Turns out our entire exit row is going to Portland, and is other families that have been split up due to the tender ministrations of Alaska. So we’ve formed a passengers collective and reorganized ourselves appropriately. Victory!
The closer you get the the plane, and the more airplane sounds you get, the better it is.
Time to spend 6 hours trying to sleep squeezed in between two strangers. Got exit row at least!
It really is…
We’re waiting for about 40 minutes because the Alaska desk isn’t open until 7ish. “closer to when the plane arrives”. That’s new.
Baggage has to go through FDA screening before boarding, and apparently our carryons will have to as well.
This is done to ensure nobody is smuggling fruit. They want to keep the bent fruits for themselves.
We packed up our stuff this morning, and are killing time wandering Kona and surrounding area.
We went on a tour of the summer house of the Hawaiian royalty that was built when they started trying to emulate the outside world…
Stopped at a small national park that has a short trail out to “the King’s road”, a straight road the first king built across the island. In case you can’t tell, that road goes straight through this lava field, all the way to the horizon. It’s really quite a thing to see, it’s amazing to imagine how much work it must’ve been to construct. Something I’d like to read more about.
Gonna get some dinner, head to the airport, and engage in single combat with Alaska airlines. Should be fun.
Yesterday, our last full day on the island, we drove around the north side to see the sights, go to a waterfall hike, and visit the other big town of Hilo.t
The hike was fantastic. Very jungly. I’m not going to post the full set of pictures because there are just too many, I’ll upload them later in a better way.
After the hike we went into Hilo, walked around, checked out the farmer’s market, and completely undid Matt with lunch.
Got home and scrounge up some food and watched the sunset. We went down into the queen’s bath, I’ll have pictures of that later when I get them from Matt, I didn’t dare take my phone near water in case I had to dive in to save Bevin.
Cameras these days man…
Big dipper and palm.
The same view, now that the sun is up:
What shall we do today… Hmmm…
Yesterday we wandered around Kona, and then went to a Luau! So much delicious pork.
Kona is nice. It’s a fairly small place, but lots of fun little shops, and some great views. There was a high surf advisory, so it was really fun to watch some actual big waves come crashing in.
Going to put the images behind the Continue Reading link, so click on through for pork!Continue reading The Porkening
Continuing on pastmthe Desolation Trail and the older Caldera, we hike on another mile to the current eruption viewing zone. Fortunately the “eruption viewing” wasn’t actually the outhouses, but lay beyond.
Unfortunately it’s cloudy. Also the volcano is fairly quite currently, which may or may not be fortunate, depending on how you feel.
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Yesterday was volcano day!
The volcano is about 2 hours away. The trip takes you through a number of different biomes. It’s really interesting to see how different the various parts of the island are.
I’m going to put the rest of the post behind a click here because it’s very image heavy. So go ahead and click Continue Reading below to see all the pretty pictures…Continue reading Into the blasted wasteland