mainland. There was a neat tunnel made from old lava we walked through. Both the kids were troopers and walked the whole thing.
|At the top|
We got to the top for sunset, before the sun went down, we walked around and explored. There is a small museum and gift shop where everyone got something but me (because I forgot to pick something out!) and we ate dinner. Our tour came with snacks and dinner. We had a bento meal and it was so good. A rainbow also showed up and I thought it was pretty cool. We also saw where it started but no one wanted to walk down the crater with me to get the gold. Party-poopers.
We watched the crater and as the sun went down, it started to glow! That’s lava, coming to get us. Okay, not that dramatic but it was pretty amazing to see that it’s not just smoke coming out, there’s molten earth too.
|the best we could do|
Overall, it was a nice trip. Hilo basically shuts down at 7 pm, so it was definitely the country but now, we can all say we’ve seen a volcano up close and personal!
Next up, Maui!