PdxDecember 13, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C
After taking an hour plus scenic bus ride I finally got to stop for some delicious ice cream right by my hostel that I have yet to check into!🍦🍦🍦
Certainly an upgrade from the hostel bathroom!!
Spent the first half of the day snorkeling and underwater scootering where we saw lots of fish and more than 5 turtles!!!
For the second half of the day we rode to Diamond Head and found an awesome little beach tucked away with almost no one there. We snorkeled and saw lots of beautiful fish and William even spotted a baby octopus and I found a huge sea cucumber! After drying off we finished circling Diamond Head as the sun set and faced a few more hills than we had expected before riding back into Waikiki.Read more
After a fun long day of kayaking and snorkeling we ventured out at for a nice dinner. After running a few blocks in heels to make our reservation I was ready to eat some delicious food. I ordered a lovely salad and a Hawaiian sweet potato bisque which was the prettiest and most delicious soup I have ever had. William went for the raw fish by ordering some tasty ahi poke and delicious sushi. In order to prevent some pain William ran back to the hotel to get me better shoes while I waited in a park. After a few minutes of strong wind it started to pour and I had to seek cover while I waited for my shoes to arrive. Luckily there was a pause in the storm and we made it back to the hotel even with a quick stop for some ice cream.Read more
Today we had an 8 AM pick up that drove us through some beautiful mountains and popped us out at Kaneohe Bay. Our guide, Mica, towed the lot of us out to Coconut island where we learned about the islands interesting past owners. After a quick snack we got into the crystal clear waters and started snorkeling around the reef surrounding the island. We saw lots of beautiful coral, huge fish, two huge turtles covered in barnacles, and even a pufferfish. We were then towed half way back and kayaked the rest of the way. After enjoying an authentic Hawaiian barbecue we were driven back to the hotel were I quickly passed out after a tiresome day.Read more
Today we woke up got all packed up and brought all our bags down before 9 am. We left our bags checked in downstairs and took the bikes out in search of some fresh fruit. There were two farmer's markets that looked promising as we ventured out. The closer one only took 10 minutes to get to but after a quick look around we realized there wasn't much to see. We then decided to go to the further one and made the haul up a very long hill to find a much bigger, better market. As the sellers started breaking down their tents we quickly found some rambutans to satisfy our fresh fruit needs. We then got a nice pineapple drink and some delicious Pho French dip from an authentic Vietnamese food tent. As we sat enjoying our food a very kind man came up and gave William four free papayas that he said would be ready in two days. We then coasted back down to our hotel to find the rest of the Messner gang waiting. We piled all our luggage into the small rented sedan and took off towards the Ko Olina Marriott. In another 40 minutes we arrived at the beautiful hotel with perfect lagoons lined up along the coast. We ate a late lunch at Longboards and then watched the sunset before drifting off to sleep.Read more
After a restless night filled with coughing and wheezing we decided William needed to go to the hospital to get some medicine prescribed. His mom, William, and I made the half hour drive to Queens Medical Center only to wait for another three hours to get a bed. In another two hours we had a diagnosis of acute bronchitis along with a viral infection in his lungs. The most exciting part of the day was seeing a beautifully colored rooster as we left the hospital and headed to pick up his prescriptions. After another 45 minutes waiting for the prescription we were ready to head home and I immediately took a long nap when we got to the hotel. When I finally awoke me and William ventured to the outdoor grill to cook the huge pieces of steak that would be our dinner. After dinner it didn't take much for all of us to pass out after a very long day.Read more
Today we decided to hang around the hotel and participate in the many events that Marriott was hosting. In the morning William and I went and looked at the tide pools that had only recently be filled and therefore didn't have much in the way of wildlife. We made our way over to the second lagoon to go snorkeling. We saw lots of little spotted pufferfish and many other vibrantly colored fish including the Hawaiian state fish. After drying off we headed back to our hotel and prepared ourselves for the hula hoop competition. Unfortunately none of us won any of the rounds despite my constant assurance of how good I was. We then headed to the soccer game where we found that the only one there was Jimmy, a friendly employee who we quickly befriended. A few minutes later a family showed up and we proceeded to school them at soccer. After showering we headed back down to watch the fire dancing and even saw a warrior climb a palm tree. As the sun set we made our way over to Longboards to eat a lovely meal. Once our food had settled we went night swimming in the hotel pool which included sneaking up the water slide. Luckily the water was turned off yet that didn't stop a few injuries from occurring while trying to reach the top of the very dark tube. It turns out going down a dry water slide with a wet bathing suit on isn't nearly as thrilling as I thought.Read more