I would be remiss if I didn’t start my post with a big old GO CATS! Holy cow! They made it to the championship! You know where I’ll be this afternoon.

Our next day on Big Island, we checked out of our room in Kona and made our way down the south side and up to Volcano National Park. It is a winding road and I gave the kids some dramamine. This point is important because someone please tell me, what’s worse? Throwing up or grumpy kids? I guess if they’re throwing up it’s both. But that stuff made for some extra grumpy children. The car portions of this journey were beautiful views on the outside and whining, car sick grumpy kids on the inside. We scheduled lots of stops to break it up. The first was south point. It’s the most southern spot in the United States. You thought it was those good old Florida Keys didn’t you? Seriously, you have no idea how many times I’ve been asked if I’ll be in the states this summer. Yep…even when I’m in Hawaii. 

DSCF0520The kids jumped out of the car. It was windy. I immediately started to have a panic attack as Bria followed Arleigh and Hanan to the edge. We rushed over and made them move back so this Mama could catch her breath. What happened next is a story that will be told for years, probably to grandchildren. 

The wind was whipping. The drop off was huge and there were two ledges that walk out so you can see WITH NO GUARDRAIL. I yell at them and shake my head. We each took a second to look over.

DSCF0510The water was super clear. This picture is weird. This was the top of the ladder. The drop looked to be around 50 ft. Our guide book said to tie off because the currents are so strong here. Nothing like having four kids literally on the edge of the earth. Of course, Bria wanted to see too. Ray was holding onto her and the rail. Arleigh came rushing up behind them and tripped bumping into them. I’m pretty sure I had a heart attack. Arleigh was scared too and started to laugh nervously. That just set me off more. We were both a little pouty for the rest of our stop. It was amazing to see.

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We really wanted to get to green sand beach but decided that Jack couldn’t handle the hike. We weren’t too sure about Bria either so we’ll put that off for another trip. I so hope there is another trip. Big Island isn’t where I would want to live but it was a great family vacation spot. 

 

DSCF0538 DSCF0539Our next stop was Hana Hou. It’s the southernmost restaurant and bakery in the United States. We decided that we needed to go ahead and have lunch while we were there. I’m so glad we did. It was a little like the restaurant that I worked at in my hometown. Let’s face it. I feel right at home anywhere that anyone says, “Aloha y’all!” 

The breads are made right there. We split sandwiches so we could enjoy some of their fabulous pie. After a sampling of three, we all decided that the Honu Pie was the absolute favorite. They were all delicious. Honu Pie is what we Kentuckians call turtle pie. It’s somehow especially tasty when you just thought your children were saved from a near death experience.

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Later we continued our drive and stopped at Black Sand Beach. First, I made Ray stop for a second so I could take a picture of a street sign we had been seeing everywhere. Is it just me or does it look like the little dude is running into the tsunami instead of away from the tsunami?

DSCF0548We had a nice little surprise on Black Sand Beach. Our neighbors were also there to play. 

DSCF0551These two are thick as thieves. They are so cute together. They’re plotting to be on the same soccer team. At any given moment you can find one of them at the other’s house. So it was pretty exciting for them to bump into each other on another island. 

Hailey and Hanan are pretty tight too.

IMG_2528Between that and the turtles, it was a pretty good day!

IMG_2532 DSCF0603 DSCF0599 DSCF0567 DSCF0581 DSCF0572 DSCF0564 DSCF0594 DSCF0582 DSCF0549 DSCF0560 DSCF0609We left black sands and finished the drive to Volcano National Park where we had a military cabin waiting for us. The sun had started to dip. As we drove in, Bria said, “Why is the sky pink?” You might be fooled into think it was a wonderful sunset but it was actually the glow of the volcano. We headed to Jagger Observatory after roasting some hot dogs and marshmallows in the fire place cabin and we were totally amazed.

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It was another great day on Big Island.