What do I have to say about our trip to Hawaii?
Do you have time? Cause I could be here for a very long time. Maybe everyone should just come over to my house, I’ll set up a slideshow of all my pics and just go over every single lovely detail?
One word describes it all – amazing!
You already know that I had an experience of a lifetime running the Honolulu Marathon with Saucony 26 Strong. That was Day 1-2. And if you followed along with me on Instagram and Facebook, you got a little taste of what the rest of the trip was like.
Day 3: Diamond Head
Monday (the day after the marathon) was Kailey’s last day with us before flying home. We woke up starving (post marathon hunger was in full effect) so we left on a mission to find breakfast. Our original destination already had a long line. After standing in it for all of 3 minutes, I knew I couldn’t wait any longer. I needed food asap! So we ventured on. I momentarily forgot about my hunger when a vibrant rainbow appeared. It seemed like there was a rainbow every hour on the hour during our whole stay. I loved it!
After our bellies were full, we were ready to face the day. A hike up Diamond Head it was! We decided on hiking Diamond Head because that would be a great way to shake out our tired and sore legs. Haha. It was a “couple of miles” from our hotel so we didn’t think it would be a big deal to walk there, up Diamond Head and back. Walking there and actually up Diamond Head wasn’t too bad. The views and claustrophobia in a small tunnel made me forget about my achy legs.
Our “couple of miles” walk turned into over a 5 hour hike. Fun fact – I wore my Fitbit during the marathon. I tallied over 55,000 steps that day. On Monday, I walked almost 35,000. Take that post marathon soreness!
By the end of our walk, Kailey and I were seriously dragging butt. We just wanted to be off our feet! The rest of the day was spent napping poolside and relaxing in the hot tub before saying good-bye to Kailey that night.
Day 4: Pearl Harbor
We ran into Morganne (a fellow 26 Strong Coach) and her husband, Matt, while leaving Diamond Head. They mentioned going to Pearl Harbor the next day. Ron and I had the same plans so we all went together. For the second day in a row, Morganne and I had the exact same outfit on. Great minds think alike!
Pearl Harbor was very special. It was quiet, peaceful and calming. I felt odd taking pictures of anything. Instead I just took it all in and teared up.
Honor. Respect. Remember.
Day 5: Beach Day
We hit up a couple of beaches, played in the water, napped in the warm sun and just played beach bums all day until the sun went down.
Day 6: North Shore
Since we didn’t rent a car while on Oahu and wanted to make it to the North Shore, we decided to go through a tour company. The Surf Bus was the perfect fit for us. It was a tour but didn’t include any of the gift shop stops and just let you do your own thing. If I could have had our whole entire trip on the North Shore, I would have been happy. It’s laid back and not commercial at all. The Billabong Pipe Masters Surf Championships were being held that week but unfortunately were called off for the day we were there. The waves were too small. Although just standing on the edge of the surf made me nervous!
We got to explore a bit with two sweet beach cruiser bikes. I haven’t rode on a bike that didn’t have shocks, gears or brakes on the handlebars since I was 7 years old! It was uncomplicated cruising fun!
After some time cruising, we were off to SUP (stand up paddleboard). Ron got all fancy and showed off his headstand skills on the board. He did that just to make me jealous. I can’t even do headstand on solid ground!
Day 7: Last day!
On our last day in Hawaii, we lounged around in the morning. Then Ron surprised me and asked if I wanted to go for a run. Say what? Ron NEVER runs (or at most will run a couple of miles every few months). How could I turn him down? We ran along the beach for about 4 miles. It. was. perfect. Although if you asked Ron, he’d say it sucked the whole time. 😉 Definitely my most memorable run of 2014.
We then showered, checkout out of our hotel and just wandered. We ate lunch at Goofy Cafe and Dine where I had the most amazing meal of my life – Local Vegetables Bibimbap. Sooooo good! I need to recreate it asap.
The rest of the day was spent beach and pool side before departing for our red eye flight to Newark and then on to Manchester. After 20+ hours of travel full of delays and cancelled flights, we finally made it home, exhausted but unable to sleep.
But I can’t complain, I had just had a wonderful, relaxing vacation.
Can I go back now???