Monday, March 23, 2009

Suntanned and Jet Lagged

Who doesn't like to look at photo after photo of someone else's vacation? Besides everyone, that is. But I'm back in the mainland, so I thought I'd post my obligatory Big Island of Hawai'i shots:

Here's the view from our hotel room, which was wonderful until I heard about the tsunami watch. Um, yeah. Kinda close to the ocean there.

My daughter really wanted to go surfing, but alas, no waves. Stand up paddleboarding had to do. And she got to see dolphins out there along with humpback whales.

We went hiking up here and took a dip in a (freezing) waterfall. I'm not posting my swimsuit shots. At the bottom of that valley is where we went...

...riding.  How embarrassing is it that my daughter had a bigger and faster horse than the one I rode. Mine didn't seem to get along with the other horses. She was probably pissed off she had to carry a full grown woman instead of a kid.

Changing gears here, but we went on a five-mile hike through the crater of a volcano, which was *really* cool. You can't see the scope here, but this sucker was big. I'm shocked my little one made it all the way without complaining. Well, much. I fell shortly after this picture was taken and cut my hand on the lava. Of course, I was facing backward, telling my kids to be careful and watch their step.

So that's it. We also did some rock climbing and the girls played tennis. Oh, and we stopped over in Los Angeles to see some old friends, drive by the old house, and visit Universal Studios. 

Didya miss me?


Janna Leadbetter said...

Yes, I missed you! But I'm so glad you had a great time. Welcome home!

The pictures are great, and thanks for sharing. Hubby and I are going to HI late summer for our 10th anny, so I may have to get pointers for the best stuff to do.

Melanie Hooyenga said...

I missed you!!

Your pictures are awesome! What a great experience for the girls, and for you and hubby. :)

Debra Lynn Shelton said...

Welcome home, girlfriend! And thanks so much for the pics. Your girls are adorable! Someday we'll get to Hawaii - my husband' dad was actually born in Honolulu. BTW: I'm going to Backspace at the end of May. Will you be there? And, even if you're not, let's try to get together.

Word ver: proki - sounds Hawaiian!

WendyCinNYC said...

Janna--If you like doing all kinds of interesting activities, go to the Big Island. If you like to flop down on a white sandy beach and order drinks, Maui is better. Those are the only two I've visited.

Melanie--Thanks. I loved your vlog, btw. I'll have to do that!

Debbie--I don't think I'm going to Backspace in May. Maybe next year. Tell me how it is! Let me know your plans closer in--I'd love to meet up.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Welcome back! Looks like the trip really delivered.

Kathryn Magendie said...

WOW! beautiful, and fun, photos! I've never been, but would love to.

Janna Leadbetter said...

Perfect advice! Thanks.