Shortly after arriving at the Kona International Airport on May 17th, we retrieved our luggage (one suitcase) from baggage claim. We had to pay extra for checked baggage ($20 each way), so I was happy that we were able to fit our clothing, toiletries and a few odds and ends in one checked bag. That suitcase weighed 48 pounds when checked for our return home. We would have had to pay extra for an overweight checked bag, if the suitcase had weighed two pounds more. While flying we had to pay for food and snacks with the exception of coffee or tea, soft drinks or water. I hate that the airlines decided to implement this “pay as you go” plan. In addition to that one suitcase, our carry-on baggage included my camera bag backpack, Bob’s backpack-style laptop computer case, and my briefcase-style laptop computer case.
After retrieving our checked baggage, John and Dorothy led the way to the parking lot and their car. We stuffed our baggage in the back of the car, hopped in the car and left the airport en route their condominium. John and Dorothy’s condominium is located a few miles south of the Kona Airport, so the drive there lasted only a few minutes. The appearance of the island continued to astound me. As I mentioned in my “Getting There” blog post, I was startled to find the ground was black and barren as we approached the runway at the Kona International Airport. The ground is barren because the Kona climate is dry. Where the land is green in Kona, it is that way by use of irrigation. The ground is black from the flow of lava (molten stone) from Hualalai in 1801.
Soon after reaching the condominium, Bob and I changed from our jeans into shorts. After unpacking and putting away our clothing, Dorothy took Bob and I on a short tour of the condominium complex and across the street to the ocean. I do not have any photographs from this walk, as I didn’t bring my camera with me. At the ocean front I enjoyed watching the waves crash against the black lava rocks. We saw crabs on the rocks every bit as black as the rocks themselves.
We ate dinner at 7:00 PM. John prepared a delicious dinner of roasted chicken, broccoli and cauliflower, and rice. The long day caught up with Bob and me around 8:30 PM. At that time we had been awake for 22 hours. It was long past bedtime!
I awoke several times during the night, eventually getting up at 5:15 AM. It appears that Bob and I were not the only ones settling in at John and Dorothy’s condominium. Dorothy and John have an artificial tree on their lanai (balcony). Before our arrival in Hawaii, a Japanese White-Eye made a nest in the tree and laid three eggs. I spent part of the morning of our second day in Hawaii watching and photographing mama and papa birds, as they fed their three hungry babies.