Category: Hawaii

Firework Friday

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Taken July 4th in Waikiki, but posted now to celebrate the end of a long week.  Fireworks are always magical.  
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Waikiki Beach

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We were not expecting to have an ocean view room, but were surprised with an upgrade to the 32nd floor of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  In honor of National Relaxation Day, I could not think of any place I’d rather be than on that balcony as music drifted up from the village below.

The Souvenirs You’re Simply Drawn To

Those of you who know me (and now those of you who don’t), know that I have two endearingly particular talents: remembering most everything and keeping everything (within reason). The two can be even be linked!  Please have a seat while I tell you from where I got this plastic bag in June of 2009. I kept it because it has the logo of a store we don’t have here – how could I throw it away?

I promise I am not a hoarder.

When I travel to a new city or state, or landmark within, I have two standard items that I always purchase: a magnet and postcards.  Postcards are easy to transport and store, and between my mom and I , we have a fairly extensive collection.  I started collecting magnets at an early age, so it’s a good thing refrigerators have lots of space!  I’m fairly picky with the magnets, and try not to go overboard, but sometimes you visit a lot of new places and end up with a few more than planned.  Because who doesn’t love Dole Whip?

 

 

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What do you collect while traveling?

 

It’ll be Fine, She Said…

When Mike and I decided that we were going to Hawaii this summer, we knew we wanted to do a lot more than spend six days roasting on the beach.  We figured one of the best ways to really see the island would be to go on a few hikes.  One of my coworkers recommended the Lanikai Pillbox Hike, and when I read that the pillboxes were remnants of World War II guard posts, I was sold on including it on our list.  It was described as a moderate hike online, and while I am no athlete, I’ve done enough running in my life to assume I would not have any issues.

Within the first five minutes I knew I had made a huge mistake, and was certain I would be tumbling to my death.  The hike starts out with a steep incline, which is fine until the moment you realize you’re going to have to get back down somehow.  By the time the first incline finally leveled off, I was resigned that I’d come too far to quit, but luckily I was pretty mesmerized by the view.

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Gaze at the ocean and forget your impending doom.

When I said that the incline leveled off, it was not for long, and I was back to imagining in how many places I was going to break my leg, arm, skull.  And then we reached the first pillbox.

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Incline? What incline?

We had to cut this hike short (can you sense how disappointed I was?), so we started the journey back down and did not continue to the second pillbox.  If anyone saw my descent that day, I hope they took video.  I would liken it to a scared goat on the side of a cliff afraid to move.  Who am I kidding; goats don’t get scared.

Prior to the trip, Mike suggested that we pick up some inexpensive hiking shoes from Academy.  Considering the “hikes” I had been on before in Cameron ParkBrazos Bend State Park, or even Muir Woods, I scoffed at the idea of purchasing and hauling an extra pair of bulky shoes.  I was positive we didn’t need them, and that my cute little tennis shoes would be perfectly fine.  You might think I’m exaggerating, and it’s quite possible I may never hear the end of this, but without the extra grip of the shoes I’m pretty sure I would have tumbled ass over tea kettles straight to the bottom.

It turns out that if you have a healthy fear of falling and an overactive imagination, this may not be the hike for you, but if you push through (and have the appropriate footwear) the views are stunning.  I only wish we’d made it up there for sunrise.