|There were lots of fishes! And I love TURTLES!|
|We don't have these signs in Sweden.|
|Beautiful lagoons to swim and snorkel in|
|$2 for a bag of 6 papaya!|
|Mochi flavors from Two Ladies Kitchen (they quit their old day jobs and now just make mochi!)|
|Multi-coloed bamboo plant thingy|
|Beautiful hanging flower balls|
|Colorful pinecone like plant with flowers growing out of it (yeah, we got very scientific with names)|
|Leaves were bigger than me|
We had dinner and caught up on a little internet. Ross found a jigsaw puzzle of a Hawaiin reef (does that count as snorkeling?) and worked on that until bedtime. Being out in the sun can be fairly exhausting.
This morning we got an early start so that we could try to beat the heat. Our goal was to go running in the Waipio valley, a remote area along the north coast. The road that heads into the valley is so steep that only 4WD cars are allowed to attempt the trip, and so we parked at the top and started our run from there. Despite the early start it was already scorching and heat was rolling in waves off the pavement. Our guidebook claims that Lance Armstrong biked up the road from the valley in 9 minutes on a bet, so we were happy to make the careful descent in about 10 minutes. Then it was a long stretch along a quiet beach, crossing a fast flowing river in the middle, and then up the other canyon wall. Rosses are not designed for mid 80's weather and direct sun, so the pace slackened noticeable at this point. We switchbacked our way up to the ridge, taking in the views along the way, and then promptly turned around and ran back. Our last segment, the road run back to the parking lot was run almost as a workout. Sam made it up in just over 12 minutes, though it might have taken a bit longer on a bike ;)
|We made it down, across the beach and to the top of the far cliff before turning back.|
|Hydrating as we near the top. Too hot.|
We showered and headed to Merriman's restaurant for lunch. The server told us about the soup of the day, and did such a great job describing it that we both ordered soup. It was delicious but neither of us can remember what it was made with. The run and the food made us sleepy so we took a nap at a beach on the west coast before going snorkeling. The late afternoon was perfect for beach hopping so we tried to visit another beach for some snorkeling but the parking was full and we weren't allowed in, so we ended up at third beach which was great for swimming.
|Thanks for the tip, Katie!|