I had THE BEST time on the Big Island with THE BEST HOST you could ever ask for.
My awesome time here consisted of:
lava, meteor shower, beers, kettle corn, machos, hiking, Mauna Kea Summit, cliff jumping or standing on the edge of a cliff, beaches, and goats.
So I arrived on the Big Island after traveling for 22-23 hours. I was exhausted. My AWESOME friend GREG picked my up at the airport, took me to his house and then left me there while he went out drinking with his friends. That was okay though because I was fast asleep before he even went out.
Woke up the next morning and was told I needed to go jump off a cliff..... I think he was sick of me already. Brief stop made to be disappointed by lack of tsunami slide and acquire kettlecorn. I spent most of my time standing on the edge of the cliff and NOT jumping. But I DO have the video to prove that eventually I did do it.
Next day. Next adventure. Driving around the south end of the island to Valcanoes Nat'l Park. Visitor centre. Jagger Museum. UNO in the truck. Winner. Seeing the glow of the lava lake on Kilauea. Then parking to sleep / watch the meteor shower. We began our hike into the lava field around 3am. About 3 miles of crazy hiking over lava field in the dark. eached flows by sun up. So Cool. I love lava now. It was soooo hot around it. Took tons of pics and videos. Hiked back out under the hot hot sun. Hit up a farmers market. Stopped at a beautiful black sand beach called Punalu'u ( http://www.gohawaii.com/big-island/regions-neighborhoods/kau/punaluu-black-sand-beach ) on the drive back. Stopped at the most southern bakery in the USA for a sugar rush. Stopped at the donkeyball factory (http://www.alohahawaiianstore.com/ ) on th way home. All awesome.
Monday and Tuesday Greg worked so I mostly just went to beaches and bummed around town. Checked out the Hawaiian Billfish International Tournament ( http://hibtfishing.com/ ) a few times. There were 5 teams from the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club (where I live in NZ).
Wednesday Greg was off again and it was back to the End of the World for more cliff jumping. There were tonssss of people there. I mostly just swam and got sunburn. Greg's friend and super-talented photographer - Joshua Lambus - ( http://jlambusphoto.com/ ) was there taking pic of people. It was a super fun time. After we left we headed to Humpy's for a beer and some Thai chicken strips, then went to check out Josh's gallery. Hit up a happy hours at somce random Indian restaurant / bar and watched the boats come to weigh in their fish for the tourney. Then off to Splasher's grill for more beer and Machos. That's right... Not just your everyday nachos... Brought Josh a beer at his gallery. Then headed home to eat ice cream!
Greg was back to work the next night. And there was space on his tour. So I just went wth him! Let's just say I forgot how cold 3C is. Ugh. Awesome tour though. Beautiful sunset. Amazing star show. No moos. Lots of shooting stars. Saw Jupiter like it was no one's business.
All in all had the most fantastic trip to the Big Island.
Thanks to GREG!!!!
I'll be back!!!!