As the final days of our adventure were coming to a close I was growing more anxious to see a waterfall. I wanted so badly to explore a waterfall so I googled the best waterfalls to go see. We went and saw two in particular. I was really hoping to go swimming at some falls but the google searches came back pretty fruitless in that area. Peepee falls was the one that left us with the most memories and me with a dead phone in the end. July first we celebrated Canada Day in Hawaii with our red “Canada” shirts that Jeffrey had conveniently packed for us and ice cream at McDonalds. We then ventured to Peepee falls. There was a nice little overlook that the tourists were looking at the waterfall from but we noticed that the locals were climbing their way down a steep embankment down to the boiling pots and then trekking their way to swim by the waterfall itself. I was so excited! We may be able to swim at some falls after all. So we slipped our way down to the boiling pots and explored for a bit, determining that we would definitely come back the next day and actually go swimming up to the falls.
After exploring the falls we hiked back up the steep hill and from there drove to another waterfall. To our disappointment that one was privately owned by a small hotel so we were not allowed to go down and see it unless we were guests. Within the next few days we relaxed on our cute little swing under our treehouse, got ice cream, walked a little mall, and then spontaneously decided to go to rainforest zoo. Jeffrey loves parrots and little birds of that type. This Zoo was full of birds! It was so neat going to a zoo in a climate that is mainly warm because they had different kinds of animals then we would have up here in Canada. I saw an ant eater for the first time. It was surprisingly free that day so it turned into a cheap and cool experience. Oh and they had a few donkeys… my heart went home… I sometimes miss my childhood and anxiously waiting for a baby donkey to be born so I could raise it.
Back to Peepee falls. We attempted the swim to the falls. When I say attempted I mean we turned back before finishing the journey. I guess swimming lessons were a few more years ago then I realized. To get to the falls you had to swim across two pools of water. It turned out to be a overcast and sorta rainy day; the water was fairly cold. I got in deciding to take my phone with me because I really wanted pictures! My phone got hyperthermia and died. Lol actually water got in my water resistant phone. It all turned out fine in the end once we got back to canada. Yes dad, I AM DONE WITH KILLING PHONES WITH WATER! (I may have a history) It was really exhilarating to swim in the current driven water (and do something our parents probably wouldn’t have condonded if they had seen the water.) Although we were completely out of steam by the time we climbed up the rock to the second pool. So after resting there for 10 or so minutes we let the current sweep us back to the rock face we had climbed down to the water on. I was kinda bummed that I didn’t get to swim up to the waterfall, but I was really proud of Jeffrey and I for conquering that first pool of water.
I learned to golf in Hawaii! Yup I can golf now! It is fun to play sports with my husband were we both enjoy ourselves (although we enjoy most sports together.) We golfed on a green with palm trees and little rodents playing around the trees. It was such a great experience. All to soon it was time to go home. Hawaii airport is open air in Kona. Our rental car owner got a friend to drive us to the airport and in talking with him we realized he was a Christian and a missionary kid! His parents helped start a YWAM base in Haiti, and that is where he grew up. It was such a great way to end our time in Hawaii. Hawaii seems like a very spiritual places with churches everywhere, yet it seemed to still have a lot of native culture within it. Kristian seemed like a very genuine guy.
Off we flew back home. 36 hours of travel later we were picked up by my brother-in-law in Winnipeg. We fell into our bed that night and slept a solid 12 hours. So glad to be home!