October 22, 2008

Paradise Part 1

Well, we are back from Paradise!! We loved it!!!!! Even though we love are own comfy bed we didn't want to come back. The last ten days were a blast. We spent time on the Big Island (Kona) and Kauai. They are two very different islands but loved them both so much. Romney and I have been talking about going to Hawaii for a while and one night we were up late and decided that we just needed to book it and make it happen. So three weeks later we were off....

KAUAI


We started Kauai off by going on a helicopter tour of the island. It was so fun. The sights were amazing! 2/3 of the island you cant see or get to unless you are in the air. We still cannot believe how green it was and how beautiful it was to be up there. The wettest spot in the world is smack dab in the middle of the island, and we saw it. We were able to fly in the middle of the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. We saw incredible waterfalls that we wouldn't of been able to. We are so glad we did it.




We rented a car and drove all around the island which isn't hard to do...at all. But one day we drove south until it stopped. It was such a great day. We stopped by the blowhole and watched the water launch high into the air from the lava tubes. We stopped by the National Botanical Gardens which was fabulous. So many different plants and flowers. It was great!! We continued south and stopped at every look out. The sights were indescribable, seriously pictures don't do them justice. The whole way home in the pouring rain and no street lights we kept saying over and over "what a great day!" "what a great day!"



The next day we headed up North doing the same thing. Driving and continuing to say "awe this is beautiful!" We kept our swimming suits and hiking shoes in the trunk at all times because you never know what you are going to come across. Here we came across some great hiking. It was a HEALTHY hike! My heart was pumping. UP hill, on slippery muddy rocks...mmmm my kind of hike. No really it was great. We were able to see the Napali Coast which is UNREAL, it's breath taking. I did take a little spill on this hike. Nothing like a good abrasion to the knee. Unfortunately we were attacked by bugs and still have the bites to itch...lovely.



We were told by many that we needed to kayak while in Kauai. So we did, and we would of been so sad had we not. We kayaked the Wailua River up to yet another trail. This trail was so mossy and green and it truly felt like we were in the jungle. Well I guess we were in the jungle. We hiked in our water shoes through thick mud, and on slick rocks. It was fun to hear the waterfall but not see it. I don't know how the tour guide knows where to go but he did.


Once we got to the 200 foot water fall which they call the Secret Falls we ate a yummy lunch provided by some locals we dove into the water. At first it was cold but after a second it was refreshing. We did go stand under the fall and that was kind of cool...( it hurt actually)



Here are some more fun things we did and saw. There is just too many pictures to choose from. ALOHA!


20 comments:

Sheryl said...

So happy for you and your incredible trip. There is just nothing like Hawaii, especially all the countryside that you explored. Heavenly Father gave us a gift in creating Hawaii!

Meagan Cooper said...

What an amazing trip! The pictures are beautiful, you did so many unforgetable things! I am envious! I am so glad that you and Rika had such a wonderful time! Mike has said in the past you two would be so much fun to go on a trip with!

megan&steve said...

Yay Erin & Romney! Cute pictures from your tropical vacation! I want to know what you did on Kona, since we are going there next month for Thanksgiving.

Anne Marie said...

Looks so great!!! Sounds like you had a great time. You've convinced me. Someday (hopefully soon) we're going!!!

Kurt And Jeana said...

Oh I'm so jealous! Your trip looks like so much fun! I've never been to Hawaii, Unlike stinking Kurt who has lived there 3 different times. Hopefully we can save up some money and go maybe in 2010... Also depends on where we are in life I guess. The waterfall looks so romantic with you two in the water! I'm glad you guys had so much fun!

The Texas Links said...

WOW!! Fantastic pics!! I'm so glad you guys loved it--and I'm glad you weren't resort people. Going to places like Hawaii is no fun unless you get out and EXPLORE. It looks like you did just that. Just driving until the road stops--how fun. And the waterfall--very romantic. Tell Rom "great pics" for me. Hawaii is a photographical paradise.
Next time, let's go together, K? Glad you're back safe. Heart you!

The Oakeson Gang said...

I wanna go!! amazing pictures! Looks like an unforgetable time. Ryan and I plan to go next year at this time for our 10 year anniversary. You guys are so cute!

Jenny said...

Glad you guys had such a great time. I love that you went on a helicopter, so cool! I loved the picture of the tree too. I loved driving around just looking at them. They are enormous and so beautiful!

Alison said...

What a great trip Erin! I read this post to Annaliese and Avrie. They totally loved every word (as did I) and loved the pictures. So can we go with you next time?

scott said...

jealous, jealous, jealous!

scott said...

oh . . . this is lacy

Shannon said...

What a fun trip. I glad that you had such a great time.

kRiStEn_S said...

Sooo fun!! That would be a blast!! My brother went there for his honeymoon last month and they said it was so amazing! Maybe someday...

Kristen said...

What a fabulous trip Erin! I loved hearing all about it and LOVED seeing all the pictures. The flowers were amazing and so was that tree!
Glad you had a good time.

Dartay said...

How much fun did you guys have! You guys are quite the adventurous couple! Doesn't it stink when it all comes to an end :( We just got back from Cabo and we're having withdrawals! You guys need to move up here so we can play!

Rachelle said...

oh la la - how romantic! that looks like a very memorable vacation. so glad you could go together!!

Heather Anderson said...

looks so pretty and like you had a great time!

erinTphotography said...

Awesome, I love all the photos!

The Escobars said...

Wow...how fun for you two! Glad you loved it...the scenery looks amazing! One day...one day. Ernesto & I are off to Peru-Macchu Picchu & Chile in 5 weeks...wahoo! Escaping the cold of Utah and heading south!

Ashley said...

Hey!!! It was good to see you the other night!!! Looks like a fun vacation!!
I need your email, i'm having a modbe party on thursday and wanted to invite you, Amy and Becki :)
email me: girlygirlashlee AT yahoo DOT com