I ran about 4 miles – to the public lava viewing area in Kalapana and back. I came home a sweaty mess. Literally drenched from head to toe. (My forearms and calves were sweating!) Gorgeous.
Later in the day, Court and I packed a picnic lunch and 4×4′d down into the coconut palm forest. Avocados are in season right now, and are ridiculously inexpensive. (25 cents – from a fruit stand or farmers market.) They’re so soft and buttery, and don’t require any ‘fork mashing’ preparation – just scoop and spread. (I already have plans to make an avocado ‘cream’ sauce for pasta this week!)
My version of egg salad: 2 eggs, mustard, salt & pepper, goat cheese, sliced olives and green onion. Topped with sprouts and lettuce.
With the exception of two hikers on the lava cliffs, we didn’t see anyone else for the entire afternoon. That’s one of the things I love about the Big Island; you rarely feel overcrowded or overwhelmed by tourists. I think a lot of people miss out on some of the best things to see and do when visiting. I’ve found myself saying “Think about how many people don’t even know about this!” numerous times.
On our way home, we stopped by a fruit stand and picked up 10 rambutan, 2 avocados, 1 large guava, 2 huge limes (the size of small oranges) and a lilikoi for a whopping $3. Filled the cars glove box right up!
I LOVE LILIKOI! Sweet, gooey, juicy nectar.
Our dinner plans to eat at the Kalapana farmers market changed once it started to torrential downpour, and decided to drive to Pahoa instead. After turning to my Bible, Trip Advisor for dining advice, we chose an Italian bistro (best decision ever, but more about that later.)
Before leaving Kaimu, we stopped by the market to pick up pineapple, and as usual, Court and I lost control at the sight of fresh produce. Help us!
Within 2 minutes we had:
3 ‘Ice Cream’ bananas
4 heirloom tomatoes
1 lb green beans
3/4 lb ahi poke
We have two days to eat mostly everything before the weekend markets!