On the Road

I have traveled around a fair bit in my life. Warm places, nice places, scummy places and cold places. When you get out of your norm and are armed with a cheapo camera; you can amass a wonderful collection of pictures.

Here are a few and some musings about them:

Hawaii, Hawaii

That's lava, Joe!!

That’s lava, Joe!!

Me on an area that was created by the force of the floor of the volcano buckling and pushing together.

Me on an area that was created by the force of the floor of the volcano buckling and pushing together.

Joe and I were sitting around in his apartment and decided that since the waves sucked, that we should hop on a flight to the big island. Once there we decided to visit the Volcano National Park to climb Mt. Kilauea. The first part of the day we did something adventurous. We hiked down the trails onto the floor of the cone and then crossed it. The other side was not as steep because an eruption had blown out one side of the rim. So we hiked up that side to the rim and then hiked all the way around to the side where the car was through the rain forest.

The second phase involved us driving down to sea level and we hiked out onto the lava fields. Out there we found petroglyphs that had been carved into the rocks by the ancient Hawaiians. The land was so barren and the wind was strong and I could not imagine a group of people doing this on foot. I also reflected on how many eruptions occurred and yet they all missed this area. A person’s story of their journey in the islands was preserved for me to see centuries later.

A story book

A story book


Maui, Hawaii

Some random photos from several visits.

It's easy to get to. A short drive down a fun country road.

It’s easy to get to. A short drive down a fun country road.

Let’s establish one thing right off the bat. I HATE heights! So imagine the joy I felt driving through winding mountains on this TWO lane road with no guard rail. I did, between having cars squeeze by us, manage to jump out and take a picture of us on the road.

Alex up in the mountains

Alex up in the mountains

No comment!

No comment!

Once again…I hate heights!! So this was another personal joy to get a photograph from a cliff with 40 knot winds blowing at you. How high up we were? I don’t care to guess.

A fun surf spot

A fun surf spot

I love this spot in the valley on Maui. There is a better wave over to the right out of the picture that I surf. The next photo is of the food stand that a person has located out in the middle of nowhere. What a life!


Alex just wandering around.

Alex just wandering around.

Puerto Rico

ps_2013_11_08___13_40_49We came to this bay and the water was so clear. Later, I swam out to the reef that was in about 20 feet of water and dove down around the coral to see the fish and other marine life. So clear that a mask was not needed.



Close to the same bay, we found a place to get some sleep. Yes folks! This our deluxe and high quality hotel room! We also enjoyed some great meals while the chickens scurried between our feet. Country living!

That’s all folks!


About 1stpeaksteve

Welcome to The Side Wedge! The Side Wedge is a product of the journey through life of Steve Zima. Former professional surfer, a writer, surf coach, and hospitality manager. This is a collection of travel tips, motivation, and stories from my past. Finally, I offer surf coaching through The Side Wedge. Please feel free to contact me with questions if you want to improve your performance today! Thanks for reading!
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One Response to On the Road

  1. Jessica says:

    Love it! Great pics. You’ve definitely been a beach boy all your life. 😉

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