The honeymoon was the one aspect of our wedding that I left
completely mostly to Chris.
While I’d love to say I trusted him 100% with the details of our amazing, relaxing, post-wedding vacation, the truth is I still did some checking up on him in the months leading up to our big day to make sure plane tickets and hotel reservations had been made and confirmed (what?! I just didn’t want any last minute surprises!).
The choice to go to Hawaii, though, was completely left to my new hubby.
He had visited his mother in O’ahu once before, had a blast, and had always wanted to go back to Hawaii.
We spent almost a week in Kauai, then island hopped to Kona, on the Big Island.
We left Virginia Beach at 4am the day after the wedding
(what can I say? crazy cheap flights are at crazy early times!).
The flight was long, but we didn’t mind…
The common phrase of the whole trip was “I can’t believe we’re married”!
(notice the bags under our eyes? I don’t think they went away until day 4 or 5)
I think Chris and I both agree that we thoroughly enjoyed people watching in the airports on our way to and from Hawaii.
I apologize in advance if this is your mother/sister/wife/aunt/grandmother…
it’s just too good not to share
Like I mentioned before, our first stop was Lihue, Kauai.
We learned pretty quickly that all you have to do
is mention “honeymoon” or “just married” to receive instant perks…
…like a free upgrade to a convertible (byebye compact… hello wind-in-the-face)!
The resort was beautiful.
The scenery outside our room was breathtaking.
My camera simply can’t do it justice.
we loved watching the sunset from our balcony.
While we were in Kauai, we spent our time driving around and exploring the Island.
It’s the oldest and smallest Island of Hawaii.
We enjoyed doing so many once-in-a-lifetime things, like….
downhill biking at the edge of “the little grand canyon”
horseback riding along the coast…
I love this one… Chris looks like a total PRO!
This cave was used in the filming of an Indiana Jones movie
(“cuvah ya haaat, Indie, cuvah ya haaat” … anyone? anyone?)
and this bay was used in the newest Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming out…
my horse, Youknowhow, also makes an appearance in the movie!
Helicopter ride around the island
don’t be fooled…. this smile was a “I’m so nervous about possibly getting sick in this helicopter that I’m about to hurl any second… and we haven’t even left the ground” kind of smile… but I think I played it off nicely as a “very excited to do this” kind of smile.
amazingly enough, I never once felt nauseous on the flight
(thanks to Dramamine, that is!)
**by the way, that little yellow envelope strapped to my waist was apparently what was going to “save” me if for some reason the chopper crashed….joy.
It was an amazing view of the island.
Snorkeling off the Na’pali Coast
ate yummy food…
shopped at local markets…
yes, they even had Starbucks there…
After 5 days in Kauai, we island hopped to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. When we got to Kona, ‘adventure’ took on a completely different meaning. We soon realized that we had no hope of renting a car (or even a scooter or a bike, for that matter) because that same weekend just so happened to be the weekend that a little event called the 2010 Iron Man World Championship Triathlon was taking place. Every car on Hawaii, and even neighboring islands, had been reserved months before. That did put a bit of a damper on our plans (mostly just my wish to see hot lava… since you can’t exactly walk around the island to find that!). Fortunately, there was a shopping center with some restaurants and a grocery store within a mile (up-hill) from our resort, then a beach about a mile past that. Though we did find ourselves repeating “I wish we were back in Kauai” a few times, I can honestly say that it was a completely amazing experience in a completely different way than Kauai had been.
Banyan tree… like the ones on LOST, only smaller
This is the beach where we went snorkeling.
The one regret that I have is that we didn’t bring the underwater case for my camera on this day (I was trying to minimize the load Chris had to carry while we walked)… and of course, this was the day that we swam with sea turtles while snorkeling!
They were so beautiful and calm; just floating along with the current…. exactly like in the movie Finding Nemo. Noggin! I wish so badly that I had a picture of them.
Oh well, one more reason to return to Hawaii.
Until we meet again, Mr. Turtle. Until we meet again.