Kona is just a small town on Hawaii’s Big Island. Of course it is famous as the only place in USA where coffee is grown commercially. Our visit was just for the day, and we mostly stayed pretty close to the ship so that Talia and Milo could return for their daily nap.
We stopped for a day in Hilo, Hawaii, a small town on the Big Island. It was raining all day, but we got off the boat and had a walk around the town anyway.
Hilo typically receives 278 rain days per year, and it is the wettest city in USA, receiving 130 inches of rain per year – so I guess the weather wasn’t very surprising. On the other side of the island is the town of Kona, which we will visit in two days. Kona gets very little rain and more than 300 sunny days per year, so we hope for better weather there.
The Volendam is a small to mid size cruise ship. It takes 1400 passengers and 600 crew and we are virtually full to capacity. It still feels spacious though, with plenty of areas for the passengers to disperse. We are on a 23 day cruise from L.A. to Sydney, stopping in Hawaii, American Samoa, Samoa, New Caledonia, Eden (Australia) and Sydney.
We are on board the ship right now. Internet access has been spotty (satellite issues) and expensive ($$ issues), so we’ve been offline for most of the time. More info about the ship coming real soon.
In the mean time, if you were wondering what it is like to travel 7,000+ miles around USA by road but never had the time to do it, here’s a quick 3 minute version that will give you an idea of what it’s (kind of) like…
Tomorrow is our last day in the RV. We will arrive in or near Los Angeles and then we have a busy few days arranging to sell the RV and also offload all it’s contents. After that we prepare to board the ship on Saturday.
There probably won’t be any updates here for some time, until things settle down a bit, this is going to be a busy few days ahead. We’ll get you all caught up down the track a bit.
In the mean time if you have been at all inspired and would like to make your own journey, consider buying Harvey the RV, which is for sale at a wholesale price. It only has 45k miles. This is your last chance!
From Santa Fe, another long drive – this time into Arizona. Our final destination, Seligman, is a town in the middle of the desert, and we only chose this for logistical reasons – half way to Los Angeles.
We took a rest day today in Santa Fe.
The main purpose of this whole RV trip is to visit family and friends, so that’s why we stop in certain places and miss other things completely. At this stage, every day ahead of us is allocated, and we have just enough time to make it to LA and board our ship. We maximized the time on the East Coast, as well as a few stops here and there on the way over and back. This trip back to LA is intentionally a fast one. We’ve even stooped to the low level of just using the interstates which I dissed in an earlier post. But, you gotta do what you gotta do, and so we are doing it – and that ship won’t wait for us. So hopefully that explains the speed of the journey so far. But one of the stops we had planned from the start was one in Santa Fe to see Malachi and family.
We spent the day today with Jody’s cousin Kevin and son Malachi, who was featured in a previous post as we also saw them in Connecticut. Shakti, Malachi’s mom, was working all day so we only saw her briefly.
Not really any photos to share except these snapped from an iPhone from a breakfast we shared.
Sometimes we stay at KOA campgrounds, and sometimes these KOA’s try to compete with other campgrounds by offering various special “attractions” to try to draw people in – especially people like us, who are suckers for this type of marketing. (warning, previous sentence may contain sarcasm, reader’s discretion is advised).
At this particular KOA they had a jumping pillow, which is something like a trampoline. The kids loved it. The pillow is large and all sides are buried into the ground. Underneath they pump in air. So you climb on top and start jumping on the pillow, and this is what it loos like…
Milo, the birthday boy today, spent his birthday mostly in his carseat. Swimming in Juju’s pool and eating blue cupcakes is but a distant memory now as the Texas heat takes hold.
From the musical, Oklahoma! (circa 1955)
(video: 1 min 43 sec)
We are getting about as close as we’ll get to the middle of America. As I write this we are in Oklahoma, near Oklahoma City. It is hot – very hot. The temp topped out at 105 F today (that’s 41 Celsius). Nobody is bursting into song like the guy in the above video. Hot winds blew in from the South all afternoon, it was like being in a blast furnace. In the RV we ran the generator as we traveled, so that we could run the main air conditioner as well as the one built into the dash, neither could keep up with the heat. There were wild fires in Oklahoma City suburbs and we were diverted off the highway due to low visibility. Numerous suburbs were evacuated. But we pressed on and made it to safe ground for the night, we are a long way from those fires now.
I didn’t think to mention it until now but we’ve definitely been in the Bible Belt for some time. Ever since we entered Virginia, we’ve noticed a staggering number of churches of all descriptions, not to mention many billboards with Christian themes, billboards promoting the various churches, and a plethora of Christian radio stations to choose from. In fact between Christian radio and Country music, there’s not much room on the dial for anything else.