Friday, September 07, 2007

Wait, there is MORE!!

Day 8:
Shawn back in the "storytellers" seat.  This was another road trip day.  Not only did we get to see great sites, but we also got to experience the wonderful Hawai'i rain.  The rain is a light drizzle-almost like what the mister systems try to create in Phoenix.  We traveled to the Waimea Canyon which is on the western side of Kauai.  The canyon was amazing and hopefully the pictures show this.  The other sites we saw were when we finally made it to the end of highway 56...we went as far as we could and then saw the ocean from up high which made for some great pictures.

Explanation for the below 2 pictures here

My Beautiful Wife!

For those who didn't think I'd amount to anything...I did it!

Day 9:
Snorkeling in Puipu.  We took some underwater pictures but have not yet developed them.  Maybe we will invite you to our house to see them...maybe not.  Really great fish and they swam right up to you.  Jealousy has gotten the best of you.
Day 10:
Shopping.  It was all that you think it was.  Maybe we got you something, maybe we didn't.  Volunteer to watch our dog next time and you could be one of the lucky ones.  We visited some great arts and craft fairs full of local goods.  Ate some more shave ice at the "best place on Kauai."  Pictures weren't taken on this trip.  Sorry.
Day 11: 
Today!  Nicole and I are spending the day together just hanging out at a coffee shop in front of a computer...very romantic.  We took some pictures before we found this place so enjoy!

Hawai'i and the like

Greetings all.  
Nicole and I are doing well.  Internet access is sparse so I apologize for all the time that has passed since my last entry.  I've heard some of you want more stories behind the pictures so I'll let Nicole dictate the happenings to you.
Day 5: 
The Glass beach-for you Linda!  Shawn, my mom, grandparents and I all took the trip together.  The scattered glass on the beach is from an old dump so now the broken bottles have become smooth jewels for the taking.  Not only did we search for glass but had some great Chinese food from a local eatery.  

Day 6: 
My grandparents treated us to a wonderful dinner at The Beach House.  The restaurant didn't believe in shades so we spent dinner blocking the sun with our menus and eating one handed.  The food was delicious and the we were rewarded with a gorgeous sunset.  Unfortunately all the best pictures were taken by my mom so these will have to do.  These are of Shawn and I hanging out at the bar before getting our table.

Day 7:
Trip to the North Shore.  It's just as ritzy as it sounds.  Princeville (or Princeton as my Grandma calls it) and Hanalei (where Puff the Magic Dragon is from) make up the North Shore.  We had our first experience with Shave Ice...that's right, it's SHAVE ice, not ShavED ice.  You mainlanders may think of some lame-o church picnic snow cone...oh no, this isn't for the weak of heart.  Shave Ice is usually served with Macadamia nut ice cream (that's right, its ICE cream, not ICED cream)  on the bottom of your ozone killing styrofoam cup and is then topped with a mound of finely shaved ice which is then doused with up to 3 flavors of your choice.  There are many shave ice huts in the game, but few actually deliver.  Unfortunately there are no cameras allowed in these primitive huts so you will have to look at the pictures of the rest of our trip.  Many of these are of the very north shore and the scenery was breath taking.  

The cave behind me was dug by hand by ancient Hawaiians looking for evil spirits that they never found.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Hawai'i Part II

Hey again.

First off, sorry about the shortness of the last post and the hastiness of this post...internet connection is at a minimum here on the islands.  Secondly, I'm abandoning the whole "I'll write this like I'm having a horrible time when ACTUALLY I'm having a really great time!" tone and I'll just give you some pictures and some captions.

Day 3 (Cont.):

All three of the above pictures are from a drive Nicole, Beckie and I took after renting our car and just exploring. 

The four above pictures are of a dragon fruit we bought a side of the road fruit stand.  Pretty mild, the texture and taste are similar to a kiwi.  

Day 4:

These above pictures are from a day at the beach with Beckie and Nicole's grandparents. 

The above pictures were from a trip that Nicole, Beckie and I took to a wildlife reserve. 
Above is the SLEEPING GIANT.  If you look from left to right, you see his head, his open mouth and the rest of his body.  Tequila does vodka.