Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
A dog walking on the beach all of a sudden decided to park himself right next to Ashlyn, she was delighted as you can see. Nobody really swam except for Ashlyn and I, but we did bust out the horse shoes. It's one of Dad's favorite games. Unfortunately for him, he came up short against a superior opponent.Can't beat the setting though huh?Even the girls got in on the action, after we moved the line up about 10 feet! Heather even threw a double ringer! Too bad Nancy killed her the rest of the way. No pictures of Nancy you say? Well, that's on purpose. Just wait for her post, I wouldn't want to steal "all the good pictures." Haha!After spending most of the day at Lanikai, we had to hit up Waikiki, just to say they went. It wasn't the best day there, but we did take some pics. Here's dad spotting a great pic with his photographer eye.And there's no better way to end a trip than by going to McDonald's Ashlyn loves her McChicken sandwich... but not the bread... and I love the price. $1!! Alright!
Suffice it to say we had a fabulous trip with Dad and Nancy, lots of great memories, lots of great food, lots of great pictures, and lots of great laughs. However, I'm sorry to say, I will most likely never do a daily post for every day a visitor is here. It's too much I tell you! Stay tuned for Nancy's post though! It ought to be a good one! :)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Thursday, March 12
Whoops, slacked a little bit with my daily posting... Let us continue. On their 2nd to last day in the Islands, the sun finally came out... on the leeward side anyways, it was still wet and rainy on the windward side though. So knowing the weather, we hopped in the car and drove to Ko Olina resort to do the beach thing on one of their four man made lagoons. It was nice to have warmth... plus it helped Dad and Nance get the best souvenir ever -- a sunburn!
It was a cloudy, sunny, cloudy, sunny for a good part of the morning so we started out by just laying in the sand. Ash and Nana decided to cover me in it, and then Ashlyn figured why not celebrate while she's got me down.
Even Dad tried snorkeling, Ko Olina is definitely a good place for beginners since you can touch the bottom, and the lagoon is quite protected... which is probably why there aren't a lot of fish, it's not easy to get in or out!Being sunny also had it's cons. We now had to build a little shelter for Jax so he wouldn't get burnt. You can't tell, but he's pretty much lying underneath a beach lounger with body boards surrounding him to give him shade. Ashlyn is a good big sister.But a water baby can only stay on dry land so long, soon she dragged her Ye-Ye off into the water again. Dad was more than willing to oblige his grand daughter. And this is what I ended up doing. It's not fake either, Nancy thought it might be when she took the picture, but then she saw the drool... haha.
You might think I'm trying to show you our lovely dinner here, but nay, check out the color on the faces of Dad and Nana. Mission accomplished!
The final day is tomorrow! Stay tuned, and thanks for your patience!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
We only had two umbrellas with us, so whoever was holding a child got to hold it. Heather obviously got one with Jax and Dad and Nancy split on the way there and back. I just got wet. It's okay, they don't call me the MAN for nothing. Or was that, I don't call myself the MAN for nothing... oh well, that's not important.After Akaka falls we went to Rainbow falls. It was more like septic tank falls though. Still cool though.And again, this is what it's supposed to look like:
After that we saw what led up to Rainbow falls, and then went to the local grocery store to pick up some supplies. We then headed southeast to Pahoa where we stayed in a vacation rental called Hawaiian Retreat. We quickly dropped off our stuff and jumped back in the car... oh wait, here's our car! Sexy... I know.But our last stop of the day was Ahalanui Warm Springs where the water is naturally heated by the volcano. It was quite nice... Plus, Dad went swimming?! Yup, here he is.. can you tell he hasn't gotten sun yet?
Poor Ash was so tired, we put her in her car seat to head back and she was gone, cracker in hand and all.
When we got back to our place we whipped up a hearty meal of Kalbi, veggies and pan fried potatoes. It hit the spot.Here's where we stayed, it was really nice, and not much more expensive than a hotel room would've cost. But instead of a room, we had almost 1700 square feet to hang out in. It's just too bad we all crashed really early.
After a good night's sleep, we got up relatively early, made breakfast, did a little lounging, but decided to get out early so we could spend the day at Volcanoes National Park. Oh, but have you ever seen a shower set up like this? No need for a fan I guess... hopefully there weren't any "fans" either!
Oh yeah, and have you ever seen chickens in the trees? Well, they were at the Hawaiian Retreat... I even found a rooster in the van after I left the door open while loading!So off we went again, but first a quick stop at the Lava Tree State Park. Trees here are covered in Lava, and it's kinda cool I guess.But finally, we made it the place where we had planned for a couple months. You can't really tell, but that's a lot of sulphur dioxide being spewed out of Kilauea behind us. You couldn't go any closer though, for safety reasons. In fact Rangers told us people used to pass out from being too close, so finally they just closed the roads. Silly tourists.
We drove down the entire chain of craters road and at the end saw the Holei Sea Arch.However, time was going fast and we still needed to make one last stop, to see the Lava enter the ocean. It wasn't as cool as we thought it was going to be, but it was still fun.We had to hike over lava rocks, and Ashlyn was on my back while Heather toughed it out with the chubby guy. You can see pretty clearly where the lava is hitting the water.We couldn't get as close as we wanted, but the real show began when the sun started to set.