We traveled today from Oahu onto the big island, Hawaii! The airport in Kona, Hawaii was like none I have ever been to. It was very small and was an outdoor airport with little huts. We checked into where we were staying then went and had a great lunch by the ocean at Splashers. We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the little shops by the water and found a cool marketplace where we bought yummy apple bananas. We were all really tired at this point in the trip so we called it a night early.
June 2 Today was volcano day! We drove to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Sadly it was windy and rainy, but we still enjoyed it. We weren't able to see lava flowing, but we did see smoke. We were told that if we came back at night that we would be able to see the lava.
We spent the rest of the day driving through the park looking at lava tubes and old lava flow. It was nothing like I had ever seen before. Just dark hard solid rock covering as far as the eye could see. Very interesting! There was even an area that you could see where lava flowed over a pre-existing road. Crazy! We had no idea how big the park was but we spent the whole day riding around. We ended the day grilling out and with Kelley and Mr. Randy entertaining Turner with Disney songs!
In this next picture, look for the old road!
June 3 This was our last day on the island so since we were in Kona, we had to go visit a coffee plantation! We got to see Mountain Thunder coffee and had a big lesson on how coffee is grown, harvested, and roasted. We paid a whopping $28 for a bag of coffee...when in Kona, right? Since John didn't get to go snorkeling we spent the afternoon at the beach so that he could have a chance. Turner and I hung out on the beach and I ate a snow cone...real Hawaiian ice! The beach there was very small with pebbly sand. We got to see some sea turtles playing in the waves, so that was cool! We came back to the condo to get showers and pack up. Our flight was at 8:45 that night so we had to get everything together! I was really nervous about the flight home since we would be jumping so many time zones overnight. I had no idea how Turner would do, but he slept the whole first leg of the flight! It was his normal bedtime, so nothing was different for him! However, since it's hard for me to sleep on a plane, it was hard for me to get any sleep.
We arrived in LA early early the next morning. We had a short layover in LA then said goodbye to John since his next flight was to Atlanta, then "home" to Panama City. Our next flight was to Memphis and Turner slept for about half the flight and did pretty well the rest of the time. By the time we got to Memphis we were so ready to be home! Just a short flight to Tupelo and then a 1 hour drive and we were finally back home!
We had a great trip and overall we were pretty impressed with Turner. I can't imagine what this trip had been like if I didn't breastfeed. It was so convenient that we didn't have to deal with bottles, purified water, formula, etc while we were on the go so much! It made the flights easy for Turner to be able to nurse during takeoff and landing to help with the pressure change.Will I ever take a baby to Hawaii again? Probably not, but it was a very memorable trip and we are so thankful to Jesse's parents for taking us!!! Because of them we have gotten to see so many places and have made so many memories. We hope that we are able to do the same with our little family one day.