Monday, May 15, 2006

Hawaii - Thursday, May 11th, 2006 (Part 3)

After diving, we stopped at Teddy's for burgers. Yum. From there, we were off on our North Shore excursion. Our friend, Kurt, picked us up and we headed north. We passed over the beautiful Koolau Mountains in the center of the island, known by many people as the background hills in the television show Lost.

We went to a secluded beach up on the North Shore, with less than 10 people in sight from where we were sitting. In the distance, we could see kite surfers racing across the waves and bouncing up into the air. It was amazing. We were nowhere near as active, choosing instead to nap in the warm sun and cool ocean breezes.

On our way back from the beach, we stopped in Haliewa for some dinner and shave ice, a local island favorite. It was yummy.

We had one more stop to make on the way. The Kukaniloku Stones were the site of births for Hawaiian Royalty for more than 800 years, and they still sit undisturbed today.

A scenic drive back through Wahiawa and down across Honolulu, and we were soon back at our hotel. We broke our own "no TV" rule for once, to watch Survivor, then fell asleep early. Another good day and great evening on our vacation.

You know, I really cannot believe the week has flown by so quickly. Ric and I have barely checked our cell phone voice mail or personal email, and we have NOT checked our work voice or email. This really is a vacation, and it feels incredible to take so much time for ourselves. This should be a reminder to us both that we need private time with just the two of us. We haven't taken this kind of trip since our honeymoon to New Orleans three years ago. Definitely too much time between real vacations.

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