It’s probably obnoxious to have any negatives when you are discussing your trip to Hawaii, so let’s just do those first:
1. Rain. It was the worst weather in a decade. Isn’t that sad for us? You probably heard about it on the news. Because I come from a rainy area, it really bummed me out that my Hawaii trip was rainy. (Here’s us, in the rain, at Pearl Harbor, where we couldn’t go out to the USS Arizona Memorial, due to rain.)
2. How dang expensive everything in Hawaii is. $15 for a bowl of oatmeal at my hotel? Seriously?!
3. How far our (awesome) resort was from anything. It just meant we had to pay a bunch of extra taxi money to get to the bus/tram to sight see.
4. Our airplane’s windshield cracking, the resulting delay, missed flight and overnight stay in Seattle. It was kind of excruciating to be in the Hawaii airport for 6 hours without getting to enjoy the long-awaited sunshine.
(There are much more of these)
1. Spending 5 straight days with Ryan. I love that guy and don’t get enough time with him and I LOVED not having to share him with anything else.
2. The GORGEOUS resort we stayed in. Ryan was awarded this trip at work (because he’s awesome) and his company treated us SO well. The pool, beach, restaurants, dolphins, room were all just amazing.
3. The Polynesian Cultural Center. I loved every minute we were there (okay, except for the dinner…not so good). There was such a neat feeling there and I loved the grounds and the shows and all the stuff we learned.
4. Eating sushi 4 times. I feel like I know it now and I am officially a fan.
5. The weather perking up the last 2 days. I got to run my long run for the week (15 miles) and it was while I was running that the sun came out and stayed out. We vegged on the beach the whole day.
6. Meeting up with our friends from home. It was fun to hang out with them 5000 miles from our little Washington town.
7. The tour we took of the LDS temple in Laie. I was overcome with the beauty of the building and the truth that families really can be together forever.
8. The pineapple.
Writing about it makes me sad it’s over, especially on this dreary day in Eastern Washington. It was so dreamlike and we were so lucky to get to have those days together.