Asleep by 11 Thursday night, up at 7, coffee on the patio, a walk, a swim and we are off for a drive. We decided to just do a short one today. LOL. 5+ hours later we were back at the condo. No super highways here, lots of one lane roads with elevation changes and windy windy.
This whole area is a lava bed. Mauna Kea erupted 4500 years ago and basically left most of the area a wasteland. Mauna Lao (a very popular crossword clue) has moved to the active stage and has been rumbling again. The devastation is amazing, but surprising the earth is very resilient and tundra and trees are starting to grow again. Along with a vast track of timeshares, hotels, condos and private homes.
|I ran into Magnum PI. I did say he reminded me of a tall Dano from Hawaii 5O and was told he is too whiny. He is more the Tom Selleck type :). |
|I could picture having a mai tai on the upper balcony.|
|A little garden artwork|
|Waves, beaches and flowers, the colours are amazing.|
The Painted Church" and bonus we didn't have to go back up that road. This is an active catholic church with the most amazing pictures of the bible on every wall inside the church and the most amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. It dates back to 1842.
Holualoa. It is situated about 1500 feet up the mountain with an amazing view of the Pacific. Beautiful breezes and the smell of coffee greets you as you exit your car in this lovely little art village which is surrounded by coffee plantations.
|This is one bathroom I did not use :)|
We stopped for lunch at the Holuakoa Gardens & Cafe where Jim had the catch of the day a striped marlin and I had a blue cheese salad. I also had a beautiful pinto grigio called Mongris Marco Fellage 2014. Delightful, have to find some for sipping on the dock in Muskoka.
The lovely young lady was explaining to us about coffee growing and brewing. They had a great collection of different coffee machines from the ages and different parts of the world. The same coffee will taste totally different depending on how you perk it. I enjoyed a med roast with 3 sugars and 2 cream, amazing. :) I also tried a tea made from the coffee skin, it was quite delish.
|Jim getting some free plantains and oranges from the lovely young lady who explained our coffee tastings for us.|