The Big Island of Hawaii had long been a coveted destination and we finally found our way there in 2012.
We were there for the World Ironman Championship with Gilles finally fulfilling a major bucket list item.
However, it wasn’t all swim, bike, run. I had my first helicopter ride and an amazing tour of the Big Island from the air.
We went to the space observatories high above the clouds at the top of Mauna Kea.
It’s rather ironic we would go to a tropical island and end up shivering in Arctic outerwear at almost 14,000 feet above sea level to gaze at the pristine night sky.
High on my must-do list was visiting Volcano National Park to see an active volcano. It had been spewing lava for months prior to our visit and of course settled down into a grumpy fume until after we left.
… but our unexpected treat was to spend an hour on a private tour carefully picking our way through the darkness of an old lava tunnel.
Hawaii really is an island paradise with a wide variety of activities to keep these adventurers happily entertained. Not surprisingly, we were very sad to eventually leave.