DRIVE AROUND THE ISLAND [Day 7- Friday, Oct 29]
We woke up and went to breakfast so Mj could get his Hawaiian Bananas Foster French toast he's been wanting all week. His was $14 and my simple Belgian Waffle was $12! And again with the no sides thing! What is it with these restaurants? After that we walked across the street to get our rental car so we could spend the day driving around the island. By we I mean that Mj does all the driving and I sit on the passenger side with the map and attempt to help navigate.
According to our map it is only 90 miles around but for an island there seems to be quite a bit of traffic and some of the highway speed limits are as low as 50 MPH. We took our time though and with 3 stops we were on the road from 10:30 am until about 5:00 pm. That's 5 1/2 hours! It was also the wettest day of the whole week but it was better it be our road day then a beach day.
|Creepy Kaneana Caves|
We stopped at the Kaneana Caves which is just off the highway. We would have missed it if we hadn't seen people walking over there. It's like something out of an awful horror movie. There were deep dark crevices that you couldn't really see into so it was pretty creepy but as long as their were no knife wielding psycho killers I liked it!!
We also stopped at the Dole Pineapple plantation and browsed around a bit. We saw Pineapples growing off of a tree which I'd never actually seen before.
|You can see that pineapple sitting straight up|
on this bush
That night was really special. After we got back to the hotel we ate our slightly soggy left over sandwiches that we were too full to eat the day before, our left over chocolate cake and drank a bottle of wine together on our patio.
|Mj surprised me with this. Our love of pretzels|
was just one more thing we realized we had in common
when we met
I decided that now was as good a time as any to do what I call our "state of the union address" as we looked out over the balcony. It's basically a time for us to just speak our mind and chat about what's good and anything that's bothering us in the relationship. Communication is so important and I couldn't think of a better time and place to speak honestly and just be real with each other. I went to bed a little tipsy and drifted into another deep sleep all cuddled up with Mj. The moment we were dreaded came too fast...our last night in Oahu.
LAST DAY IN PARADISE [Day 8-Saturday]
We woke up, finished packing, took our luggage to the bell stand and headed straight for the beach. It was our last day and I wanted to spend every last moment soakin' up the sun and relaxing.
We stayed as long as we could then went to the bell stand to get our bag with our clothes and toiletries in it. We went to the check in/check out lounge at the Waikiki tower to shower and get ready for our flight. They have a really nice locker room and lounge area. They even provide snacks and drinks! Then all too soon it was time to get the rest of our luggage and head out to the pick up area to wait for our bus.
|Waiting for our bus|
I absolutely was not ready to go home yet but at the same time was glad that it didn't feel like the whole trip went too fast. Eight days is a good amount of time, any less and I'd probably have felt short changed. We really squeezed out every bit of fun and joy from each day and I had a fantastic time. Each and every day and night was perfect. Since I have to go home at least I can do so knowing that this honeymoon was everything I hoped it would be and more.