Saturday, February 23, 2013

4 days of paradise

We are back in the saddle again so to speak. Transitioning from our 4 days in Kona straight to a week of work was tough, but this trip was good enough to carry a ton of great memories for awhile. Everything really was perfect. The kids had a blast with their Grandparents and Aunties enjoying quality time in Santa Barbara, LA, and I'm sure everywhere in between! We had an amazing time getting UNINTERRUPTED SLEEP!(really is amazing how well you feel after 8 hours of the stuff! So good we really couldn't sleep in !) And we also filled all our moments with great trips to postcard perfect hike in beaches with our old friends and neighbors Dick and Lori, a lot of terrific snorkeling, amazing fish-papayas-mangos-bananas-pinapples-and those amazing fruity drinks, an amazing night on a cliff look out watching manta rays, and I could go on and on! It was capped by a peak at a multimillion dollar home where we got to enjoy drinks and a great sunset over the ocean with a great tub to soak our feet in. Yes, epic. It was primarily awesome in that Alex and I now realize how much we really can do and how much fun we have with just the two of us. Our kids are our life, but we're pretty fun without them once in awhile!

First morning in Kona, starting off with some fresh juice??NOOO, Airborne for us. I fought a cold but even that couldn't spoil an amazing time!

Hiking out to Maklavena Beach

Beach shot with our great friends Dick and Lori
Remembering how to boogie board!
Snorkel fun
Such an amazing spot. After our hike in we ate, drank, swam, snorkeled, relaxed, and even took a little nap :-)
driving out from Maklavena, we were following the locals...lots of jeeps and surfers...
Alex braving a windy ocean on the paddle board.

calmer waters on our hotel beach

This is just to show HOW windy it can get! This was the next day, on our way to the "green" side of the island. More wind and rain. Beautiful  scenery!

Hike down to Pololu Valley. Great hike even if a bit windy and rainy

Looking away from the ocean on the Pololu Valley floor. Alex said it reminded him of Alaska. Crazy how many different looks the landscape of Hawaii has!

Pololu Valley

There were several rope swings hanging from trees on the Valley floor, most you would not want to try!

This one was great!
My favorite picture of the trip I believe, the valley floor and forrest of Pololu valley was amazing! I love the trees and trail :-)

Gorgeous view looking up the coast from the trail

Rainbow and Mauna Kea

Hiking down to Captain Cook Monument. 1300 foot climb to get out and 4 miles round trip but so worth it!

Snorkeling Captain Cook

Mai Tai!!!
A pina colada a night was on Alex's schedule!

My great morning run scenery. First time in months I was able to run in shorts and a tank top!

Gorgeous sunset!

Hanging out with sea turtles while watching the sunset!

Our hotel was at the start of the Iron Man swim. Though during our stay the Pea-Man event was going on...3 mile run 1/3 mile swim. More my style!

One of our many fabulous fish dinners. Can you say wahoo and ahi!!

 We are blessed to have amazing family that we could entrust our home and our boys to. Lucky pups we are!


Ashley said...

LOOKS AmazinG!

Sheelagh said...

SOOOO awesome! I have to pick your brain about all of this. We have just been invited to Hawaii in May!!!! Looks like a lot of fun hiking that I would like to try.

I am soooo happy you two love birds made it away alone and realized how awesome you are together. I had no doubt in my mind! You two are super fun, energetic, nature minded, free-spirits. I LOVE it!

Fultmeyer Clan said...

Sheelagh how wonderful. Hawaii is so wonderful...and NOT in the touristy tropical drink kind of way. But in the perfect climate, more perfect ocean, natural beauty kind of way. No kids for your trip??? Which island? Yep we need a phone date!

Ron S. said...

Good job on the photo essay Katie & Alex!
Mom & I are so glad you guys had an awesome trip, that indeed is what "Best Friends" are supposed to do . . . . . !
Was great having the Boy's, was fun for all, look forward to the next time.