Monday, January 24, 2011

The Big Island of Hawaii

I have wanted to go to Hawaii for quite sometime, specifically to the Big Island. David finally relented and we planned a trip, just the 2 of us for a week. When we told people we were going to the Big Island, many of them were unfamiliar with that particular Island and typically assumed we were going to Oahu. So if you are unfamiliar with The Big Island, it is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands and the furthest south. It is not Oahu. Why the Big Island? Throughout the world there exists 13 climate zones. These zones create rainforests, deserts, grass plains, snowy mountains, volcano's, and so on. On the Big Island there are 11 of the 13 climate zones. All located on one Island, that really is not too big.

We hoped to stay in a timeshare rental through Grandma's membership, but oddly we couldn't find one available. It wasn't that busy, so I am at a loss why none were available. Since we had to pay to stay there we decided that instead of staying in just one place and spend longer days traveling to see it all; we decided to spend half the week in the southern half of the Island, and the other half on the Northern end of the Island. I found a couple Bed and Breakfasts online to stay at rather than some huge resort. We really enjoyed the nice and private accomodations, and since I am a sucker for good food, the gourmet breakfasts were a fabulous way to start each day.

Since we have been flying alot over the last year we had racked up a decent amount of miles in the Untied mileage program. While we haven't yet used them at all yet, they certainly paid off in status on this trip. We were upgraded to first class both on the flight there and back for free.

The following posts are the highlights from our trip. We had a great time even though we didn't lay around on the beach at all. There was so much to see and do. Our friends, loaned us an indepth travel book "the Big Island Revealed" that was full of adventures and things to see on the Island. I can't wait to go back someday with the kids.

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