Winters take a toll on us, especially as we get older and so although we were originally planning a road trip to the Florida Keys, an invitation to spend a few weeks in Hawaii won out.
This trip we decided to fly into San Francisco, rent a car and spend a few days in Mendocino with my long time friends, Denise and Ken. We hadn’t been to that area in 4 years. It was a long travel day and Denise greeted us with a hot bowl of kale soup.
Days were quiet and laid back. We gathered beach glass for my granddaughter, walked the headlands, strolled shops and galleries in Ft Bragg, ate, shared bottles of wine, laughter and watched the sunset from the deck. Perfect!
Ahhhh couldn’t ask for a better way to start a vacaion
Next stop – the Big Island. This was our 4th trip there, I guess the perfect weather 84 degrees and sunshine is the main reason for the return trip.
Relaxing at Hapuna beach, taking rides into Kona, Waimea and other beaches along the way. I did cook a few nights for the 4 of us. The evenings found us sitting by the pool looking up at the sky glistening with stars.
We went to some of our favorite restaurants The Blue Dragon for chicken and savory waffles, Pau in Waimea for lunch and found a new cafe in Hawi called “local dish” A little pricey but so-o-o-o-o worth it. I had an avocado gazpacho soup and half sandwich. The soup was so delectable that I bought 2 containers to take home for another day.
After 2 weeks on the Big Island we flew to Maui and stayed a few days at The Bicycle Inn on the north shore (on the Road to Hana). The “surfer” town of Paia is a throw back to the 60’s. We relaxed, ate and enjoyed the island sites.
Took the famous Road to Hana drive, stopping at various waterfalls, hiking through a local farmers property.
We watched surfers on various beaches and soaked up some sunshine.
On the way home we spent a few days in Venice Beach with Jene’s friends, Bill and Judy. It was a pleasure getting to know them. Rented a car and toured the area where Jene used to live, the beaches and The Getty Museum. Ate, drank and were merry.