Arriving in the Big Island, Volcano Village Lodge - Day 4 - Saturday
It was bittersweet saying goodbye to Oahu. We have great memories and I will always remember our view of Diamond Head and the beach. However, we’re off to part 2 of our amazing Hawaiian vacation so I’m excited about that.
Tim and I are definitely in a vacation state of mind. So much so that we forgot to remove a corkscrew and large bottles of suntan lotion from our luggage. We, of course, got flagged by security and were properly embarrassed. The woman in security was so nice. She transferred both contraband articles to our suitcases that had already been checked.
Retrieving our luggage in the Big Island was easy but broke my heart a little. On this first short (40 minute) island-hopping flight, our luggage had been beaten like a bongo drum….torn apart by the seams, literally. (I wonder if that was security getting back at us?) My lovely pink suitcase suffered a mishap and is ripped at the seams. With 8 more flights to take, I don’t think my suitcase will survive and we will need to shop in Hilo to replace it. Oh well, we’re on vacation. Big smile.
Hawaii Island is an incredible collection of many diverse micro-environments, each with its own weather. You can travel through all but two of the world’s different climate zones on Hawaii ranging from Wet Tropical to Polar Tundra, a result of the shielding effect and elevations of the massive volcanoes Maunakea and Maunaloa.
Arriving at the rainforest we were met by a cold mist. The temperature was a cool 58 degrees. That’s downright chilly for this Florida girl and quite different from Oahu.
In an earlier post, I blogged about the Volcano Village Lodge in the town of Volcano. The lodge is a luxury resort, with only 5 rooms (cabins). It bills itself as being “for people who want more out of life than a whirlwind tour of the island. Wake up in peace and beauty. Stroll through our lush garden trails and giant fern leaves… look up at the native ohia trees, and be delighted by the wild and delicate orchids on the trees.”
We arrived at about 6:30 pm, at dusk, and after walking down the short path and around the beautiful winding staircases and platforms, we were at our cabin called Kilauea, after the volcano. First order of businesss…start the gas fireplace. Fortunately, the room warmed up quickly.
I snapped a few pictures of the room and, as you can see, it’s gorgeous, luxurious, and surrounded by nature. I’m not sure that the pictures do it justice as it was getting dark…I’ll surely get more tomorrow. No telephone service, no cable service, and spotty Internet wireless (and you can only access it if you’re standing in the right place in the bathroom (lol)). I’ll do my best.
Our next day here includes exploring the grounds, the Volcano National Park (only one mile away) and a helicopter tour of the volcano. Sweet!