Tim asked me yesterday to pinch him to make sure this wasn't just a dream. It has been amazing so far! Thursday we went to Pearl Harbor in the morning, then to the grocery store to get groceries after that, and then hiked Diamond Head in the afternoon (that was quite the hike!). We met the cutest couple from Denmark on their honeymoon on the way down from the top of Diamond Head (wish we had gotten a picture with them) and even rode the bus together back into Wikiki. Here are some pictures from Thursday's adventures, including the fabulous dinner we made (it was yummy!) with some of the groceries we bought:
Yesterday, we rented a car and drove around the island. We went to go pick up our 'standard' car, and they gave us a convertible mini-cooper!!! You know we put that top down and breathed in the sights and sounds of Oahu! Our first stop was Manoa Falls, where the chickens promptly perched on our car (good thing it was a rental! jk - they didn't hurt it):
The hike was less strenuous than Diamond Head - just more slippery and muddy (but not horribly so). It was SO worth the hike! Warning - I didn't do anything with my hair yesterday, including the fact that I didn't put any temporary color on it - so you'll see how gray it is actually getting (not a pretty sight - but hopefully it will be ok once it is all grown out). Concentrate on the beauty of the waterfall and how lush everything is!!
From there we drove to Hanauma Bay to go snorkeling, at first walking to the top and looking down on the bay that was a crater created by a volcano, and it is stunning. But once we got down to the bottom we discovered there was a $7.50 entrance fee to the beach, and then a $12 snorkel rental fee (both per person!). Plus, I forgot my bathing suit bottoms!! We almost didn't go, but we went ahead and paid the fees and Tim lent me his extra pair of shorts, and it was SO worth it!! The fish were absolutely spectacular!! We saw most of the fish in the picture we took below with the Guide to Reef Life. Amazing!!
From there we just drove from beach to beach seeing more spectacular views. It kind of reminded me of when we went to Kruger National Park in the 90's after a missions trip we did in South Africa. There were so many amazing deer-type of animals that we were quite taken with and wanted to know all their names, but by the end of the day we would just point them out as another 'deer-thing'. It can be almost overwhelming! Plus, it started raining so there wasn't much point in stopping in the rain. But we still really enjoyed all the views. And then I realized if we didn't stop we could make it to the top of the island and then around to the western side just in time for the sunset. It wasn't raining that far north of the island and we just made it there right after the sun went down in time to enjoy the beautiful colors. The first 3 pictures were taken at a beach called (appropriately) Sunset Beach, and the last one was taken at 'Ehukai Beach:
Today we are going to walk on the beach this morning and then fly out to Kauai later this afternoon for the last 7 days of this trip! Stay tuned for my next post from Kauai!!
Tim & Jodie