Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Petroglyphs & Green Sand Beaches

After breakfast in the treehouse, we headed back to Volcanoes National Park to check out the petroglyphs (see above), Devil's Mouth (a giant hole in the ground, so, not pictured), and some winding roads that led down to an expansive, ocean view (30 miles long, so impossible to picture).
We finished up at the park, had some lunch, and arrived at our next destination, Kalaekilohana Inn & Retreat. This charming, four-bedroom inn seemed like the perfect place to end our trip. One of the owners is a chef and the other is an artist and musician. They built the property themselves and every detail has been thought of - from a fridge full of local beers to access to laundry (mom, you know how delighted this made me) to delicious and healthy breakfasts and dinners.
The rain came almost as soon as we checked in, so we skipped checking out the Black Sand Beach in favor of showers and relaxing on this amazing lanai (I NEED this porch).
Beautiful bouquets of local blooms adorn the tables throughout the inn.
After a great night's sleep and yummy breakfast, we headed out to the Green Sand Beach for some hiking (7 miles roundtrip) and swimming. I took this photo from above and it's a bit deceiving how high we were. If you look to the far right edge of the sand, you'll see two tiny humans for scale.
We then headed down the road to the southern most point of the United States. I was a bit bummed that there was no official sign (like at the Equator and the end of the Florida Keys) but according to the map and the locals, we were on it. I was worried about being photographed at the very point, so as not to end up as a news story about people swept away to sea due to a photo op, so we settled for one a little ways in.
The lava rocks and the colors of the ocean had us both snapping as many photos as we could in an effort to capture waves and splashes. I was thrilled that our last full day included some sun! As soon as we made it back to the inn for showers, the rain rolled in. Thanks for stopping by, and I promise 'all the vacation food' in my next post!

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