My in-laws came to visit in Hawaii and we went to the Big Island for a long weekend trip. Two things that were on our bucket list to complete on our visit were to see flowing lava and to swim with manta rays (one of the, if not THE, only place on earth you can do these two things). First up was lava! Because of where the lava was flowing at the time, we had to hike 3.5 miles through a rainforest and then another mile across a lava field to reach our destination (and yes, then turn around and do the same to get back). It was very difficult and VERY muddy but what an incredible experience!
September marks 8 months that we have lived in Hawaii and there is still SO much exploring I have yet to do! Last Saturday, the hubby and I took an impromptu trip to the east side of the island where I've spent hardly any time (J went to college here so has a list of places he wants to take me). I happily played tourist while he drove and snapped some pictures of the scenery on the way.
(No filter,,,the colors really are this blue!)
My favorite beach on the North Shore (the part of Oahu where we live) is this gorgeous bay. I took this picture (iPhone, no filters) while walking with a friend one morning (Hawaii is the rainbow state, can you guess why?!). One of the most charming activities I've been introduced to upon moving to Hawaii is summer morning swims at the bay with a group of delightful women! They gather most mornings, don flippers, masks and snorkels and swim from the "church" end to the "mermaid" rock then back again. It is a great workout and usually includes sightings of colorful fish and other not-scary creatures. And with a view like this, is it any wonder that it's my favorite?!