This blog post is the equivalent of inviting you into my living room for a slideshow, 1970s style! Here are the Top 10 Hawaiian Vacation Memories that will stay with me long after our return.
1. Quite memorable is the fact that my husband and I mistakenly made plane reservations for the day before our vacation home would be ready for occupancy. This left us with another whole day and night to fill before meeting up with the rest of the family. We booked our extra night at a Marriot Resort, which would have been heavenly if our flight had not been delayed for eleven hours in Denver. We stumbled into the hotel at 2 am, and had to wait for the next day to behold the beauty of Waikiki Beach. It was a pretty unforgettable chain of events before our vacation even began!
|Our hotel for the first night. Oh, bummer, an extra night in Hawaii!|
|My sketched and watercolored version of our view|
|Katy's Hawaiian sunrise|
|Bayla's Hawaiian sunrise|
|My husband, the girls and I|
|Katy walking with my father, with Bayla taking her usual lead at the head of the group.|
|My husband and Katy on the steps up to the waterfall|
5. It's always fun to see what captures the imagination of children as opposed to the adults when traveling with a mixed group. We stopped at the amazing Nuuanu Pali Lookout with its breathtaking panoramic view of the windward side of the island. The mountains create a tunnel with a wind effect that had my hair standing up vertically. No one photo could capture the enormity of it all:
The kids were riveted by something else altogether: this little chameleon in the parking lot, being held in this photo by the park guide making sure we paid for our parking.
6. Another memorable morning from our vacation was my horseback-riding experience at Kualoa Ranch. I took the two-hour tour with my father, step-sister, and her husband, while everyone else went on the bus tour and checked out the petting zoo.
8. Not everything memorable is good, mind you, and a memory that will stay with me a long time from our Hawaiian vacation was my six-year-old Katy being stung by a Portuguese man-o-war.
The blue thread is the man-o-war's tentacles, and carries its sting. My husband rushed her back to the house, and we did the best we could with vinegar, water, and Benadryl. Within an hour, most of the swelling and pain seemed to disappear. The internet said things like, "Not every man-o-war sting results in death," and when I called the pediatrician to follow up this morning, it was suggested that we should have sought more thorough medical care while still in Hawaii. So, pray with me that this incident will stay merely a memory, with no follow-up concerns that we aren't expecting!
10. And what vacation would be complete without a little shopping!
I saw this gorgeous mermaid on the wall at one store, and had visions of someday recreating the beauty:
So, you now have seen my 21st century version of the 1970s beach vacation slide show! I hope you are enjoying your own memorable vacations (or staycations) this summer season.