Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Big Island

I have a request to see more pictures of Hawaii, so this post is dedicated to the Big Island, or as Julia would say, Hawaiito. Thanks to Justin's parents, we were able to to spend a whole week there. It was amazing. The perfect honeymoon. Here are some pictures to highlight some of our adventures.

This was just after arriving at the Kona airport, which is completely outdoors. It was an evening flight, and we gained some hours so it felt much later than it was. If we look tired, that's why.

One of the first things we did after exploring the resort, was take a tour of the valley on horseback. Here we are on our horses GJ, or George of the Jungle (Justin's horse), and Macho Man (mine). Macho man had a listening disorder and wouldn't do a thing I said.

The next day we went to a nearby beach to have some fun in the sun. We weren't there very long, but it sure felt like we were. We got burnt pretty bad and felt it for a few days.

That night was the luau. Here we are waiting at our table for dinner to start. Our sunburns were much worse than they appear in this picture.

Here are a couple of Hawaiians digging our pig out of the ground where it had been cooking all day. It was pretty tasty.

We definitely got to admire a lot of beautiful scenery. This instance was while waiting for the show to start after eating the above mentioned pig.

The next morning we got up early to catch a morning snorkel. We took a boat ride to this protected cove where we snorkeled and had a great barbeque on the boat. Our disposable camera wasn't able to capture all of the colors that we saw underwater, but here are a few shots anyway. It was so cool to be swimming around down there. A huge pod of dolphins came to the cove while we were there as well and we got to see them from the boat pretty close up.

At the resort we stayed at, there is this lagoon fed by the ocean water that you can swim in. Since it is connected to the open ocean all kinds of sea life come in and out including sea turtles.

... and this puffer fish. We swam around with him and he didn't seem to mind one bit. I just kept waiting for it to get scared and puff up.

Taking a stroll around the resort. . .

After a long stay, we were still not ready to leave. It was such a happy getaway that whenever things get hard or boring or cold or unfavorable in any way we can just say, "think of Hawaii." Justin will then proceed to make Hawaiian music noises while I pretend to bask in the sun and we can't help but smile.


lyle and julia said...

what a fun trip!!! I am glad you enjoyed it so much :) I really do love the Big Island!!! Did you stay at the Hilton Waikoloa??

Crystal said...

Yep, that's the place. So fun.

Elisabeth (and Tyler) said...

How FUN! Ok.. We're all dying to know: Did you play with the beach ball? :)

Crystal said...

Ha... no. The frisbee yes, but the beach ball, no. We had every intention of blowing it up to at least take a picture, but it is still in the package to this day. Haha!

Delatore Family said...

Wow, sounds like you guys had a ton of fun! I miss Hawaii...

Alicia said...

I want to go to Hawaii with a cute boy! SO fun!