23 December 2010 | Hilo, Hawaii
Wow, where to begin. Our days in Hawaii have been a delight, to say the least. The kindness of friends, both new and old, have made for incredible times here. Our long time friend, John Gibbons in picture with us above, has put us up in a spare jungle house, just up the road from the beach. He's even set us up with a car so we are mobile to explore and adventure as we wish. We've also been working with John to harvest the fresh fruits on the orchards he maintains. The bounty of the land has been so remarkably generous, we almost don't need to visit the supermarket. We've pretty much have an all you can eat supply of avocados, oranges, lemons, passion fruit, rambutan, tangerines, bananas, grapefruit, and more... This gorilla farming is fun stuff.
Also making our time here special is the fact that family has been able to fly in and visit us. Being able to explore and experience this island with them has been treat. Together, we've trek'ed the lava fields to see it flow into the ocean, we've soaked in oceanside warm ponds, we enjoyed Thanksgiving on the beach, we taught Kelita's mom how to swim in the ocean and even boogie board, we've hike botanical gardens, and have enjoyed every day here in Hawaii. We wish we could do more to share these adventures with those who are not here, other than by blogging & posting pics.
Looking back, it's hard to believe this adventurous year is about over. We left Ecuador in February for the Galapagos, then a completed a 3,000 mile run to the Marquesas, followed by hopping thru the Tuomotu atolls, then an extended stay in the Society Islands of Tahiti, and finally a 2,000 mile run north here to Hawaii. It's been more than 2 years now since we set off into the Pacific from our sleepy little home town in San Pedro, CA. Just want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2011.