because i, for one, would much rather use my eyes on photos than a lot of words, the pictures will abound in this post, and the photos will take precedence. (also i have yoga in an hour, so i’ve gotta make this snappy)
one day we went on a hike to koko head…. which was basically a grueling ladder climb in the rain. we felt really accomplished making it all the way up there! without falling to our deaths, passing out, or smooshing our peanut butter banana sandwiches.
one of the ups to vacationing west of where you’re from is the ability to sleep in to 10 idaho time, but be bright eyed and bushy tailed at 6 am local time. needless to say, we were the first to the beach our first day at waimea. not complaining.
did i talk about the big rocks at waimea bay last time? heights don’t leave me completely paralyzed, and i’ve been known to jump off stuff since i was little, so doing this again was a rush. getting diana to do it was probably just as fun as doing it myself. hearing the entire crowd of jumpers at the top of the rock clapping in unison and cheering for her as she went was nothing short of expected, but totally awesome, too.
we had this goal of finding the elusive HIDDEN BEACH i had heard so much about, but after going to the end of the farrington highway, walking past the 15 telephone poles, and turning right past pole 196, we made it only to a rocky beach area with jagged cliffs and not much space to spread a towel…
one day as we were driving to hanauma bay we passed the prettiest waters, ever…. which also must serve as the designated homeless beach because those are the only people who were roaming around there? the teal of the ocean was almost excruciating it was so beautiful.
maybe i almost ran us off the road a few times in my gawking…
and then we made friends with a fourteen year old boy. wait….
on our last day in paradise, no, last two hours of sunlight, we FINALLY decided to pull out the snorkeling gear that i had thrown in the car as an afterthought. i’d never snorkeled before and thought it would just be meh…. but MERLIN’S BEARD! the ocean is another WORLD. i was completely smitten with the open water and the extra buoyancy the flippers gave me. tooling around in the water with the fishies was pretty incredible. i think it took the guy a grand total of four tries to accurately hit the shutter. HAWAIIANS.
lessons in color blocking…. or lack, thereof. i promise i was wearing bottoms…