Travel: Hawaii

Hawaii day 7: Kona

Today Sadie isn't writing the blog because her husband, me, I, Nathan, is. Obviously Sadie still took the photos and did the fun visual goodies. Anyways, on our 7th day in Hawaii we woke up in Kona and did some fun things. We started off by taking a photo right when we got off of the ship with someone posing with a surfboard. It was one of those weird photo things where you're expected to pay five arms and seven legs for at the end of the trip. When we got the photos back later, I looked absolutely ridiculous. It's hard to describe so maybe Sadie can just post a bad photo tomorrow. We'll see.

So after that, we rode out to a company where we loaded onto a six-wheel-drive off road vehicle that would take us through some fields and woods to a trailhead with waterfalls and swimming holes on the side of an old volcano. One funny thing was that our guide that day, Matt, had recently been offered a job by Navitat in Asheville where he would lead zipline tours. Random. He didn't take it, but he was fun to hang around and talk about tourists (of which we hate to say we were). When we arrived at the trailhead to go to some waterfalls there was a guava tree we ate from. I thought that was really cool. There were several things about that afternoon that stand out in my mind, but all to say it was fascinating to learn some history while seeing a crazy beautiful place. We ended the time out in the woods with swimming in one of the waterfalls we had walked to. It kind of felt like that scene in LOST season 1 when Kate and Sawyer go swimming and then find the bodies and the flight case with the guns. We didn't find any guns or bodies thankfully. But man, that would have been a story to tell.

One of the really cool things about driving to and from the ship that day was that a vast majority of the landscape on that side of the big island is just old lava flows. So basically like all you see for a few miles is fields of black lava formations. It's hard to explain because it seems so otherworldly. 

The last thing I want to mention about that day is that while we were walking around to waterfalls we made a stop at an ancient Hawaiian farm. This farm was awesome. Everything from a tree that glows in the dark to their ultra-sustainable farming practices was cool. They had this system where they would reroute water from the river to water their crops, but then redirect the runoff back into the river so that there was a consistent source of new water for all of the plants. Then all of the farmers at different elevations end up helping each other because the water that just left a farm at a higher elevation would have more nutrient content. We were really intrigued by it. It was such an impressive example of living with regard for what's going on in their environment and community that just made logical sense. 

I'm not quite sure how you end a blog. So thanks for reading? Bye.