The Rambling Writer’s Hawaii: Return to the Big Island, part 1

Thor and I returned to the Big Island, Hawaii, to enjoy some snorkeling and sunshine before gloomy gray winter descends on our Pacific Northwest.

Listening to my doc’s concerns, and considering the complications of multi-destination European travel during the pandemic surge (not to mention wildfires in Greece), Thor and I decided to cancel our Greek islands trip for the second year (sob). But, as “consolation,” we decided on a quick trip to Hawaii’s Big Island to stretch out summer a bit. The airline and all venues there are being super careful with Covid precautions, and it was a wonderful getaway. Unexpectedly, Madam Pele welcomed us a few hours after our arrival with a new eruption in the Kilauea caldera. That also meant a return of “vog,” volcanic fog, which we mostly managed to avoid. But since we just returned last night, my brain is still “vogged,” so today I’ll post a rerun here of our earlier arrival on the island in April. (That blog series started April 24, if you want to catch up on the full adventure.) I promise I will finish the Retro Italy Vacation series soon.

So, April arrival on the Big Island (view from our condo lanai above). Our main goal was to get back into the sea for some snorkeling! I’ve been working on my surgery rehab (a long, slow process), and immersion in the clear sea is so wonderfully healing.

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