In case you missed it: Part I
After two long days of travel and exploring, we were ready for a good nights sleep. We went to bed hoping we weren’t awakened by the rooster in the front yard of our rental. Sure enough…somewhere around 2:00 in the morning the rooster started cock-a-doodle-doodling-all-night-long. At about 5:00 am we both realized we were both awake, and we started researching another place to stay for our third night before heading down to the volcano. We came across the Kona Coast Resort and called in to make a reservation as soon as we could. Luckily, they had a room available, and it was open so we were able to check in early. Before making plans for the day, we admired the beautiful view from our lanai…
Suddenly, two restless nights of rooster cock-a-doodle-doodling melted away. We were pretty tired, so we decided to stick around the resort for the day. We read by the pool, ate lunch on the lanai, and went snorkeling in Kahalu’h Beach Park just 1/2 mile away.
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That evening, we enjoyed the sunset views from our resort.
The next day we drove around most of the Big Island to make our way to Volcano, HI. Along the way we stopped at Tex Drive In and tried some of their famous Malasadas along side some local grass fed Big Island beef burgers. Malasadas are Portugese sweet bread fried dough rolled in sugar, very similar to a donut, definitely not gluten-free, but a must try! As we continued along the drive admiring the coastline, we pulled into Akaka Falls State Park, where we took a self-guided walk through the lush tropical gardens (in the rain) to the 442 foot falls (higher than Niagara falls).
After researching a dinner spot on Yelp, I realized our options were limited to a fancy German restaurant and a mildly overpriced Thai restaurant. We, of course, went with take out Thai food to serve alongside a bottle of wine we picked up from Walmart.
As you can see it was pretty wet and rainy, so we set out hoping we would be able to catch a break for our hike. And we sure did…
…Until next time.