Hawaii Days 4, 5 &6

Brrrr. I’m back in Colorado and freezing my butt off. We got back yesterday morning after a sleepless, turbulent overnight flight. The memories of this trip will have to tide me over until summer, I suppose.

On the 4th day the boy and I decided to check out the touristey side of the island and headed to Waikiki. We were not impressed, at all. Compared to the north shore beaches we had been too this one was so small, so flat and SO crowded.


We bronzed for a bit, shopped for a bit and then we were ready to head back north and out of the tourist traps!

Day 5 my friend still had to work, so the boy and I headed south east to Kalua bay for some kayaking! When we got there it was a little windy with some sizeable choppy waves.


After talking it over we decided to risk it and head about a mile out to a big island you can pull up on.

We ha borrowed kayaks from my friend and her fiancée and, while very nice kayaks, they were designed to be used with spray skirts (to keep water out) and we didn’t have any.

Very long story short, the paddle there was fine as soon as we figured out a route that avoided the reef. When it was time to push of from the island we realized that it would be difficult because waves were coming around from either side of the island and smashing together right in front of the beach. We would have to time it just right and paddle like hell to get past. We decided my boyfriend would go first so I could push him out since I’m a bit more comfortable in the water and was okay pushing myself off from the shore. He made it out and I went to push myself off with proper timing. I had to wait about 3 minutes after him to go and I made it out past the breakers and looked up just in time to see him get knocked out of his kayak in front of me.

We tried to drain the kayak using the T technique I learned when I was younger, but this kayak was not designed to get water in it and therefore was not designed to be emptied easily. Watching as the kayak began to take on more water we decided that I would tow the now slowly sinking kayak and my boyfriend back to shore. A long hour and some tired shoulders later we touched onto someone’s private beach front, as it was the closest, to drain the kayak on shore and keep going back to the beach where we had parked.

A tiring adventure, but an adventure none the less. Have you ever hear of the show ‘I shouldn’t be alive’ that reenacts stories where people should have died while stranded in the wild? Well I am notorious for yelling at the TV during the show about how idiotic the people on it are  and their very bad their survival skills. That may have been my motivator to not whine and keep paddling during this experience.

Day 6 my friend had work off so we could hang out! We went to the Dole pineapple plantation in the morning.


Where I got to see a pineapple mid growth cycle, which was still slightly different than I had thought.


Next we went to Hale’iwa (because I’m obsessed with the north shore) to get some presents for people back home.


And we spotted some sea turtles who decided to hang out.


Then it was time to sadly end the trip and head to the airport. While it was nice to sleep in my own bed last night I miss my friend already and the beautiful green warmth of oahu! I haven’t worked out in over a week and I’m excited, albeit a bit scared ,to head back to my box this weekend?

Wha are your weekend plans?
What’s your favorite place you’ve visited?

Hawaii Day 3 -Hanuama Bay and Pillbox

Are you sick of my Hawaii posts yet? Too bad, I still have three more days 🙂 Today we venture southeast to Hanuama Bay, a state park that is famous for its views and snorkeling.


Prior to being allowed in everyone has to watch a 9 minute video about how to preserve the reef, complete with lovely little songs called ‘don’t step on me’ and ‘there is plenty under the sea, so please don’t feed me’. When we got down we decided to walk to the very edge away from everyone else to head out into the water. This was a mistake. The water there is SUPER shallow until you get far out and it was very difficult to go over the reef on the edges of the bay. This may have meant some stepping on the reef so as not to scrape our bellies. The don’t step on me song played in my head the whole time. We decided to head back to shore to try a different approach.


Right when we got back we saw this lovely little SEA SNAKE. Snakes are scary enough on land, but poisonous snakes in the WATER?! I had to wait a minute before I got back in.

Turns out if you go where everyone else was it was deep enough to swim out to some good snorkeling without stepping on anything. Moral of the story: sometimes it’s better to not be a special snowflake and to follow the herd.


Afterward we grabbed some lunch and some Hawaiin shaved ice (which I had been wanting the past couple days). I got coconut, pineapple and mango flavored. Delicious. Next we went to go on a famous Hawaiin hike called the lanikai pillbox. It’s short but very steep up. Gorgeous views all around.


It has cool graffitied ‘pill boxes’ which look like old military gun forts but I have no idea.


