I know you have all been dying for more of my travel posts so here we go. I was going to do them in order but then I thought, nah. Thanks to this week’s slushstorm, snowmen and dirty snowbanks have taken over my world so a temporary escape to Hawaii sounded like a good idea, even if it’s only a vacation to the recesses of my mind. So on to the good stuff. We visited Oahu in October/November of 2009. We chose Oahu because we’d decided to do one island per trip (although now I think when we return someday we’ll group Big Island with either Maui or Kauai) and we both really wanted to see Pearl Harbor. Decision made. We rented a condo through VRBO and I absolutely cannot say enough about how great it was. We had a gorgeous condo on Waikiki, right next to the Hilton Hawaiian Village, on the 17th floor. Totally renovated, full kitchen and a huge lanai that looked out at the ocean and Diamond Head. All for less than the next best option, a small hotel room 7 blocks from the beach. I am now a huge fan of renting condos on vacations. Alright, just had to get that out there. Now on to the good stuff.The view from our lanai.Waikiki and Diamond Head. I hiked to the top of that thing if you can believe it.The most beautiful drive of my life.Snorkeling in Haunauma bay.Don’t even try to tell me I’m not the most graceful and elegant snorkeler you’ve ever seen.A sunken ship in Pearl Harbor. Just a word of warning for those of you who haven’t been yet, it looks nothing like the movie. In fact, I learned after I left confused that the movie isn’t even filmed there, but in California. Darn Hollywood. And ugly modernizations…Mopar committed, at home and away. And that baby did not disappoint. That “road” was crazy!!!The crazy road led us to the most beautiful picnic spot ever.Check swimming under a waterfall off the bucket list. Then again, I definitely want to do that again so better leave it on there.Sharks Cove. Believe it or not, we snorkeled in there. Things got a bit hairy at times, what with the giant waves and all. Totally worth it though.The one thing that Justin wanted to do more than anything on this trip was to throw himself off of a cliff. In the non-suicidal way of course. We hiked up 2.5 miles, down about a hundred steps and picked our way through a wide stream for him to do it. I’ve never sweat so much in my life. I hope to never sweat that much again. But it was a pretty amazing experience.
Back tomorrow with the second half 🙂