This week’s Sunday Still’s theme “Tropical,” reminded me of my own first trip to Hawaii, to the Big Island to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.
I was immediately in love.
Not just because it was my anniversary.
And in spite of the fact that it was raining heavily in Hilo and I get enough of that in my hometown of Seattle.
I was smitten with the island because it was warm and lush and fragrant and all I hoped Hawaii would be.
It was on that first trip that we took the scenic drive north to Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden at Onomea Bay.
and walked the paths though tropical foliage, swallowed up by giant plants that dwarfed us;
and stopped to enjoy a tropical waterfall,
and beautiful orchids,
and flowers I have long since forgotten the names of,
until we ended up at Onomea Bay and I almost had to pinch myself that I was really there.
There have been many trips to Hawaii since, and all were wonderful, but the first will remain in my memory as the most special.
And as I plan the next trip to the Big Island – this time to celebrate our 37th Anniversary – I will make sure it includes a stop at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on the northeast side of the island and lovely Onomea Bay.
I can hardly wait. 🙂