I told myself last year that I wasn’t going to travel as much in 2014.
It was taking me away from my work, I was missing too many dinners and weddings, and my dogs were starting to hate me.
But so far, it’s only February and I’m already on my second weekend jaunt.
So much for that.
But both trips — to Maui a couple of weeks ago and to the Big Island this weekend — are work-related, so I’m justified in leaving.
Though, to be honest, I plan to do a lot more than just work on this three-day jaunt.
The Big Island is one of my favorite destinations for several reasons: first off, it’s huge, sprawling over 4,028 square miles. It’s larger than all of the other islands in the archipelago combined. (That’s why it’s called the “Big” Island.) In addition, the island, thanks to its vastness, offers a variety of environments and natural wonders, including the world’s most active volcano (Kilauea) and the tallest mountain in the world (Maunakea). There are lush rainforests and volcanic deserts. You’d be hard-pressed to find another location in the world where you can be playing in snow at the top of a mountain, then later — and the time all depends on how fast you drive, of course — be surfing in the warm Pacific Ocean.
There are national parks, black sand beaches, coffee farms, hiking trails, farmer’s markets, local restaurants and my favorite grocery store in the world, KTA.
So far, the agenda looks like this: arrive in Hilo, grab food at KTA, head to Volcano, where we’ll be staying at a new B&B. We’ll plant koa trees tomorrow and look for native birds in the afternoon, maybe eat dinner at one of the best Thai restaurants on the island. That’s about it. Not a bad way to spend a “work trip,” huh?
Got any favorite stops or haunts in Hilo?
Hey Cat: the Big Island is my favorite neighbor island … the only island I’ve been to more than once …
… but the last time was over 15 years ago … so I really don’t know what’s there anymore … I’m guessing it must have changed some … but then again, I prefer the Hilo side and maybe that hasn’t changed so much …
… what I liked most was driving from Hilo to Kona through Saddle Road … just loved the fact that we felt so isolated up there … away from homes and buildings and concrete … just barren land and the snow capped peaks in the distance …
Rainbow bread. Strawberry mochi.
Just sent you an email about an ongoing campaign by KTA Super Stores! 🙂 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2014/02/18/uh-hilo-and-kta-partnership-benefit-hilo-student-athletes/
That’s the kind of work I’ll like to do, travel and get paid to go.
CAT: When you plant koa can you find out how many indigenous acacia we have? I thinks that there are some which are unique based on location but have no idea whether they are different genus/species.
You gotta eat the pancakes at Hawaiian Style Cafe!
Ken’s Pancake House in Hilo and Tex Drive Inn in Honokaa are my favorites!!
Love the Big Island! Waiting to hear your first report.