Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mt Kaala

Over the weekend our hiking enthusiast friend, Gen lead us on the trail of the tallest peak on Oahu. It was the first time we hiked around the west side of the island and we enjoyed every step of it. The morning was cloudy, the trail was muddy, there was a steady incline, and we used ropes to climb over boulders.  We hiked underneath canopies of tress and then when we got to a clearing near the top we were in the clouds so we could not see the views that surrounded us. Once we made it to the top of the mountain it flattened out and we walked another 15-20 minutes along a boarded pathway through native Hawaiian plants (which are being preserved). Then the moment we came to an overlook the clouds parted, the sun shined and we could see the North Shore, it was an incredible view. After we spent a few minutes looking down on Haleiwa Town we walked over to another lookout and we could see the south side of the island, it was so neat to be able to see both the north and south sides of the island. After some time and taking in the awesome views from the top we made our climb back down the mountain. On the way down the sun was shining and we were in awe of the beauty that surrounded us as we were exploring the tallest peak, Mt Kaala.

Doesn't Zach look like he was made to climb mountains?

Hiking in the clouds

Contemplating how to climb this boulder

We made it to the top! 4,026 feet above sea level

Gen, the mountain goat that she is
The south shores off in the distance

Looking down on the North Shore

It's always an adventure with Gen!

It was such a different feeling being on the mountain with the sun out

We could hear this waterfall on our way up and saw it on our way down

We hiked about 7 miles in 7 hours. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Our Adventures Lately

WOW, I have not blogged at all in 2016 and it's almost June!!! We have had a busy but very fun 5 months! Zach's parents came out to spend New Years with us. We got to see some big, 40+ feet tall waves. Zach's sister Emily came out for a visit. We went to the Big Island with my mom and Dan. We got to hangout with my uncle Greg and aunt Tori during their Hawaiian vacation. I flew to Arizona for my cousin's wedding and enjoyed spending time with my Sosebee family. Last week we flew to the island of Molokai to celebrate my 30th birthday. And that's just what happened in the first half of the year...we have much more planned for our remaining 6 months in Hawaii.

 David & Mary enjoying the North Shore

 Big waves off Waimea Bay

 Aloha Emily!

 Mom and Dan enjoying the black sand beach 

 Waipio Valley was one of our favorite spots on the Big Island

Getting attacked by dinosaurs 

I love being with my beautiful sissy

Molokai is a unique island. There's not one stop light on the island, the "downtown" consists of 2 whole blocks, there are no chain stores or fast-food restaurants, and everywhere we went there were hardly any people. Our favorite spot on the island was Halawa Valley, similar to Waipio Valley on the Big Island, it's full of beauty. From Molokai you can see the islands Maui and Lanai very clearly, which adds a different feeling. 

 In awe of the trees 

 Old sugarcane mill

  Halwa Valley 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christmas 2015

Zach and I had a wonderful Christmas!
We were a little sad to think this was our last Christmas in Hawaii and could possibly be our last Christmas just the two of us.
We wanted to keep it simple; eat good food, enjoy opening presents together, and go to the beach.
On Christmas Eve we made ham, mashed potatoes, and stuffing and made enough so we would not have to cook again on Christmas {we love leftovers}.
We've tried to make watching Elf our Christmas Eve tradition {so far it's only happened our first two years here} we forgot the movie last year when we went to Utah and this year I only made it through the credits before I started to fall asleep.
On Christmas morning we woke up excited that Santa had come, of course! Popped a french toast bake in the oven, opened presents, and called our families to wish them a Merry Christmas.
Zach had the best idea to take our little tree with us to the beach so we took the ornaments off and packed our beach bag.
It was a beautiful Christmas beach day. We planted our tree in the sand and took some photos.
Other people walked over and ask us if they could use our tree to take a photo with.
'Tis the season!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Big Waves

I think one of the coolest things about living in Hawaii is being able to see big waves and what's more impressive than seeing the waves is hearing them.

One of the new things Zach and I have been doing is volunteering as Honu Guardians with Malama na Honu on the north shore. Basically we educate visitors about sea turtles. 
The turtles come ashore to bask on the sand and Honu Guardians are responsible for roping off the turtles so visitors do not disturb them. 
We have enjoyed learning about sea turtles and spending more time at the north shore. 
Yesterday we were scheduled to watch the beach but due to the high surf that rolled in earlier this week the beach was closed. 
So we drove down the road to Pipeline to watch the big waves. 
We sat there for over 2 hours watching the waves and the brave surfers. 
The water was so powerful yesterday like nothing we have seen before, at one point there were 4 sets of waves rolling in at the same time. 
Seeing waves over 20 feet high is truly an amazing experience. 

The Honu

Monday, October 12, 2015

Zach Turned 30!

A couple weeks ago I surprised Zach with a weekend getaway to Turtle Bay for his 30 birthday.
I booked the room back in March and it was so hard to keep it from him for months. 
There were moments where I'd get so excited and almost blurt out, "When we are at Turtle Bay..." but quickly remembering Zach didn't know we were going to Turtle Bay. 
It was fun to surprise him and getting our families involved to help me out!
We had a wonderful weekend and loved being away from it all for a couple days. 
The resort is lovely and we had a wonderful view of the pool and ocean. 
We swam a lot in the pool, even the rain didn't keep us out. 
We explored the property and walked along the beach. 
The only downfall of the weekend was the stormy weather.
I had also planned for us to do a shark cage excursion but due to the bad weather it got cancelled. 
We'll have to save that one for next year. 

I wanted to make Zach's 30th special because we are embarking on a whole new chapter in our lives in our 30's and that is exciting! 

View from our room. 

We enjoyed watching the surfers. 

The movie "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" is one of our favorites and they filmed all over Turtle Bay, including a large portion with those cottages. 
We quoted the movie the whole weekend. 

Cheers to 30! 

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