Guys, I. AM. BACK.
The last few weeks have been such a whirlwind. Nick Graduated the school he was here for in Georgia so the deal is sealed for Italy and, it threw us right into vacation.
We have had this vacation to Hawaii planned since December, we just had a few months to make it through before we could really focus on it. We didn’t go to Honolulu which we know is the prime vacation spot that comes to mind, we actually went to the big island (actually named Hawaii) because we’re pretty active and wanted to see more of the cultural side than the typical touristy stuff. Don’t get me wrong, we absolutely laid on beaches, drank to our hearts desire and hung out, we just made more of an adventure of it and it was way more fun not having a packed beach!
The journey there as pretty smooth, we knew we had an early wake up and with all the time changes it’d be a full day of traveling for us so, after 3 flights (two of which were slightly delayed) we were finally landing at Hilo international airport. e ended up flying in a little later due to delays so it was pretty dark out, looking out the window we could see the glow of the lava through the clouds, it was breathtaking. When this vacation was planned the volcano hadn’t erupted yet, but, it was fun watching Nick monitor it for a month leading up to it!
We stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa Village which is a 62 acre ocean front resort. This resort had three pools +1 adults only pool, waterfalls, it’s own white sand beach, it even had it;s own dolphin quest here you could feed, swim and play with dolphins! It was epic. Whilst we really spent more time laying by the pool or sleeping here, I wish we had done more, just means we’ll have to go back in the future.
The next morning Nick had planned that we would go to a black sand beach, see a waterfall and go horseback riding. I’m telling you right now because I care about you…google maps contour lines don’t transfer very well to actually being on the ground in Hawaii and for the love of God don’t forget your running shoes/hiking shoes. Unless you have a vehicle which is 4-wheel drive (we did not) you will embark on a beautiful yet brutal very steep 1 mile decline down a mountain, at the bottom you’ll be greeted by cool a cool breeze in the valley as you approach the beach, which was perfect for us after our trek, the beach was stunning and the black sand was beautiful. After receiving instructions from a local we proceeded to what we expected to be a short but hard hike up a very large mountain, my converse were definitely not the shoes to be wearing. We got to the top and we were rewarded with an amazing view of the beach below and the mile trek e had taken in on the other side, however, we discovered very quickly we had received the wrong directions and we had to go 8 more hours across the top of this mountain to see what we needed, we called it a day and headed back down to find a spot to eat. After lunch, we finished climbing back down and continued to walk, Nick was determined to take me to a waterfall. After 2 more paths that ended nowhere and 1 more a local sent us down and assured us to ignore the ‘do not enter, path closed’ signs…we counted our losses and headed back to the beach to eat some more.
All in all it was a great day, extremely rewarding and I got to do it with my best friend (bonus). We walked way more than we expected to, 15 miles to be exact it was all worth it for the views. After a mile trek (literally a trek) back up the colossal mountain we came down earlier in the day, we hopped in the car and headed to our next adventure horseback riding! I had never been before and I loved it. Nick’s horse was white, looked like a white-walker and was named Steel, my bundle of joy was named Lava (How fitting right?) we rode them for about 90 minutes around an 11,000 acre cattle ranch catching little views of the sunset through the vog. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to our day. We were so exhausted when we got back we ate a bag of chips, showered and passed out haha, i’m so glad we’re as weird as each other and can do that. Day 1 was complete.