Okay, I've been home for 3 days now, and still nothing here in the blogosphere. I've lost a little of my pep spending nearly two weeks away from responsibility and all. But over the next few weeks you may begin to wish I never started.
I have to say, I loved every minute of it, well, all but the minute when I had a passing fear for my life as a large wave knocked me over, tore my flesh off on the sharp lava and left me bloodied and bruised. But beside that, EVERY MINUTE! The intoxicating mixture of gorgeous scenery, hot sand, warm waves, lush greenness, abdicated responsibility, yummy food, floral scented breezes, possible spontaneity at any time, sleeping in, and exploring new places all added up to a dream vacation.
But before I go any further, I must send thanks and overflowing gratitude to all those who made it all possible, namely my mom, Matt's parents, Todd and Shayla, Paige and Kenny (who suffered without Mom), Chrissie, Lanae and Stephanie, my Primary buddies, and even the McDaniel boy for mowing our lawn! If I missed you, it may be I didn't know of your great love and sacrifice, but thanks anyway!
So that is a good enough introduction. Bring on the pictures!
This was the beach we stayed on in Kailua, Oahu. It was beautiful. The first time I put my foot in the water, I knew this was no California beach. As much as I love Cali, this water was really warm. The waves were even present, and we body surfed. This was one of the only beaches we actually caught decent waves.
This is Waimea Bay. Chelse, my tropical babe sister, took us here our first day. Matt and Chelse jumped off the big rock, aren't they tough!
And this is Shark's Cove, the site of my first snorkeling. It was full of fish and we saw a sea turtle right off. It took a while to get used to breathing under water, but by the end of the 2 hours or so, I felt more comfortable, minus the banged ankle I sustained (one of many, I might add).
We finished off our first full day on Oahu at Sunset Beach. While here we followed around a turtle (snorkeling) and enjoyed a little nappy before the sun actually set. What a lovely day. Chelse really made our first day wonderful. Thanks Chelsearondo!