Ate Hawaiian bread baked french toast and stuffed papaya for breakfast. It was good, but not great. Checked out of Hale Kai and went to the Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Gardens which were fantastic. Unfortunately I got eaten alive by mosquitoes there. Took a really obscene number of photographs there. M plans to practice drawing by doing small botanical pieces every day and using some of the photos for inspiration.
Had lunch at McDonald's of all places and inside the Hilo Walmart to boot! It was M's choice and he had all the Hawaii only items: Saimin and coconut haupia pie. Drove back through Waimea and cattle country to Kailua-Kona. Read the guide book aloud on the trip and learned about the history of Parker Ranch which once comprised all the land we were driving through.
The condo at Keauhou is just beautiful, right on the water, but the town in general is lacking charm. It feels like a vacation town, not a real place the way Hilo did. However one plus is that no jungle no bugs! M feels like he is back in the 80's with the decor of the condo, but he seems very happy.
I finished The Keeper of Lost Causes, the Danish detective novel, not as good as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but an enjoyable read. I have now started The Five People You Meet In Heaven.
Dinner was Ono tacos at a sports bar called Thirteen Palms. The back to the condo to watch the sun set over the water.
Tomorrow is for reading, painting and playing in the ocean. May also check out a book store saw that has cats living there!
|Onomea Falls at Botanical Garden|
|M at McDonald's|
|First Kona sunset|