Headed to Hilo

May 24, 2016 – We definitely enjoyed our time in Waimea.  The area is beautiful and quiet, and had great food – just what we were looking for. We stopped by our go-to coffee shop for a final bagel and coffee breakfast before heading towards the rainy (read: lush but humid) side of the island….

Waipi’o and Pololu Valleys

May 23, 2016 – Another morning, another coffee and bagel breakfast.  Tony stuck with his classic egg and bacon sandwich with avocado, while Louisa tried sea salt and coconut butter, as well as local lettuce, tomato, and onion, on a parmesan bagel.  It was fantastic, as were the espresso drinks. After breakfast we headed to…

Hiking (part of) Mauna Kea

May 22, 2016 – After breakfast on the deck we headed towards Saddle Road and Mauna Kea.  The road going to the top is four wheel drive only, which means we parked at the visitor center, filled out the appropriate wavers (side note – this trail really isn’t that tough to follow, so not sure what…

North Hawaii Sites

May 21, 2016 – We started our day with great espresso drinks and bagels (and avocado) at the Waimea Coffee Company.  They don’t have a ton of tables, but we had no problem finding a spot to eat outside.  Tony enjoyed an everything bagel with egg, cheese, bacon, and avocado, while Louisa had an everything bagel…

Big Island Arrival – Kona and Waimea

May 20, 2016 – Our flight to the Big Island (Kona), via CA, left at 7am Friday morning.  That gave us time to get breakfast at Einstein’s Bagels in Boise, and a (much better) coffee fueled breakfast from Peet’s Coffee in San Francisco.  Peet’s has a new iced drink with sweetened condensed milk and coconut…

Las Vegas to Death Valley

April 24, 2016 – We wanted to experience a buffet in Las Vegas, and decided to enjoy the breakfast buffet at Red Rocks.  The buffet was quite good, with hash, eggs Benedict, very good doughnuts, fruit, pastries, and of course, coffee and juice. After breakfast we thought we would do some exploring at Red Rocks…

Lake Powell and Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

April 23, 2016 – Today’s adventure was another driving trip, this time through Lake Powell and over to Vermilion Cliffs.  Lake Powell was beautiful, with a nice dam and a few hiking trails.  First we stopped at Ranch House Grille in Page, AZ for breakfast.  Their coffee was nice and strong, and we got pork green chile…