SO, what on earth did we do while we were in Hawaii? Lots. I will owe you all pictures of our adventures in a post later this week (the photos are on Marcus’ camera), but that doesn’t mean I won’t tell you how it was…
We had a 4 1/2 hour layover in the rainy city on our way to Honolulu. What better way to pass the time than to visit with one of Marcus’ fraternity brothers, Nick and his girlfriend, Amy? They picked us up from the airport and took us on what we dubbed a “mini-cation” because we got to tour around the Sound, visit a couple of their favorite watering holes and admire the skyline from afar. You had better believe that I was fit to burst, I had so many thoughts about Grey’s Anatomy and Twilight running through my head. And naturally, it was raining.
- Snorkeled at Hanauma Bay. Saw my first Sea Turtle, which was spectacular.
- Climbed Diamond Head. Remembered immediately why I am not trying to plan a Mount Everest Climb. Was tres intrigued by the apparel that Japanese tourists outfitted themselves in to scale the crags. Made it into one family’s video flashing my peace sign.
- Drove around the island in a Jeep Wrangler with the top down (hello, free upgrade?!). Saw the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore, the Dole Pineapple Plantation and found the ever-classic Shrimp Ranch, which true to form, rose up out of nowhere.
- Toured Pearl Harbor. Michelle’s man, Walter is in the Navy and he showed us the base, which was really cool. Later, Marcus and I went back on our own to tour the Missouri, which was fantastically interesting.
These were the best-of-the-best for us on this island…
- Kona Brewing Co.
- Ezu Giku
- Rumfire @ the Sheraton
And because no vacation would be complete without a travel snafu, when Marcus and I were dropping our Jeep off at the Alamo drop-site, naturally the top was still off of the darned thing and a torrential downpour struck. FML.
- Beaching all over Ka’anapali. Naturally.
- We went on a seven hour snorkel-excursion to the coast of Lana’i and then hit the Maui coast, at which point, there was more sea-turtle action.
- Had the whale-watch of a lifetime. For an hour, our engines were off and we were surrounded by three males, one female and her calf while they cruised 10-20 ft away from the ship. It was incredible.
- Moose McGillycuddy’s
- Fish Company
- Flatbread Company
- Aloha Mixed Plate
Marcus was on a big jag this week to walk on the beach at night and have chocolate fondue. Given that he was really taken by all of the scenery, I figured he probably just had Hawaii brain.
One night, I finally managed to fight through the jet lag (I mean, with a four hour difference, you really only feel it at night) and made reservations for us to go to the Melting Pot for a chocolate fondue. No big deal. Since we weren’t going until 9 pm, we finally got to take the night beach-walk that Marcus had been so wanting to make happen. The stars were out, the skies were clear and despite the fact that it was more of a trudge through the sand, it was still perfect. We hopped onto a lounge chair on the grass right by the water, and after I briefely contemplated telling him he should propose (because of how beautiful it was there, right?), he actually got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. How unreal is that?
And not that it photographs very well (the bling resists the camera), but because you actually read, here’s a shot of the ring. It’s an emerald-cut three stone.
And just for the heck of it, one more…