The Rambling Writer’s Hawaii, part 2: A Secluded Cove

Join Thor and me as we hike over lava fields on the Big Island to find a paradise cove and snorkel with a young Honu sea turtle.

NOTE: Thor and I decided on a quick trip to Hawaii’s Big Island to stretch out summer a bit as our gray, rainy Pacific Northwest winter was closing in. The airline and all venues in Hawaii are being super careful with Covid precautions, and it was a wonderful getaway. If you didn’t catch my blog series about our first Big Island trip, it started April 24, 2021. Check it out if you want to catch up on the full adventure, including a volcano, petroglyphs, snorkeling with wild dolphins, and a night swim with huge manta rays. And I promise I will finish the Retro Italy Vacation series soon.

The newly-erupting Kilauea caldera was spewing “vog” — irritating volcanic fog — that was circling around our condo area, so we decided to head north for cleaner air. We were eager to check out the secluded coves and beaches we had heard were north of Kekaha Kai State Park. So we packed our lunch and snorkel masks, leaving the lush gardens of the Kona Coast…

…and this friendly lizard who popped out to say hi.

The coastal highway took us into a realm of raw lava fields from fairly recent eruptions — layers from the past couple of hundred years over much older flows. We turned off for the park road, which turned out to be a challenge in itself, twisting and turning through the lava fields and offering some serious potholes.

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The Rambling Writer’s Hawaii, part 2: A Secluded Cove — 4 Comments

    • Thanks, Sherwood! Yes, I just kept blinking at the way any patches of green would pop against all that black lava. And, of course, the vibrant blues of sea and sky. It all feels so raw and primal (once away from human developments).

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