Seriously people, where is the time going? How can the days go so quickly in Paradise?
Nathaniel is off on the big island for the weekend so he can hike some lava tubes, so this is my view while I write this post.
Hard to be me.
Ok. Day 6. We spent the morning shopping around Paia which is a lovely little town that has a great hippie at the beach feel. So basically, it’s me in a town. We ate at Flatbread which offers amazing wood fired pizzas with local toppings and great service! One thing I want to point out, because it was so awesome was one of the hostesses was a lovely young girl with Down Syndrome. I love seeing inclusion.
Here are is the lunch.
The Pesto pizza was surprisingly amazing, but the shining star (not for Nathaniel, duh) was the Kula Pork which was the recommendation from my friend Angie. It was so amazing, I could go back again and again!
After shopping we did a little bit more snorkeling, but I don’t really have any more pictures. Sorry. That night I made brownies and Nathaniel grilled Turkey Hot Dogs and we watched an amazing sunset from our apartment. Nathaniel got a new camera lens for your enjoyment.
Also I spent part of the evening cleaning the apartment, Nathaniel came upstairs and this is what I found.
So some things are still obnoxious, even in paradise.
Yesterday, we drove the road to Hana which is spectacular. Isaac said “how many times today do you think we’ll say ‘It’s so beautiful, it looks fake!’?” Like, it’s that gorgeous. We downloaded an app that tells you history and stories and guides you through the drive which was neat too. Our first stop was a lava tube on the side of the road. You know, A LAVA TUBE.
Rosie had said she wasn’t EVER going in a Lava tube, but once she saw how neat it was, and that there wasn’t any lava, she was happy to explore!
Our next stop was an arboretum which was full of neat trees and flowers, but most spectacularly, the Rainbow Eucalyptus.
The whole drive was sort of like that. You’re driving up a mountain which is in a rainforest. It’s just so amazing. AND PEOPLE LIVE HERE.
We stopped at a black sand beach and blow hole. So many blow hole jokes.
There are also lava tubes there, but they were closed due to dangerous water conditions. Apparently people occasionally get sucked off this cliff into the blow hole and die. Death by blow hole.
We had lunch at a place called the Surfin’ Burro so that was awesome and we stopped at a funny general store and saw some horses.
We had hoped to swim in the 7 sacred pools just past Hana, but the water levels were dangerously high. However, the park was still amazing. This is a place where freshwater flows into the salt water but they can’t mix, so you can see the two separate bodies of water. STUNNiNG.
For your viewing pleasure, Nathaniel took one of his 18 minute long photos.
We took the back way around the mountain to come home, which was previously very dangerous and is now only mildly dangerous. It offered some amazing views and we found this super cool church.
Going down to the church there was a sign that said “4 wheel drive only” which Nathaniel promptly ignored of course. As we were bouncing our way up Isaac said “Is that why we needed 4 wheels?” To which, I replied “we have 4 wheels. It would be much harder on a unicycle”. BA DUM CHING
Also they weren’t joking about cattle in the road.
The strangest thing happened though. We were driving and saw a van pulled over while they were taking photos. The lady was standing next to a garden gnome. And I swear to you she was taking off her clothes. So she brought her own garden gnome (BYOGG) and was shooting mountain side garden gnome porn. IT WAS SO WEIRD. No one else says they saw it, but I think they were just all scarred for life and have blocked it out.
The road to Hana and around the back took us all day and then we ate Thai food.
And the kids took a night swim. So now it’s just me and the kiddos, with no cell phone for the weekend!