While my sister was here visiting us for three weeks, we wanted to show her places she had not visited during her previous visits to our island...so last Sunday we planned a small, sort of impromptu picnic to the Kalōpā Native Forest State Park and Recreation Area (off Hwy 19 (the Beltline Road) near MM 40 between Pa'auilo and Honoka'a), a temperate forest area many people compare to the Pacific Northwest.
The past couple of weeks have been hotter than usual in our area and we thought going up to the 2000 foot elevation park location would provide a little bit of respite (our house does not have AC)...it was nice and slightly overcast up there, and even when the sun would peek through every once in a while, it was very pleasant.
To read and see photos of another picnic several years ago at KalopaState Park, click HERE
This time we didn't hike the trails...and in consideration of our (older) bodies, we found a picnic table under an old ʻŌhiʻa tree
We had celebrated the Fourth with friends (more about this on a later post) but being the next day, we decided to keep the 4th celebration going.
Two different salads, roasted chicken, ham, cheese, cream cheese with zippy ginger or guava jam, three kinds of chips (in the little buckets), guacamole, bananas and fresh sliced tomatoes... and sugar cane juice mixed with ginger ale to drink.
After our lunch we got out the cards and played "Spite & Malice" for a couple of hours, until a few little drops of rain started falling...we cleared out hoping to not get all of our stuff wet, but the rain that looked ominous did not materialize.
...but in the meantime...a good time was had by all!