|Spencer Beach Park|
Before we went to Hawaii, Sue had discovered that there was a very nice community pool in Pahoa, so we headed there one morning to swim a few laps. Unfortunately, it was cloudy and drizzly, and the pool was unheated, so we were pretty chilly. After we dried off and warmed up, we headed into Hilo to check out the shopping mall and see if we could find a place there for Sophie to play. We had a great time! We ate lunch at the Maui Taco Company, which was fantastic, and then Sophie had a chance to play in a big playground with all kinds of inflatable slides and bouncing areas. Keegan and I did a little shopping, and when we were almost finished Sophie and I took a ride on the mall train. Sophie was thrilled.
|Riding on the train at the Hilo mall|
|Beautiful sunset at the old Kaimu Beach|
|With Steve overlooking hot lava flowing into the ocean|
We also had a chance to do a much, much easier walk to see Akaka Falls, a tall waterfall cascading into lush green rainforest.
By this time, our trip was winding down, but we still had a lot more fun to cram in. Keegan and his parents discovered an amazing hot pond, accessible only by Jeep. It was toasty warm and a great place for snorkeling and swimming.
|Keegan ready to swim at the tidal pool|
Mom, Dad, Keegan and I heard about a New Year's Day Fun Run in Hilo, so the first day of 2012 saw us suited up in our running gear, ready to push Sophie in her stroller for a 5k run. Keegan darted ahead of all of us with the stroller, and we all followed on a nice course along the bay. After we finished, we walked out to Coconut Island to wade in the cool water, and then we spent the late morning/afternoon at the Richardson Beach Park. It was a relaxing, fun way to end our trip.
|Starting the new year right at Coconut Island|
|Runners and one rider after the New Year's 5k in Hilo|