Jan 06

Hawaii: Day 9—Back to the Beach

I’m finally getting back to wrapping up our Hawaii vacation.  Work has been crazy and I have been using any free time I can find for training, so blogging has taken a backseat.

Luckily, the final days of our trip were fairly laid back and we did as little as possible so that we could just relax.

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I’ll never get tired of these sunrises.

On the way to the beach we stopped at Ala Moana Center.  It is apparently the largest open air shopping center in the country.  We didn’t want to spend too much time there and mainly just wanted to see what all the hoopla was about.  My inner child had to check out the Lego store though.

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After the mall, it was off to the beach.  I rented a boogie board and flippers again.  In hindsight, I probably should have just bought a cheap boogie board and given it away to a kid on our last day.  I probably would have broke even buying verses renting for a few a hours, but I wouldn’t have had to worry about knowing when everything was due back at the rental tent.

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I spent a good two hours in the water while Jennie soaked up the sun.  The waves weren’t as great as on Saturday when we were first at the beach, but it was fun nonetheless.  While floating out in the water, I started talking to guy while we waited for the waves to roll in.  He was from Canada, so he actually spoke English – a nice change of pace.  He even said “eh” a few times.  It made my day!

After the beach, we headed to the Hard Rock Café for a late lunch/early dinner.  We never fully adjusted to the time zone (5 hour time difference) so our meals were always at weird times.  The positive side to this is that the restaurants were always empty because no one else eats at 3:00pm.

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When I saw a picture of the loaded nachos in the menu, I just knew we had to get them.  We hardly ever get appetizers when we go out to each because I am cheap the main course is usually plenty of food for us.

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As you can imagine, after that plate of nachos followed by an enormous burger and fries, we were each pleasantly stuffed.  Maybe a little overstuffed.  The walk back to the car was more of a lumber.  On the way back to the car, we stopped to snap a picture of the sunset at the beach.

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  1. Matt Oravec

    That was an evil picture of loaded nachos 🙁

    I want some now!

    The first day there we had a red eye flight and we did not fall asleep until 11pm their time or whatever. That way we were FORCED to get on their time. We managed to get within about an hour of their time by the end of the trip.

    Coming home, now THAT was the tough part haha.

    Miss that weather and those beaches big time 🙁

    Glad you guys had a blast out there and got in a lot of relaxation!

  2. lindsay

    i want naaaachooooooos now.

    and legos! we already know i love those.

  3. Lisa

    you’re making us all hungry for nachos!

  4. Morgan

    You and Jennie are the cutest couple ever with the best smiles ever! Also, please don’t show Spike that lego picture as he will immediately plan a trip… wait a second… on second thought show him, show him!!! LOL! Such a great trip you had, so jealous!!!

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