Here are a couple of things you might not know:
Hawaii is beautiful.
Hawaii is one wonderful place to spend three weeks in the middle of winter.
Oh, you knew that already?
Of course you did.
Hawaii, of course, is not exactly off the beaten track. We did, however, find a little house to rent in the tiny town of Hawi, on the Big Island, and just returned from three glorious weeks of watching whales, hiking in rainforests, and hanging out on gorgeous beaches. It was heaven.
The little house:
and the walk to the ocean cliffs that we took each day from the little house:
But the whales! The whales were the unexpected bonus. I knew that the humpback whales migrate from Alaska to the waters off of Maui and the Big Island to breed and have their babies, but I didn’t realize that we’d be able to watch them every day from shore, or that they would be so wonderfully entertaining. The first morning we walked to the cliffs, and we were stunned by the number of whales we saw breaching:
and flapping their flippers, and spouting…
The best, though, was the day we saw whales breaching all around a small sailboat. I kept my camera focused on the sailboat, hoping that a whale would breach close enough to get them both in in the frame, and….
Success! Can you imagine being the guy in that little boat?