Hawaii, the Big Island, the largest island, the youngest island, still in the process of creation. It is so awesome to think that humans have dared to build their homes and cities so close to Kiliawa, home of the fire godess Pele, a volcano still alive, slowly spilling its lava down its sides, lava that slides down and disappears into the ocean. The most spectacular views of the big island can be seen only by helicopter, and David had the opportunity to do this. We decided that he would go in this helicopter ride by himself, since we had already scheduled another helicopter ride in Kawaii. So I had the opportunity to enjoy our nice hotel room and its balcony, having it all to myself for an afternoon.
There is nothing like listening to the ocean. No two waves sound the same. I had a great afternoon sitting on the balcony having lunch and then slowly enjoying a bar of Lindt dark chocolate as I sat and listened to the ocean right beneath me. And the birds, the ever present birds! So many of them, so many lovely songs, they provided the perfect accompaniment to the crashing of the waves on the lava rocks.