Hawaii: February 18-26, 2013
|View from the lanai of Kyle and Jade's home|
We could have sat at the house staring at the view and let the kids play and it would have been a vacation for the books. Although we did have plenty of R&R time, we also got in plenty of beach and exploring in!
When we arrived, Kyle and Jade had been living in Hawaii just long enough to have discovered all the best beaches. We nicknamed each one so we could remember what beach was best for what. There were beaches that were perfect for the kids because the rocks would make little inlets of shallow water. Some had perfect waves for body boarding, or others were great for snorkeling and seeing turtles. Each one was stunning in its own way and I couldn't help but just keep snapping photos. I would literally just sit on the beach in awe of the breathtaking beauty all around me. I kept catching myself grinning for no reason except that I was just SO. HAPPY. I love love love the beach. Watching my children experience it for the first time was a special experience.
BTW. none of these photos are edited in any way. natural beauty ya'll
This beach was fun because the kids could explore the shallow water for sea urchins or schools of tiny fish.
Every single night we would witness the most beautiful sunset.
One of our first days there, we spent most of the day out on the little ocean boat Kyle and Jade shipped out. Sadly, I don't have any pictures because I was worried about dropping my phone/camera in the water. It was the perfect way to go whale watching, and a provided a different way to experience the ocean. I will admit that even though I grew up with the ocean and am fairly comfortable with it, at first I was nervous to have 4 young children and 4 adults on a 10 ft tube boat surrounded by water. There is something slightly eerie about being out there all alone with no land in sight- especially when just a few hundred feet away you see a 50 TON, forty foot whale breach the water. It sure can make you feel really small in a big world fast!
It didn't take long for me to relax and just enjoy. You can bet that I never relaxed that kung phu grip on my children though! We saw SO many whales on that trip. Whales travel in pods so sometimes we would sit there quietly gazing across the water, looking for a puff of water to come up, meaning a whale was "blowing". Usually a blow meant they were preparing to come out of a water for a breach. When someone would see a blow in the distance we would cruise in that direction as fast as we can to get a better look. A few times we thought we stopped a few hundred yards away but suddenly realized they were totally surrounding us and we were seeing breaches left and right. It was so incredible.
One night we went to the Hylton Mega-resort just to walk around. They have a dolphin reserve so you can stand right above them and watch them play. It is landscaped beautifully, and they have lots of other exotic animals to see. It is right on the beach and we happened to be there just before sunset, which is when the whales get really active and jump. Jade and I were busy snapping pictures of the sunset when we saw a whale breach and we saw the entire tail fin. I happened to take the photo just as it happened and saw it though my lens. Even though you can't see it super clearly in the photo, that sunset picture will always remind me of that special memory.
|Look at the little black mark in the water on the right hand side. That is a part of a fin as it is coming out of the water!|