I was completely taken aback by the brown dust, which now filled my view as we approached Phoenix. The Blue Ridge Mountains I was accustomed to seeing in my home state of North Carolina had grown exponentially, and were now dusted in a deep red-brown.
This seemingly mundane occurrence brought me such elation simply because it was new to me. I think this is the core of my coming experience: I will be immersed in a new, unfamiliar lifestyle performing tasks I have never executed, all in a location I have never been before. This unfamiliarity serves as the impetus for the thrill and excitement that will soon follow as I embark deeper on my journey. How so? Because although the unfamiliar may be uncomfortable to us at times, it presents the opportunity for us to learn; to become more skilled in areas we never knew possible, to connect with others in ways we have never experienced, and most importantly to grow and become more well-versed as individuals.
After over 14 hours of traveling , I finally made it to Kona. Flying in along the black, porous coastline of volcanic rock and touching down on the equally dark runway made it clear that The Big Island was the “newest” of all the Hawaiian Islands. While the coast of Kona has a desert-like climate, the weather at Sunshower Farms is a stark contrast. Fifteen minutes up into the mountains the mornings are sunny and in the 80s, afternoons are cloudy/rainy and in the 70s, and the nights get nice and cool, around the 60s, perfect sleeping weather. With the incredible weather and scenic views, it’s absolutely surreal being here.
The first couple of days we’ve done work in the morning which, so far, has entailed cleaning the bunny cage and chicken coup, trimming the dead leaves off the banana trees, and taking down a huge fence line for the soon-to-be coffee fields. This has left us the afternoon to explore some of the beaches. Below I’ve posted lots of pictures of where I’m staying, some of the chores we’ve done, and places we’ve visited.