We spent the day visiting art galleries and gift shops, stopping at various vantage places and just hanging out. It was beautifully sunny over there. I said to a clerk in one gallery that it has rained everyday since I arrived, and she looked surprised for a minute, then said, "Oh, you must be on the other side of the island." Yes, indeed. We've had sun most days, but it has rained at least an hour or so, and at least lightly, every day.
It did me good to get out and get some sunshine. I was really beginning to feel cooped up. It doesn't take me long to begin feeling antsy when it is cloudy. I was able to find some souvenirs for the grandkids and my kids, too. I found a bracelet for myself with a nacre-shell piece that matches some earrings I have at home. I also found a pair of Tahitian pearl earring to go with a necklace I have at home, but I had to pass when I learned the price was over $600!! Eeks!! I also bought a CD of some nice Hawai'ian music, sort of a cross between local instrumental and jazz. I hope to find a couple of CD that are contemporary Hawai'ian vocals with harmony. Some was playing where we ate lunch today, and it was so pleasant. I'll enjoy listening to that and remembering this trip for a long time. :)
|This volcano was complete socked in with smog the day I arrived. It was good to see it peeking out from behind clouds today.|
|That's a little tug boat on the left pulling in a big barge loaded with, well, with something! Who knows.|
|This is a "crown flower." It's hard to see, hard to photograph because of the light color. There are several blossoms, each forming a crown with cute little curlicues.|
|This is one of those heiaos, or temples of the ancients. We came back later to see it, and we missed closing by less than five minutes!|
|On the way home, we admired the sunrays reaching through the clouds. So pretty!|
|Back on the east side, we stopped at a beach park. It was pouring rain!!|
|See the choppy waters?|
|Raindrops were dimpling the waters.|
|You can see how it was raining by the wet windshield. I snapped this as soon as the wiper "cleared" it!|
At a shopping center was this cool fountain. I've seen these before, but somehow this one seemed cooler than usual. Much fun to watch!
Tomorrow we are going to Hilo. There is a pretty good chance it will be raining, but we are going anyway. We figure unless there is a flood, it will be raining here at the house, too, and it will be more fun to be in shops and markets than in this house! I'm looking forward to it. The big farmer's market is there, and many other shops we've talked about. the drive should be pretty, too, especially if the rain isn't must pouring.
Tonight the rain has been hard and the winds very strong. Apparently there was a little sunshine while we were gone, because there was a little hot water to shower when we got home.The water is solar heated, so having some sun each day is very important! Each of us took a less-than-five-minutes shower, since the water wasn't really very hot. Probably no morning showers!
My time here is drawing close to an end. I have Saturday, Sunday and Monday. That's it. I fly home on Tuesday, will spend the night in a hotel and my friends will pick me up on Wednesday to take me home. I hate to leave and it will be good to be home. Always a dichotomy, isn't it?
OK, off to bed! Early day tomorrow as the trip is a two hour drive, and there is much to do while there!