Karen!!! It worked.
Yep, I am being told this is a bumpy ride even in good weather. We calmed last night but ran into a storm this morning and it began the sway again. AND now that we are sailing around the big island to Kona from Hilo, we are rocking and rolling quite a bit again...and yep..its storming quite a bit too. Suppose to be sunny tomorrow.
Here is a short review of the day
Today was spectacular. We didnt plan in advance and was just going to rent a car when we got to Hilo and drive around ourself, and if we were enjoying we were just going to drive to Kona and meet the ship tomorrow....seems a LOT of people had that idea also as ALL cars were sold out..and ALL excursions were sold out...THESE two things would ruin it for most, but it actually worked out for the best for us because we met Kamaki from Hawaiianstyletours.com who offered us an Authentic Hawaiian tour for $65 per person (This was cheaper than any offered tour onboard) so we said sure why not...we were on a 24 passenger bus with a couple from California and 20 French Canadians from Quebec...Boy those people are noisy!! LOL and was headed out by 10am (we cleared customs 20 minutes early so off the ship by 9:50 and on our tour 10 minutes later is awesome!) We left even before the Carnival tours.
We started off with him driving us over to Banyon Drive (telling us history as we went) to see our ship from afar, and to tell us about the Banyon trees and who planted each. Then we went to Moku Ola and the japanese Garden park (cant remember the name)
Then we went to the "place of refuge" and to take a few shots of the bay. Off we went after a few minutes and on our way to the Big Island Candy company..along the way he taught us about the different tree's, fruits, plants, and ways of life as well as customs and living conditions.
The candy company was kida cool. You could watch the making candy while you shopped. They did have 4 different kinds of diabetic candy/cookies/brownies but about 200 non diabetic treats. LOTS of samples available and the smell of the Kona coffee was VERY strong.
On our way from the Candy shop to Rainbow falls he took us past the Statue of King K (yeah, I cant remember how to spell his name right now) and Mooheau Park. Along the way we saw "root wads" and was told that the trees produce wads of roots off of the limbs and soak up water from the air..They do this so that they dont die from drought (which I think would be impossible anyway since they get over 300 inches of rain a year in Hilo)
At Rainbow falls I was in awe. We had a beautiful view of the falls and I have many photos!
After the falls we headed for Jagger Museum where we could stand at the rim of the Kilauea Volcano. I must say photos can not adequately depict how awe inspiring this place is. BUT I did take plenty of photos to try to show it.
After our visit here he took us around to the other side to the ring of craters with a stop at the steam vents along the way. Here you could actually walk on the cooled lava crater bottom if you wanted (we did not) But I do have photos of people doing so.
After enjoying the sights we headed for the lava tubes! We rode through the rainforest, where parts of Jurassic Park was filmed, to the Lava tube. Not sure if it was because of all the time we spent walking and getting in and out of the bus, but this walk down the steep hills and steps to the lava tube really bothered my knees. Not sure the trek was worth it, but it was different and really...how many people can say they walked through a lava tube? The rainforest around it was beautiful.
After a 20 minute ride from the tubes, we were at the Akatsuka Orchid farm. Here you can photograph all of the porchids, but orchids and seeds to grow your own at home, have them shipped to your home and purchase a host of products made from flowers such as perfumes, oils, and lotions...as well as the usual gift shop fare (Tshirts, hats, postcards, etc) I have decided there are a few Orchids that I want. If I had to chose one it would be the one that looks like giant yellow and black spiders (AND I HATE SPIDERS) cant wait to show everyone photos of these.
The visit here wasnt long, but just enough time for me to photograph all of the orchids and find a perfume I am in love with.
Then off we went to the Black Sand beach where Carl snagged me some black sand to share with my aunt. (We were later told that it was illegal to do so, but since we had already gotten it, we were allowed to keep it---good thing to tell us BEFORE we went) We wandered around a bit more than the others and were able to spy a green sea turtle! I was also able to get a bit of a sunset picture here also.
Ahh the day was then done. We were all scenery satisfied as well as extremely more educated. We headed back to the ship and was onboard by 6:20. 10 minutes to spare, very short line getting back onboard, and time for dinner! But we were far from last onboard.
Hmmm, dinner. This is something I am very disappointed in. We arent having the traditional Carnival food and MANY are not happy campers. Tonight, like the past 3 nights, our menu was Seafood, Duck, and Noodles with huge mushrooms. all appetizers were seafood also except for watermelon soup, which i ordered, and couldnt eat. Went to Mongolian and found out I couldnt eat there as they cannot separate seafood from the chicken and beef when cooking. I ended up with a hot dog and fruit lasagna (blueberries, Raspberries, phylo sheet, vanilla sugarfree icecream)
Good thing abut there not being much for me to eat, Ive lost 5 lbs since boarding!
Tomorrow is Kona and we have decided that we are going to shop a little, send post cards, and just wander around close by. We will see how that goes. Im thinking we wont make it off the ship since Carl has decided to drink....usually means he wont get off ship the next day, which irritates me...but it is HIS trip.