Monday, June 14, 2010

Honeymoon Part 1

So, my endearing husband downloaded the camera to his WORK computer.  And these are the pictures from Hawaii that he chose to send me.  I find the selection...a little interesting.  This is the man who took no less than 100 "water" pictures, yet, there are virtually no nature shots in the group.  Oh well.  I'll pester him until I get more.  Here's what we've got for now.  These are all from the first stage of the trip when we were on the Big Island.

We stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa Village outside of Kona, which was nothing short of incredible.  A local tour guide did refer to it as "Hawaii's Disney World".  We would go back in a second.  Yes, it was painfully expensive, but we expected as much, so once you get over sticker shock (and hit up a grocery store for breakfast and lunch supplies), all is good.

The Hilton is home of Dolphin Quest.  They put on a short show once a week for FREE, so of course we had to check that out.  We did not swim with them, which we might regret a little, but they were pretty amazing.

This was the highlight of Chris's week.  I have a lot of pictures of the actual dancing that went on at the Luau, but his focus was obviously the talented dancers.  It was also really interesting to get to taste all of the traditional food.  Not surprisingly, I was a big fan of a raw fish seasoned with soy and various other things, but we were FLOORED that Chris enjoyed a salad made of salmon, onions, and tomatoes.  Our boy's growing up!

There were statutes approximately every 5 feet (no joke) in the resort.  This one reminded us of Harper.

This is a pool that had sand in it.  How crazy, right?  The filters must have to be magical.

We did a dinner cruise on a catamaran.  This is a photo that was taken shortly before I started getting seasick.  I'm pretty sure Chris still had a great time with the unlimited maitai's and chatting with the crew.

These were from Volcano national park.  Sure enough, their warnings that those with trouble breathing may have difficulty were true!  I just about killed Chris trying to go see a crater.  It was supposed to be a 4 mile hike each way, but 1) We think their measurements are off, and 2) We never made it because Chris's asthma acted up as we got into areas with higher sulfur concentration.  Chris was disappointed we never saw a Nene in the wild, only in an enclosure.  But, of course, we've been trying to see a moose in the wild for years, and haven't pulled it off, so we'll just have to visit a few more times until we find a Nene.

These are from Akaka Falls.  We hadn't planned on stopping here, but had time, and I'm so glad we did!  It really was a pretty short hike in, but so pretty!  Chris called the tree he's standing in front of the Ewok Village.

I'll shoot for more soon, but it's going to depend on how good I am at nagging!

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