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Day 7: Big Island Bound

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Not much to report from Weary and Conductor today.

Spent half of the day transitting to the Big Island. Its not that far away but the only way to island hop is to catch a plane and you all know what its like sitting in airports.. So we started the day at a more civilised time (8.30) and caught the shuttle to the airport for a 11am departure to Kona on the Big Island.

The Big Island is a really amazing place. Flying in you come over old lava flows-- black flowing lava rocks-- looks like something out of a movie but that is what the island is like! On the lava flow there is very little vegetation and just these amazing black "rivers" of rock. Picked up our rent a car at the air port (you need one as it is really hard to get around without one) and the salesman managed to talk us into getting a four wheeled drive so that we can go off road and its already come in handy. Somehow Conductor managed to get away with being my "spouse" so that he can also drive here on the island.. I need to learn some tips from Conductor because I swear he can talk his way out of a wet paper bag!!

Arrived at our hotel (King Kamamameha) and found that it was hit during the tsunami (the bottom floor is a construction zone). Really great location in downtown Kona and on the beach. Kona is a pretty interesting little fishing village. It reminds me of what I think somewhere like Kingston Town (Jamaica) would look like. Lots of old, quaint buildings and a really relaxed feel. Very different from Waikiki. I really love it!

Finished off the day spending time uploading this blog and others at the bar at our hotel drinking a pina colada. There is supposed to be a doozy of a storm coming in so we may be "battening down the hatches" and spending the next day or so in our room. Assuming the storm is a fizzer we are off Volcano hunting tomorrow!

Posted by weary_feet 21:41 Archived in USA

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