Saturday morning bright and early, we're still on Mountain time and we are up ready and out the door by 6:15am - woooo-hoooo! We drove down to Kalapana Sea View to check out the property we're here to look at, then drove part of the red road, and made our way back up to Hilo for the farmer's market.
The waterfront, downtown area in Hilo is cool, old, somewhat alive and interesting. The farmer's market was busy! We bought locally grown avocados, garlic, tons of different kinds of fruit, tomatoes, flowers for the house, lunch (the best summer rolls with shrimp I've ever had!), Mumsabi (spam and a chicken one - ono!), and... Thomas bought Kava.... but's that's a whole other post.
I've also included a pic of some monkey pod trees (at least I think that's what they are) soooo pretty and covers so much area, huge. We also went to Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots State Park (mildly interesting), then we drove the Scenic Road and stopped for an overpriced smoothie but ohhhh so good and the drive was beautiful.
We then went to a large state park in Hilo (can't remember the name might post it later) for our lunch and to wander and watch people fishing. It was beautiful as it was created around the inlet from the bay to the river with several cool bridges over the river. Our lunch was sooo good, did I mention they were the summer rolls with shrimp and a sweet and sour spicy dipping sauce (I think I did, but gotta say it again)- oh so good! We also had some sushi we got from KTA, it was ok, but we will search out better.
After that we had to go back to our lovely little vacation rental (which I will post about later) to prepare a quick dish to take to our first international food club gathering in HPP (yet another post).
Ok, tired and ready to relax and drink more rummy drinks. Until soon. Ann