Springtime in the Uintah Basin is always windy (which we do NOTenjoy), but today it was particularly bad. I was nervously listening most of the day to see if the siding on my house or the shingles on my roof were blowing off. Emillio spent most of the day looking out the window, which happens most every day, except that today she wasn't sleeping. The wind was making her nervous as well. It looks like tomorrow will be a day of clean up to get all the tumble weeds and trash out of our yard. Happy Spring!
All too soon it was time to come home. We took one last picture with our lei's in our hotel's lobby and then headed out to the beach to take a picture in the most photographed spot in Hawaii with Duke Kahanamoku. We left our beautiful fresh-flower lei's with him as that's what everyone does and said goodbye to Hawaii and the island of Oahu. We hope to return very soon to do a cruise of the other islands of Hawaii. Aloha and Mahalo!
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A beautiful Hawaiian sunset and Andrew standing in the water enjoying it.
Thursday, March 12
As today was still sunny and beautiful we decided that it was time to snorkel (or at least Andrew would snorkel!) First though we visited the Halona Blowhole. Water comes up through an underwater lava tube and sprays through this hole on the surface. This was a must see for us as on our 5 year anniversary we took a cruise off the coast of California. Among the places we visited...Los Angeles, San Diego, Catalina Island...one stop was Ensenada, Mexico where they have La Bufadora - translation The Blowhole. As I recall there are only 3 in the world...Ensenada, Mexico, Halona, Hawaii and Australia. We've made it to 2 out of 3. Not bad, I'd say!
The surrounding water was so beautiful!
Next we were off to Hanauma Bay where you can do some of the best snorkeling in the world. Andrew saw a large sea turtle and tons of coral and exotic fish. He had a great time while I sunned myself on the beach and relaxed.
A few mornings we ate at McDonald's and they give you fresh pineapple with all their meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It was yummy! They also have Local Breakfasts that include Spam, eggs, rice and Portuguese sausage, which Andrew enjoyed over and over again!!
Wednesday, March 11
Another beautiful day on the island of Oahu and we were headed for Pearl Harbor. After we arrived, we were taken into a theater where we watched a movie depicting the attack on Pearl Harbor. After that we were escorted out another door and our group boarded a boat to take us over to the memorial above the USS Arizona.
Just inside there were flags from the states of the battleships that sank along with flags from the branches of military involved.
From there you could move in further to see over the sides of the memorial and see the Arizona below. The water is about 40 feet deep so parts of the battleship are sticking up out of the water.
We were told that some parts of the Arizona were salvaged for other battleships that were active, but most of the ship still lies beneath the water. Oil can still be seen leaking from the ship. It has been leaking for 67 years, we were told, and they expect it to leak for many more years to come.
At that point you can move further up in the memorial and see a wall that has all the names of the soldiers that died on Arizona.
As we were leaving the memorial no one says very much. It is a very reverent place. I'm thankful that we had the chance to visit.
The anchor from the USS Arizona
They have a wall of license plates from different states with Pearl Harbor survivors. Here is the Utah plate.
Tuesday, March 10 Today was another beautiful day and we decided to go Whale Watching. We booked the tour through our hotel concierge and the tour bus came and picked us up right from our hotel's Tour Lobby. This was the only day we rode a bus, which was a nice change to not have to drive ourselves. The bus took us to the pier where a cruise ship happened to be docked. There we boarded our much smaller boat comparatively called the Navatek I. Lunch was included in the tour so first we ate and saw a huge Sea Turtle float by right outside our window. We also saw Flying Fish and, yep, you guessed it, WHALES! We could see them blowing water out their blowholes so we waited and watched. First they would blow through their blowholes and then dive deeper in the ocean so their giant tails would flip up. It was awesome!
Monday, March 9 Today we planned to go to the Polynesian Cultural Center and it was a beautiful day on Waikiki Beach. As we headed to the east side of the island though it began to get rainy and windy and the wind stayed for the remainder of the day. We still enjoyed the PCC though and learning about all the different cultures of New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, Hawaii, Tonga and Tahiti. That night we attended a luau with a fresh-flower lei greeting and then the PCC's famous Horizons program complete with fire dancing. An amazing experience overall!
Andrew tried spear-throwing
With our lei's at the luau!
Andrew showing his "toilet humor" as his mom calls it!
Sunday, March 8 Today was beautiful and sunny. I had a spa appointment for an aromatherapy massage in the morning and it was wonderful and then we decided to hike to a waterfall called Manoa Falls. The hike was about a mile and a half round trip, but was very muddy from the rain the day before and toward the top we were hiking over big boulders. The humidity was insane too. It seemed as if you had just stepped out of a hot shower. We made it to the top though. I just couldn't wait to get back to our hotel where we could take a dip in 2 different pools!
One funny thing about Hawaii is that chickens and roosters roam free around the islands.
Andrew actually swung on this vine hanging from the tree!