Ate breakfast at the airport, a strange, but tasty breakfast pizza at Sauce, it had eggs, cheese, potatoes, chicken sausage and poblano peppers.
Long flight to Kona on a really cramped 757. Ate sandwiches we packed for lunch. Read about 75% of Diane Ackerman's Natural History of the Senses on the Nook.
Landed in Kona around 1:45 pm local time. Airport there was very small and we had to walk down those rolling staircases to deplane. A lava field surrounds the airport and it looks like Mars, NOT the tropics. The ocean however is turquoise and gorgeous.
We rented a Crown Victoria aka land boat and drove 2 hours to the other side of the island (Hilo). It was amazing how quickly the landscape changed volcanic to grasslands with lots of horses and cattle. The Waimea Valley is charming. Continued on to our destination Hale Kai B and B in Hilo.
The B & B is small with beautiful gardens, great ocean views and a well worn pool area.
On the suggestion of the B&B owner we ate at Hilo Bay Cafe. The food was very good, M had the Blue burger with local beef and fries, I had a mushroom pot pie with local greens.
Back at the B&B we took some photos and then feel asleep listening to the ocean outside our window and the coqui frogs.