Miles, that is, OR 2698 miles each way. That's what the KiP family logged this weekend when we took a whirlwind trip across the Pacific to Oahu.
Here's the backstory:
About three weeks ago DH called me to tell me he won a trip for two to the ProBowl. To say we were excited and shocked was an understatement, but we didn't stop with the trip for two we added Diva and Rage to the mix for a family trip. Hawaii is a very special place for our family. DH and I were married in Hawaii almost 10 years ago, we lived there for a couple of years(DH lived there longer), and Little Diva was born there. I was surprised we were able to make the plane flights work with such a short window to prepare, but everything worked out and last Thursday morning we took off.
We stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village which is a beautiful place. DH and I kept commenting on how strange it was to be in Hawaii as tourists even after all this time(almost 8 years) it still feels like home to us. I was actually homesick as I sat and took everything in.
I only had a couple of things I wanted to accomplish in Hawaii. One was climbing Diamond Head(the other was eating sushi at our favorite place and let me tell you we did A LOT of that!). The last time I did it I thought I was going to die but at the time I was unaware of the fact that I was pregnant with Diva. It's rated as an easy hike--easy distance and terrain wise. Climbing up about 1.25 miles with no shade and over 200 steps in about 80 degree weather(coming from 30ish degrees the day before) was just a little challenge for the KiP clan, BUT we did it and here's the view to prove it:
Diva and Rage saw the beach for the first time and they were thrilled beyond all words. Diva, my Hawaiian baby, lived up to her birthplace and was ready to swim out as far as she could. I had to explain to her that the ocean is not like a pool and if you swim out too far it gets really deep and you can get swept away. Luckily Mother Ocean helped out by sweeping Diva back to shore every time she tried to venture out too far.
Thanks to the very friendly Japanese family who were very insistent about taking a picture of the three of us.
Saturday and Sunday were filled with beach and pool time while DH was golfing and attending the ProBowl with his cousin. On Monday, our last day there--we flew out at 11:15pm on Monday night, we spent the day driving around the island and showing the kiddos our old haunts. One of which was here:
When I needed a break during my lunch period or work period, I used to drive out here and take in the view. It still has the same effect. The ocean is such a calming presence for me I would get mesmerized for hours as I took all of it in--it was incredible to have the chance to do it again.
We also took the kiddos to Turtle Bay to show them were we got married and, as luck would have it, there were some pseudo big waves that day and that made a really big impression on Diva and Rage. Then we headed back to the airport and bid our Hawaii a fond Aloha!
Back to reality, sigh.