Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Honeymoon: Oahu

Now we leave the big island of Hawaii, and travel to Oahu.  Oahu, honestly, wasn't really our cup of tea.  Yes, it was fabulous, and I'm sure it is plenty of people's first choice, but we're not into the city scene as much, so the trade-off of having lots of restaurants to go to (and bars if you want to go that route on your honeymoon) did not make up for the quiet relaxation we experienced on Hawaii.  On the topic of bars....I don't really get it on a honeymoon?  Maybe I'm missing something.  You can always drink in a restaurant, through room service, or frequently even on the beach.  I'm not sure why a bar holds appeal if you're wanting to spend time with you significant other?  Maybe if there's dancing.  I don't know, excuse the internal monologue.

Now THIS is what you're supposed to be doing on a honeymoon, right?  Walking on a beach at sunset?  Much more my thing.

Just some scenery.  Taken from a VERY windy outlook point.

You can see our hotel in the background.

The beach by our hotel.  There was a break wall which made for calm swimming waters near the shore.

Hiking Diamond Head.  Chris wanted to kill me.  It was a 2.5 mile walk from our hotel to the base.  0.5 miles to the start of the trail.  0.7 up.  And then turn around and go back.  That may not sound TERRIBLE, but it was 2pm when we started (hot), and the 0.7 up was PAINFUL.  Literally hundreds of stairs to climb.  Although, we must be in ok shape because the sign said to allow at least 1.5 hours for the 0.7 up and back round trip, and we did it in 50 minutes.  And we spent a decent amount of time at the top.  It was beautiful, but I was amazed how many very young children and...people who seemed to be very out of shape were stopped to rest all the way up, but gosh darn it, were going to make it.

This is the state flower of Hawaii.  A yellow hibiscus.  And, yes, this was taken at a rest stop.

Amazingly, you see chickens roaming everywhere.  I did not expect that one.

Alright, it's going to take me another post.  Until tomorrow.

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