Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Trip to Hawaii

Going for a walk to see a waterfall.

Going for a walk to see a waterfall. The gorgeous, lush greenery is on the Hilo side of the Big Island.

We went to Hawaii at the end of January and while we took a ton of photos I thought I’d share my favorites with you!

The amazing banyon trees on the Hilo side of the island are amazing!

The banyan trees on the Hilo side of the island are amazing! That’s Lara, Tony and Me at the bottom of the tree.

All along the water there is a rich and vibrant world in every nook and cranny.

All along the water there is a rich and vibrant world in every nook and cranny. Dale was quite taken with the tiny world in the rocks along the shore.

Once it's dark you can see the glow of the caldera. During the day it just looks like steam.

Once it’s dark you can see the glow of the caldera. During the day it just looks like steam! We were about a mile away from the volcano when this photo was taken.

The weird mix of lush tropical life in the shadow of a volcano.

The weird mix of lush tropical life in the shadow of a volcano.

Shut up! A double rainbow!

Shut up! A double rainbow! We sobbed about it, obviously.

I loved the luau! It was a really great show!

I loved the luau! It was a really great show! I was actually quite surprised. I expected it to be totally cheesy! But it was awesome!

Jumping gentlemen at the luau.

Jumping gentlemen at the luau!

The luau included fire!

The luau included fire! And this fire dude was super duper happy about it.

We spent one evening up on top of Mauna Kea, seeing the incredible huge observatories. Quite cold at the top!

We spent one evening up on top of Mauna Kea, seeing the incredible huge observatories. Quite cold at the top!

We watched the sunset from above the clouds, which was pretty amazing.

We watched the sunset from above the clouds, which was pretty amazing.

After the sunset, we enjoyed a gorgeous view of the stars.

After the sunset, we enjoyed a gorgeous view of the stars.

A strange little oasis in the midst of a hike across lava rocks.

A strange little oasis in the midst of a hike across lava rocks. I was pretty much melting and sunburned like a freak in this picture (and for most of the trip).

The ocean crashing up against the lava rocks.

The ocean crashing up against the lava rock shore.

The Big Island is a volcano--and much of it is barren!

The Big Island is a volcano–and much of it is barren!

Inside a lava tube.

Inside a lava tube. It’s a lot like a cave.

A gorgeous tree.

A gorgeous tree in Volcanoes National Park.

Some lovely lush plant life.

Some lovely lush plant life.

A lone turtle on the black sand beach.

A lone turtle on the black sand beach. I loved her.

Our wonderful hosts, Lara and Tony.

Our wonderful hosts, Lara and Tony. Would not have been possible without them! They are such lovely people! <3