Thursday, August 04, 2011


okay. i just turned in my last assignment for summer semester. yahoo! i'm ready to get a few things done that i've been putting off, like this blog. so here we go...

mark and i went to kauai at the beginning of july. yes, kauai! i still can't believe that we managed to pull off our dream vacation. i've been talking about going to hawaii for ten years. i can't even begin to describe how much fun we had. it was pure heaven. truly. i haven't seen mark that relaxed in a long time. he's a hard working guy who doesn't have a lot of down time. really, we were both grinning from ear to ear the moment we stepped off the plane to the moment we stepped back on the plane to head home. note: coming home from hawaii was one of the most depressing experiences i've ever had. mark had to drag me on the plane. let's not dwell on that too much.

moving on...

are you ready for a few hundred pictures? brace yourself. i'll add a little commentary as we go along.

LAX. at this point we've been awake for about 26 hours straight. we worked wednesday, drove the kids to cedar in the evening to stay with family for the week, drove to vegas at 1am to catch a flight to LAX and then onto kauai. mark tried his best to take cat naps where he could. i felt pretty gross at this point. i needed a shower asap. we were finally able to get some sleep after 35 hours of being awake.
spouting horn. it's on the south end of the island. the waves come up through the holes in the rocks. it's really beautiful. there was a turtle floating in the waves by one of the rocks and we were waiting for the little turtle to be shot up through one of the holes. never happened, much to our disappointment. mark was in love with the sweet potato chips.

tunnels beach. it's close to the most nothern part of the island that people can drive to. the road literally ends. this is also where the movie south pacific was filmed back in the day.

taking a hike up to secret falls. just ignore my white legs.

this is the river we kayaked to get to the secret falls hike. our hotel was only about a mile from here. i love how green it is!

waimea canyon. it's called the grand canyon of the pacific. beautiful. 
hiking the na pali coast. the beach is ke'e beach and tunnels beach (my favorite). you can see the reef through the water. that's where we snorkeled and saw some huge sea turtles.
let me just jump in here and say that i'm in most of the pics because mark hates pics...even when he's in hawaii that doesn't change.

well here's a picture of mark. he was a great kayaker. he had to do most of the kayaking on the way back up the river. i guess i need to work on my upper body strength.

south end of the island

mark going snorkeling at tunnels beach. he loved to snorkel and i laid out. win, win. although, i did snorkel a little bit.

enjoying a bit of shade after swimming

sunset at ke'e beach. this was my favorite day.

waiting for the sunset

so beautiful
 that's our trip in a nutshell. 
we definitely want to go back at some point. i loved every minute. every. minute. i'm so grateful mark and i were able to take a little time for ourselves and enjoy this experience together. 

P.S. we should have taken pics of all the food we ate. it was definitely picture worthy. everything was so delicious! and if you ever go there and want to know where to go for THE best shave ice, just ask me. i wish we could find shave ice like that near home. pure heaven.


Amy said...

I am so loving these pictures! I want to go back so bad and take Ian. Happy you had a great trip!

Chris and Tara Stanley said...

Looks like you guys had such a great time! Chris and I got engaged in Hawaii. I love it there so much, I hope we can go back some day.

Marisa Jean said...

Ooooozzzzzing with jealousy! It looks amazing, all of it, and even though I've been to Kauai, you guys got to go to places we never did. So glad you got away! You needed it! :)