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Woke up this morning to a beautiful sunny day, and a beautiful breakfast on the back patio of our farm home. Our hostess, Mahi, had put on a great spread - lots of fruit. After breaks, we went into town and ordered a couple of sandwiches from a local take out shop. Mahi had recommended this place, and she was right in warning us that the sandwiches …
Left the Hilton today and headed east. It didn't take long to get across this part of the island, and before long we had hit the coast. We continued south along Highway 19, referred to as "the Hawaii Belt Road", with mountains up to the right of us and sea down below on the left.
Ducking down a road towards the ocean, we found ourselves …
... peaceful. It does seem that there are people everywhere we go. I am glad this is no the "busy" season. We drove back into Hilo to find a place to have a picnic lunch. We stopped at the Japan garden over looking Hilo bay to eat lunch. We then walked around that area. There seemed to be a lot of locals having big get togethers all over the place. After a stop at a grocery store, we made it back to the house for "happy ...
... did us proud. The view from the top are spectacular and the temperature was about 50F in contrast to the 80F in Hilo.
The whole area from Hilo up the Saddle Road is lava. The gardens of the houses on the outskirts of Hilo are mostly black lava with not much vegetation. As you get higher there is more and more lava and less and less trees.
A fantastic trip, well worth the drive!
Perhaps next time we'll hang around to see the stars. ...
... crew had to cut through this lava tube. We also saw an area with some lava trees. Not near as many as the Lava Tree State Park but still worth a couple quick pictures.
We started on the 19 mile Chain of Craters Road. There were several look outs where you could see large expanses of cooled lava, where other lookouts had great views of craters. We stopped at the Ko'oko'alau Crater. Seeing these craters just ...
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