Hawaii: Sunset hike

I am finding to my surprise that I enjoy life in this small town. It’s true there’s not much to do here as far as cultural events and shopping, but the food is good, the population diverse, the people almost embarrassingly nice, and everything feels peaceful.

Then of course there’s the landscape. There’s a sizable hill just up the street from our apartment, though rain and winds have kept us from exploring it much. A couple of weekends ago, our friend Angela came to stay with us for a few days, and since weather allowed, we went up to the hill just before sunset.

The hill is an almost cartoonishly pretty sight. We admire it every time we see it.

Picture-perfect green hill, blue sky

Path on grassy hillside

Angela and Erik walking

All the rolling grassland around here is ranch property. In one place we were startled to find a cow skull. “I wonder where the rest of it is,” we said, and Angela joked, “Maybe we’re standing on it.” Then we saw a few more whitened bones lying in the grass near a cow-sized mound.

Cow skull in the grass

As the sun neared the horizon, everything took on tints of gold, peach, and pink.

Path through sun-setting hillside

Angela and Erik walking on hillside as sun goes down

Silhouetted tree and rocky hillside
We found a decent vantage point and stood and watched the ball of light drop toward the ocean.

Setting sun at the horizon
Sunset through silhouetted treetops

Setting sun

Sunset framed dramatically in black and grey

“Good night, sun!” we told it, and headed home. The gold was out of the landscape now and everything had that clear grey cast of just after sunset (or just before sunrise).

Hillside after sunset

We trotted back to our street before it got chilly enough to make us shiver, and ended our evening with dinner and the hot tub.

The next day was Saturday, and we spent it checking out the attractions of both small town and Big Island: the annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival, followed by snorkeling/diving with manta rays. That’ll be my next post. 🙂


10 responses to “Hawaii: Sunset hike

  1. Beautiful photos. I would never have thought of Hawaii as chilly. I have this mental image of the place as tropical and always warm. Loved the hill photos. I expected to see hobbits and elves and dwarves trotting through…

    • Thank you, Lisa! I’ve learned, since getting here, just how much geography affects climate in Hawaii. It’s definitely not just warm and tropical in my mind now either! (In fact, today there’s a wind advisory out for the entire island (gale warning at the coast), so we changed outdoor plans and are staying in, listening to the roar.

    • Thanks, Alan! It’s especially dreamy-looking here around sunset, which I think is a combination of the sun-and-mist atmosphere I noticed in the Scottish Highlands as well, and the epic landscape (which reminds me a lot of Iceland, oddly enough). 🙂

    • Hehe. Strangely enough I didn’t have that thought, even though I felt the hills of Scotland and Iceland were very fairylike! Maybe it’s because this area reminds me a lot of California… to me it doesn’t have the same mystical otherness. 😉

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