Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 3 & 4 Snuba, Luau, Lavender farm and volcano

What have we been doing these past couple days? Well they were fun-filled packed days! I am loving this vacation! We will so come back some day. First off, this is my new favorite candy. We've been buying it at a fruit stand on the side of the road (I'm hoping that's okay, it's packaged...oh who cares, it's that good).

Yesterday we went to Haleakla Crater. It's a dormant volcano and is about 10,000 feet high. Take a jacket (I didn't and I'm an idiot). If it's 70 degrees Fahrenheit on the beach it'll be about 35 on top of the crater. It's pretty cool, so barren, just black and red sand, looks like Mars.

My son, the goof ball.

Driving through a cloud on our way back looks like mist so I thought I'd be specific on my blog, this is a cloud. We did see a haziness settle down over the valley when we were up high and were told that that was vog , a kind of sulfuric-volcanic 'fog' that gives people serious sinus issues (and there were a lot of people with stuffed up noses). But this is a cloud.

Why I needed to stop the jeep and take pictures of random cows, I do not know. This guy was totally giving me the stink eye! I have refrained from adding pictures of the random chickens that I took pictures of...but they were pretty cute too.

Almost feels like we're back in Colorado.

Picture doesn't do it justice. But it was pretty cool (and have I mentioned, freakin' cold!). Definitely worth the drive and ten dollar fee for the National Park.

So, Uncle Bob rode his bike up the volcano. We passed him going up (and coming back down). Go Uncle Bob!

At the Lavender Farm on the way up, after our tour (and why yes, I did pick that excursion, why do you ask?) we had lavender scone and lavender lemonade, both were quite yummy.

Ali Kula Lavender Farm A completely relaxing, serene and beautiful place. The guide, Christy was knowledgeable and friendly. Makes me want to chuck it all and become a lavender farmer, maybe run a bed and breakfast....

Day Three. We ended it with the Luau at Black Rock Oh my gosh, what a show! They have activities for the guests, like how to crack a coconut, throw a spear and tie up a sarong. Then you watch a diver light the tiki torches on black rock and do a graceful dive into the ocean. Afterwards you see the pig being taken from the pit and dinner and a show. The dancing was great, my favorite was the fire dancing.

Hula lessons for Isaac and Jason (Jake and I are better at cheering then performing)

Jake, trying out the spear throwing game. I think it was safe.

oh yeah, that was really hard on Jason....

ooooh, lots of comments from people on the matching Hawaiin shirts...whatever, it builds character...and I'm pretty sure, my days of dictating matching outfits are soon to be over.

The boys tried snuba (they're too young for scuba right now) and loved it.

The last two days were jam packed. Today we're going to play at the beach and hang with the family at the rehearsal dinner. Looking forward to it.


Mrs. Kravitz said...

I definitely need to talk the next person in my family into getting married in Hawaii. I'm so glad you're having a great time! Looks amazing! (and by the way, I love the matching shirts -- it's not like you're trying to hide that you're tourists) :)

Karla said...

What a fun trip! I am so JELOUS!!! :) Glad to see that you are all having a fabulous trip. And yeah, aint it a fun flight?