Today my friend and her fiancée have to work (sad. Such responsible adults) so the boy and I are going to venture to touristey Waikiki then maybe head east for some kayaking!! Do I really have to go back to negative degree colorado on Wednesday?!?

Hawaii Day 2

This water girl was very happy after today! This morning we hit the north shore in the morning to get some beach time in. We had wanted to do some cliff jumping but the surf was too rough around the cliffs.


So we played around in the smaller waves and then left to grab some lunch!


After lunch we decided to rent some paddle boards. The inlet we were paddling around had tons of sea turtles that would swim under your board. No pictures, as I don’t have a water proof case, but it was pretty amazing! They also had a tree that had a rope attached to it. I couldn’t miss out on that, so I jumped off my board and climbed on up on the limb that stuck out over the water. I checked to make sure there were no sea turtles beneath me and swung on out. It was a nice little addition to the ride.


Afterwards we came back to my friends house and grilled up some dinner and sat around the fire pit. A perfect day!


Hawaii Day 1

Aloha from the lovely Island of Oahu!


Last July one of my best friends from college and her fiancé moved to Honolulu. I immediately made a plan to come visit her when I knew it would be cold and snowy in CO. I dragged the boyfriend along too. I’m sure he’s really disappointed 😉

We started the day with a run along the Dole Pineapple fields, where I learned that pineapples grow in the ground NOT in a tree. I was told I should be embarrassed that I didn’t know this. Oh well.


Then we decided to take a very muddy hiking adventure to a waterfall called Maunawili Falls. We slipped and slides, crossing some creeks as we went. The boys hoped across the rocks like pros while I said ‘screw it’ and got my feet wet. I’m not graceful enough to hop.


The water was a little cold but well worth the hike.


Excited to see what’s next!

Texas BBQ and Sunshine

Greetings from Austin, Texas! I’ve been spending the weekend enjoying the sunshine and eating my body weight in delicious food. I’ve also learned that big hair isn’t so much a fashion statement as an unavoidable result of the Texas humidity. It also made my stick straight hair curl, finally!

We are here to visit one of my boyfriend’s best friends from college, Al. We spent the afternoon playing in his family’s gorgeous pool, grilling and simply relaxing. It was amazing.

That was followed up by some Authentic Texas BBQ at Rudy’s. We were brought there by Al who said it was one of his favorite BBQ places in the area. It’s attached to a gas station and I loved the casual vibe, totally Texas


It had so much delicious meat straight off the smoker. They give you samples of everything they offer from brisket to pulled pork to steak to sausage. We got a couple pounds and brought it home since we were all exhausted from a day of sun and swimming. This was my plate


I’m currently sprawled on the couch hoping I digest quickly so I can go back for more. When in Texas ya gotta go big or go home.

Hotel Room Workout

Since I didn’t go see family over the holidays, I’ve run away from Colorado for the weekend to spend time with family in NYC and Boston.

New York can be stressful. I’m one of those people who slams the imaginary break in the car when driving with other people, so NYC taxi cabs are possibly one of the most stressful experiences of my life. That combined with the 5 hours of travel time means I was pretty ansy by the time I got to the hotel. I had about 30 minutes before the rest of my family arrived, so I decided to get in a quick hotel room workout to get my sillys out.

So I present to you, a quick hotel room workout, complete with awkward poses and faces.

I started with 15 modified “box jumps” onto the bed. My trainer always makes fun of me for having no vertical leap, but I swear it’s slowly improving! (Although it’s not hard to improve from my original 2 inches).

Bed Jumps

Bed Jumps

Followed that up with a minute plank. Then attempted to do 20 pistol squats on a bench. The squishy fabric tested my already awful balance and added an extra challenge.

Going down...

Going down…

Followed by 30 sit ups and 50 mountain climbers. Then I felt my upper body needed some attention, and wanted to utilize the double bed somehow. So I did some creative pushups.


Followed that up 30 burpees, 25 dips using the same bench as the pistol squat. Finished it up with a two minute wall sit.


Then repeated. Easy peasy lemon squeezey. Took less than 20 minutes, easy to do at home or on vacation as quick way to get the blood flowing, boost the metabolism and have some fun 🙂

Now I’m off to enjoy some lunch and then later might take a run through Central Park. Happy Friday Everyone!