For the past 4-5 years, my mother has faced perilous health issues and one year ago, I was making her funeral arrangements. It has been a difficult journey, but she is now home with 24 hour care. Since I am her primary care taker over these 4-5 years, my dear hubby has been waiting for just the right time for us to get away. He decided 5 weeks on the Big Island, in our favorite condo next to our favorite beach with no travel companions would be just "what the doctor ordered" for me.
Day 1: This past Saturday, we departed on American Airlines and had fabulous flights, watching movies with noise canceling headphones, eating movie candy and pop corn. Our flights literally flew by. Landing at KOA, all our baggage showed up, we got our rental car from Budget (through Discount Hawaii Rentals), ran by Safeway (renewed our discount card) to get a couple of basics and got to our condo at 9 pm. As soon as we opened the doors, the sound of the waves and the cool breeze made us immediately feel welcomed and a blissful night's sleep followed.
Day 2: Waking up at 4:30 am, drinking coffee on the lanai, watching the day begin and relaxing for the first time in a long time, I was slowly beginning to feel like myself. It felt magical.
A quick breakfast and we were off walking north on Ali'i Drive. Following all the shore access signs, we walked around 3 miles. Normally, we immediately follow our walk with an hour or so swim/snorkel, but we don't usually go to beaches on the weekends so locals may have that precious time with their families. Instead, we relaxed on our lanai. Suddenly, DH grabbed the binoculars and said, "There's our dolphin pod!". They jumped, flipped, twirled, and spinned as they made their way north in front of us. What a magical start to our first full day!
I finally peeled myself off the lanai and off to the store we went to get our grocery and supplies. Costco, WalMart, and Sack and Save for fresh fish and poke (thanks for that recommendation, TT) we finally made it back home in time for our first sunset next door at Pahoehoe Beach Park. They have benches and picnic takes along the sea wall and makes for a panoramic sunset experience. Beautiful!
DH cooked our fresh fish on the grill down by our complex pool while I made a salad. We ate, by candlelight, on our lanai serenaded by the sound of the waves. Wow. Just wow.
After another amazing nights sleep, we did our walk on Ali'i, this time heading north. Very fun place to walk and visit with locals. Back home, we quickly rehydrated, changed into our swimsuits, got our snorkel gear and walked next door, 20 steps, to one of our favorite places to snorkel, Magic Sands Beach Park. In Hawaiian, it is known as La'aloa Bay meaning "very sacred". This place should be a marine sanctuary! That morning we saw 4 turtles and about 15 varieties of reef fish. After an hour or so back home we sat on the lanai and took in all the ambiance that surrounded us. I'm almost back to normal.
Day 3: Reverse jet lag kicked our butt and had us turning in around 8 and getting up at 4ish. This morning, however we slept until 6! Walked 4 miles, breakfast, snorkeled an hour or more, lanai time, poke for lunch, nap, sunset, fresh fish for dinner, talking for uninterrupted hours on end to the love of my life, unbelievable nights sleep. I could get used to this:) Day 4-6 tomorrow, where we actually get off the lanai and go for a scenic drive of the rest Kona, our favorite place on earth, meet some locals and eat someone else's cooking.Edited: 31 August 2012, 03:33