Yesterday I did a little road trip from Hilo on the east side to Kailua-Kona on the west side of the Big Island. First stop was the pharmacy, yes I have an ‘oops’ with my feet. Whilst the hike to the lava flow was one of the best things ever, it has resulted in this:
I have two of these god-awful blisters, they hurt like heck and I can say that the hike to the Lava flow will be my only one on Hawaii 🙁
Next stop was Alamo to swap the stupid Jeep thing for a car with a boot (or Trunk as they say here). I was scared to leave my camera bag in the back of the Jeep, so when they offered me a convertible, I snapped it up. Trouble is the boot is tiny, I had to put my main bag on the back seat, LOL! At least my camera bag will be safe if I want to go walk about – assuming I can ever walk properly again . .
With all that out of the way I head north along the east coast stopping off at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden – this place is LUSH! Despite my hobbling I really enjoyed it. It was much bigger than I imagined, set right on the coast so as well as all the amazing plants I got to enjoy some fantastic surf views. I met a guy with a tripod and DSLR who gave me some great tips and then said ‘you’ll be sorry you dont have your tripod . . ‘ He was right, I would have done a much better job on the waterfalls, but I was pleased to get this one by resting my camera on the handrail.
From the gardens I continued my drive north and then south west. I’m using an GPS app to track my travels, the main purpose it to be able to geotag the photos from my Canon but it also generates maps, this is my journey:
I’m now settled in at Uncle Billy’s Kona, sister hotel to where I stayed in Hilo. It’s a tad faded, but clean and cheap! The vibe here in Kailua-Kona is much more what I expected, its very much like So-Cal beach restorts and NO RAIN!
Today I’ve been trying to keep off my feet, doing normal, sit in the shade and read a book stuff. I went to a nice coffee shop, enjoyed real Kona coffee and was treated to this:
It’s a real Gecko dining at a miniature coffee shop, how cool?!
I’ve edited some photos and got them up on flickr, you can see them below . . . Mahalo!