Hawaii Day 3 {Papaya picking, black sands beach, more turtles, and some volcano madness}

Getting breakfast from the Papaya tree! :)

Getting breakfast from the Papaya tree! 🙂

So today was a bit cloudy and chilly so we decided we should take advantage of that and go up to the volcano! So we hopped in the car and drove the 2.5 hour drive up to the top of the volcano.

They're so cute together! Papaya picking!

They’re so cute together! Papaya picking!

Lily got a bit car sick so we had to make our first unplanned stop but it was perfect because we got to pick some papayas off a tree while waiting for Lily’s tummy to settle. YAY FOR FRESH PICKED PAPAYAS!

Back in the car…but you can’t drive very far in Kona, Hawaii without stopping at a coffee farm! So we had a wee stop, some coffee and macadamia nuts. Brilliant stop over!

The drive up to the coffee farm :)

The drive up to the coffee farm 🙂

Running down to the turtles at Black Sands Beach

Running down to the turtles at Black Sands Beach

So we continued on…it was about lunch time so we stopped over at Black Sands

A turtle gettin his tan on!

A turtle gettin his tan on!

Beach on the South Coast. Black sands is where there are loads and loads of sea turtles. We saw 4! One of them was hauled up onto the beach getting his tan on 😉

crazy times...

crazy times…

Up to the volcano we went! It was pretty cold once we got to the top. Not cold enough to regret wearing shorts though! 😉 We had a little hike up to the rim of the volcano and around the steam vents. It was a bit creepy seeing “earth cracks” and realizing that if you fell down one you would eventually land in hot lava!!! Such crazy times 😉 We hiked through Thurston Lava Tube which is a massive lava tube! Another wee hike then back in the car. Lots of walking today, we’re tired!!!

At a steam vent :)

At a steam vent 🙂

Doing our Erupting Volcano imitation ;)

Doing our Erupting Volcano imitation 😉

Near the rim of the volcano

Near the rim of the volcano

Jumping High 5!
Jumping High 5!

Earth Crack!

Earth Crack!

Thurston Lava Tube

Thurston Lava Tube

The rim of the volcano!!!!

The rim of the volcano!!!!

Lily was totally prepared to go into the lava tubes with her head lamp, what a cutie ;)

Lily was totally prepared to go into the lava tubes with her head lamp, what a cutie 😉

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