Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hawaii Final Goodbye

ANDDDD there were only 4 left on the Island..the rest had been voted off. What a pitty.
 We were half vacationed out, half crying inside that we had to leave. So as one of our last activities we had to get those bomb tacos one more time. 
and again they didn't disappoint, not one bit. 

depressed little boy #1

 grieving (in denial) little tike #2
mourning little chief #3

.... and thats basically how the last supper was. Silence. 

Before we went to the airport we stopped at a Waikiki beach for one last look. Watched a sand volleyball match. Observed a homeless guy shower. And saw about 6 VW buses owned by men fulfilling their surf every coast in my VW bus dream. It was charming. 

We flew to San Fran for our first stop.. got there an HOUR early which began our 8 hour layover. Starting at 11 at night.. so we got the cheapest hotel we could find, took a shuttle there.. and devoured iHop at 1:30 a.m. then CRASHED instantly. I arrived back in Vegas at 8:30 am.. and went straight to work. 

And that concludes the trip. 
It was tropicalicious.


a completely needed Vacay. 

Until next time:)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Hawaii Waterfall hike & Laie Temple

 Wednesday we started the day off at the swap meet in Honolulu at the stadium on the campus of University of Hawaii. You KNOW i love me a good swap meet. Later that afternoon we all went on another hike. This one a little more enjoyable, and less stairs. Thank heavens. Trees with vines are everywhere, don't even think for a second we didn't wanna Tarzan those babies.

These trails were like nothing I've been on. Roots populating the entire thing. It was so beautiful.

This was a happy accident of a photo.. didn't look at all before shooting.

The end of the hike was an incredible waterfall with cliffs to jump from.

We always tend to hike spontaneously and I never have the right shoes therefore of course I step in 5 mud puddles. Picture doesn't give the damage justice.

As we finish up the hike a pack of bikers zoomed past us by the trail head, and this is how the photos I tried to snatch of them came out. 

 Today I woke up demanding I get to walk to the Temple, which literally is a 10 minute walk from where we are staying.

 It reminds me of the temples written about in olden times. It was incredible, and the temple grounds were so well taken care of. 

 Look at this little guy! 

These sister missionaries get to wear mu-mu's when they're on the clock on the temple grounds. Lucky. There was another hand full of them all wearing matching ones. 

 Marine and I

 View from the temple. Can you see the beach?

Then one of my favoritest parts of the temple grounds was this incredible TREEEEEE! would you just look at it?

 I REALLY wish i could grow this in my backyard.

 I would prance around like this everywhere. 

This week is flying by too fast. Can time stop please. I don't even mind how cray cray my hair is on the daily.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hawaii Pipeline and Stairway to Heaven Hike

I've been waiting to see a surf competition while I'm here and finally the North Shore provided just that. It was called pipeline. We couldnt see super well, but the day was perfect with blue skies and big waves. The 25+ people in our group finally all got to be in one place at a time. It was prime beach day.
Alexis and Dan 

This little girl was so in love with the sand .. straight up taking mouth fulls and smiling.

One of the girls competing.

Later in the day we started on a hike called the Stairway to Hell Heaven. Consists of 4000 steps. Unfortunately we got a little lost in the jungle on the way there... and some of us didn't get to finish the whole thing to see the sunset. Me, being one of them because it got dark.

Did I mention we had to sneak in?

This bad boy was SO STEEP. My booty was on fire.
We had to sneak under the highway to get to the trail stair head.

This is my wing woman Marine. She's from Switzerland and has gone to Utah State the last 4 years. She's incredible.

It was so steep that we could see this view in no time. We were all dripping in sweat.

This stretch shown was pretty mellow compared to the other steep parts we came from. 

It started getting dark, but the city was lighting up. It was fantastic.

Corie, a new friend I met on the trip.

The highway we had to go under in the beginning.

We look like we just got done swimming with how sweaty we are. lol Just beautiful.

I'd be lying if I said the hike was a stroll in the park. haha Pretty intense, but really worth it when it was all done and we got to see the Island from so high up.
 I'm excited to see the other hikes here on the Island. Goodnight world.