I can’t think of any better way to escape the winter doldrums than to head to a warm and beautiful tropical paradise. Dave and I just returned home from such a place, the Big Island of Hawaii. We stayed at Art & Orchids Bed and Breakfast in Kea’au, south of Hilo. True to their word, the B&B has hundreds of orchids all over their beautiful gardens. Hosts Markie and Jerry provided a very comfortable garden room, delicious breakfasts with exotic tropical fruits, and lots of helpful info about enjoying the local sites. There were dozens of orchid plants blooming on their grounds while we were there, but Markie told me that most everything comes into bloom in spring, so that’s the absolute peak for orchid lovers. We took zillions of pictures around the island, and I’ll have plenty more in future posts. For now, I’ll start with a few orchid pictures from the B&B’s own gardens.
It was an extra special time to be in Hawaii, as we joined the state in celebrating the inauguration of its native-son, President Obama. As ardent environmentalists, we are hopeful that our new President’s policies will help to heal the damage we have inflicted, and help to preserve orchids and other joys of the earth. And if you’d like to escape a cold, gray winter, we can highly recommend a stay at Art & Orchids.
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