So I got myself a new lens. This shot is a result of standing on the balcony of our room and shooting across the beach and toward the dock. You can see the paddle board people in the background. This was on one of the days when the rain turned torrential in between bouts of beautiful clear skies.
Upon threat from our friend April, we promised to go whale watching (not like it was a chore!) This is Diamond Head from the boat. The water is so gorgeous, I wish I could do it justice! We did see a mother and baby humpback, which I have to say was beyond awesome. My pictures of this event though did not turn out very well because we had to stay a certain distance away from the whales for their safety. Suffice it to say, it was fabulous and the kids were totally thrilled.
I had to take a photo of this massive banyan tree! We went on a walk and it was on the grounds of the military park facility near the hotel. Massive with lovely shade.
I loved that the most of all the things we saw in Hawaii. It was just so beautiful. Plants, flowers, trees, waterfalls, ocean, streams, wildlife all over the place. It was soothing to have so much lush life all over the place!
The hotel had 22 acres of gardens and grounds. So much it took us a while to get through it all and see it. Flamingos even! OH – I nearly forgot about the turtles and penguins, I kid you not. These penguins would see the keeper and then line up, hop up on a rock to make themselves taller, grab a fish, gobble it down and then hop off the rock to let the next penguin go. I’ve never seen anything like it.
The dudes went on an actual submarine ride around the area, including some sunken planes and ships that are now artificial reefs, etc.
This was the first time in several years that I’ve not only taken off more than two days from writing, but that I stayed off the internet and did no business at all (Didn’t even go into Borders and sign stock!). It was a family vacation, which means of course that you never relax totally as you make sure no one drowns or falls off a cliff. But we had so much fun and I’ll never forget it. The dude and I were able to steal away for dinner one of the nights and for a drink on one of the others. Many of the nights we would stay out on the balcony for a while after everyone had gone to sleep just to enjoy the sound of the ocean and the stars in the sky.