Hawaii Bucket List
My tan is almost completely gone, my crazy Margarita Dermatitis is starting to heal, we’ve had our first snowfall of the season and it’s been exactly a month since I flew home from Hawaii.
Yep, seems like it’s time to actually tell you about the trip.
Speaking of snowfall, I
forced encouraged Chef (a card-holding snow hater) to play with me in the glorious white fluffy stuff this past weekend. I did the three most important things that one must do after a snow fall: make a snow angel, build a snow man and drink marshmallow lover’s hot chocolate.
Okay, I didn’t mention we only got a few inches. My snow angel is a bit more like a snow/grass angel.
And our snowman is sorta tiny. But not tiny enough to make the neighborhood kids show mercy upon it. Maybe 10 minutes after we built it, some hoodlums kicked it over. Kids these days! Where is this country coming to?
But the hot chocolate was awesome. Whoever decided to put the cocoa and the marshmallows in separate packets should win the Nobel Prize. You can mix the cocoa in thoroughly without melting the marshmallows. Genius.
Okay, back to my trip to Hawaii. There were some very specific things I wanted to do on my trip – a Hawaii bucket list, you might say.
I’m happy to say it was mission accomplished.**
Oh, damn. There goes the ** again. Okay, full disclosure. I missed one thing on my bucket list. I thought I wanted to go snorkeling when I was Hawaii. Let’s just say I slightly underestimated how cold the water would be in January. While it was warm enough for a quick swim, it never felt quite warm enough to go snorkeling for an extended period of time.
Without further ado, here is my Mission Accomplished** Hawaii Bucket List.
Drink a really girly drink while lying on the beach
Okay, turns out I was too busy enjoying said girly drink to take a picture of it. But here’s one of many girly drinks I had while on vacation.
Swim under a waterfall
You see this waterfall? Yep, I swam under it. My sister very accurately described how it felt: like swimming in bottled water. The water was so cool, refreshing and clear, I swear Aquafina comes in at night and bottles it to ship to your local Wal-Mart.
Eat shaved ice from Matsumoto’s
Everyone I talked with before I went to Hawaii suggested that I go to Matsumoto’s in the North Shore. You can get shaved ice about anywhere in Hawaii, but everyone insisted on Matsumoto’s. Well, let me tell you, you guys were all right. This stuff was amazing. There were so many different flavors, I had no idea what to choose.
And even though I look pretty stressed in this picture (hello strained neck muscles), it was delicious. The vanilla ice cream surprise at the bottom of the cone was absolute perfection.
See the turtles
I was told by a coworker that in the North Shore, there is a spot where you can check out some sea turtles. I fantasized about the moment when I would come in contact with these beautiful creatures. I couldn’t wait.
When we got to the spot, I was immediately disappointed. Where the hell are all the turtles? There’s just a bunch of rocks here!
Yep, I’m pretty observant. Alongside the rocks were the turtles. I have to say, however, that I expected them to be a little livelier. I’m not sure what made me think that sea turtles would be these highly active creatures, but turns out they are just big versions of the slow ass turtles we have at home. Cool, nonetheless.
Eat pineapple ice cream from the Dole Pineapple Plantation
So it’s clear that you have an ice cream addiction when you have a bucket list item to eat ice cream from the Dole Pineapple Plantation, not actually visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation. While I really enjoyed the ice cream, the visit was a lot more fun.
First off, let me just ask you. How do you think pineapples grow? On trees, right? Like coconuts?
I hope at least a few of you have been believed your whole life that pineapples grow on trees. Or maybe I’m just really dumb, because that’s what I always thought. Turns out they grow in little bush thingees (the technical term).
Go to a luau
Besides skydiving on my 27th birthday, my dad took us all to a luau. Unfortunately, my sister’s camera died and we didn’t get as many pictures of this awesome experience as we would have liked. (Incidentally, I should mention that about 90 percent of the pictures in this post were taken by my wonderful sister Natasha, our family photographer. Don’t know where we’d be without her!)
Let me tell you why I like luaus. Mai thais, hot guys, hot guys dancing, hot guys climbing trees, people playing with fire, fun chants and good food. Yep, that about covers it.
Visit Pearl Harbor
One of the very first places we visited was Pearl Harbor. There are simply too many pictures and thoughts I’d like to share from that trip. So I’m going to save it for another post. But I can tell you, it was definitely a remarkable experience.
Not kill bond with my family
I don’t know if I’ve ever given my family history on Simply Solo, but my parents got divorced when I was six. My dad was in the Army, and my mom worked as a civilian for AAFES, the organization that provides food services, stores, etc. for the military. When my parents split, we were all stationed in Germany. Then, my dad got his new orders: move back to the United States. But my mom, now divorced from my dad, needed to stay in Germany with her job. At that time, our family split up a bit. I have two older sisters. My sister Natasha stayed in Germany with my mom and step dad, while my sister Debbie and I went with my dad and step mom to the states. After that, us three sisters never lived under the same roof at the same time again.
It wasn’t until this trip to Hawaii that I realized just how much we needed this time together for us sisters to reconnect and for us to reconnect as a larger family. Were there arguments? Yes, not gonna lie. