Kona Vacation: Nearly as strong as an Ironman

Recently I took at trip to Kona, HI where I spent my time laying on the beach, seeing the local sights and enjoying the tasty eats. This relaxing vacation was a delightful break from my day-to-day stresses and completely different than my Moab trip taken not too long ago.

I had alot of down time by myself as the group I accompanied were all scuba divers who were out on the boat most days and even during the night.  During this alone time I had the luxury of clearing my head and thinking about my upcoming adventures. I couldn’t help but

I couldn’t help but day dream of all the triathlete competitors as I drove down Ali Dr. which runs through the most touristy part of town and ends at the Ironman race finish line.  Ali Dr. also has the most accessible vantage points in town so I visited every day.  I found comfort watching the athletes in training run along the road as it made me feel like I was home but I couldn’t help but wonder about the strength each

I found comfort watching the athletes in training run along the road as it made me feel like I was home but I couldn’t help but wonder about the strength each ironman competitor possesses to finish a race like that.  Strength is a quality I possess but recently I have felt like I’m at a fork in the road and haven’t the strength to make a decision on how to move forward.  I’ve felt stuck not knowing which road to choose.  And still haven’t decided but being in the place where thousands of the world’s

I’ve felt stuck not knowing which road to choose.  And still haven’t decided but being in the place where thousands of the world’s most strongest athletes have assembled, I felt inspired to take steps to move forward.

My Kona trip was the first time I have visited the Big Island.

I left on a Friday, traveled for 7.5 hours by air before arriving in paradise.  During my twenties I had never wanted to take trips to Hawaii but after my first trip to the island of Maui nearly two years ago, I have dreamed of days laying out on the beach, wearing bikini tops and drinking cold Mai Tais.

I love everything about Hawaii!  The vegetation is what I dream of first; flowering trees and assortment of palms.  Then of course the ocean, waves, beaches and fish you find by snorkeling in the warm water.

During this trip I had the luxury of seeing Hawaiian lava flow/rocks and actually visit the youngest Hawaiian volcano, Kilauea. At 4500 feet above sea level, the Volcanoes National Park offers dozens of hiking trails and unique vistas.  You even get the chance to see actual magma.  However, it was too foggy to see the magma when we visited and too windy to hike especially wearing a tank top and shorts.

Kona was also unique to Maui as I got to see black sand beaches and ziplining over a three tier waterfall.  If you take a trip to Kona, definitely make the trip over to the other side of the island and visit Hilo to go ziplining with Umauma Experience.

Until the next time…

Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park

 

black sand beach

 

black sand beach with ocean

 

Sunset in Kona

 

Ali drive Kona HI

 

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plumeria flower kona hi

 

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