Monday, November 26, 2007

Hawaiian Highlights

Three days in Oahu, four days in Kauai, and four more days at my sister's house in Arizona for the Thanksgiving holiday. It feels like forever since we've been home. After a total of six separate departures, landings, and security checks, I have very few complaints as our flights all took off and arrived on schedule and kept all of our luggage in tact. My only nagging question is why my brand new 10 oz. bottle of coconut lime verbena lotion (bought specifically for this occasion)was seized and ordered to the trash by the TSA and yet the character sitting next to me dressed in black with a two foot long chain suitable for whipping and strangling that hung by his belt loop breezed through security. Whatever. Anyway, in case you're wondering if I just made this whole thing up about a trip so I could get out of blogging for a couple of weeks, here's the evidence.

This was my very favorite thing from the whole trip - that's me in the water after jumping from the top of the waterfall!

The Prince Golf Course on the north shore of Kauai came highly recommended as a way to attain golf nirvana. We didn't pass it up:

This is where I gained a testimony of Jo Jo’s shaved ice. Cory ordered a blackberry raspberry flavor served over vanilla ice cream with a vanilla crème poured over the top. I am still having dreams about it.

Our waiter the night before recommended this beach as having great waves and being the best for body boarding. He left out the part about lava rock lining the ocean floor. Cory decided to risk it, I decided to watch (translation: read my book) from the shade of the swaying palm trees on the shore. Only one of us walked away unscathed.

The "Grand Canyon" of Hawaii, Waimea:

Cool lighthouse:

While mom and dad frolicked in the Pacific, the kids hung out at my sister's where they endured grueling hours of movies, outings, and Sonic EVERY DAY for lunch!

Cool couple at a cool resort looking far from cool as they approach the very uncool phase of middle age but trying hard to appear cool anyway:

Since arriving home last night with snow on the grass, we've traded in our flip-flops and swimsuits for winter coats. Reality can be harsh, but there's still no place like home.


Anonymous said...

You guys are so cool! I am dying of jealousy.

ganelle said...

I waaaannnnnnnnnaa go thheeeerrre! Meanwhile, Dave got an offer to work in Costa Rica for a few days, and he TURNED IT DOWN!?!?! (I was SOOOOO gonna go with him!)

Heather said...

I'm soo jealous- but, man, Sonic everyday for lunch is tempting too. :O

Anonymous said...

Oh, the pictures are gorgeous, and probably don't do the beauty justice. I am aching with longing to go to Hawaii. Or Cancun. With no kids. But I guess you only get one of those trips about every lifetime, so I will have to just enjoy hearing about yours. By the way, my 40th b-day is coming up soon. Want to plan a surprise for me, too?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, and Hawaii is too! Seriously, you guys look so tanned and relaxed. I have to say those pictures are postcard worthy. Hawaii isn't on the top of my list, but I think it just jumped a few! Glad you are back!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the preview. I leave on the 6th. Of course, I'm not going with an amazing hunk like Cory but you never know what I might find washed up on the beach! :)

Anonymous said...

It looks like you were NAKED in that waterfall pool!!!!

Kerri said...

Oh, it looks like you had such a great time. And the kids in AZ, too! When my brother lived in Hawaii for 3 years, he came back 40pounds heavier (must be the Jo Jo's), wearing flip flops and with long hair. Very laid back, just like you two were. Dang reality!

Anonymous said...

Aw man, now you've made me homesick! I'm glad you guys had a great time! ~ Kanoe

Sherise said...

You are such a rock star! I've got 2 years till Paul's 40th. I need advice on how to create a secret bank account and hide funds from my spouse. :)