In the early morning, my mom entertained herself by reading . . .
. . . while Martha looked at whales:
By 10am we packed up all our stuff and began heading to our next destination. Here’s a photo of Martha lifting her 46-pound suitcase into the trunk of the car . . .
. . . and here’s a photo of my mom scolding me for not helping:
(I guess she hadn’t noticed that I’d just carried Martha’s bag up a flight of stairs from the condo. Ahh, the joys of traveling with family, but seriously, we all get along great.)
On the way to the airport, we passed a bunch of whale watchers . . .
. . . who were undoubtedly delighted, as was I, to see this:
This was the view as our flight took off from lush Maui . . .
. . . and this was the view as we were landing on the lava-covered “Big Island”:
Did you know that the largest of the Hawaiian islands is actually called Hawaii? To avoid confusion, it has been nicknamed “Big Island.” This is where we’ll be staying for the next few days.
As we waited for a shuttle to the car rental place, I noticed a man wearing a Royals shirt behind me . . .
. . . and a guy wearing a Giants cap in front:
Baseball essence in Hawaii — I love it!
Here’s the vehicle that we rented . . .
. . . and here’s an unusual sign that I saw on the side of the road:
Banana virus quarantine area?!
What the hell is THAT all about?
We stopped in a supermarket, where Martha and I photographed poi . . .
. . . and eventually made it to the condo:
Here’s what the kitchen and main area looks like . . .
. . . and here’s the room that Martha and I are sharing:
At around 5pm, we took an hourlong drive into the surprisingly vast mountains . . .
. . . and ended up at a restaurant called Merriman’s in a town called Waimea:
If you look closely at the photo above, you can see Martha waving in the doorway.
The three of us started with salads and shared this egg/lamb appetizer:
For my main course, I had seared ahi:
I’ll spare you photos of dessert. All I’ll say is that my eating is out of control, and I’m probably gaining at least half a pound per day on this trip.
More soon . . .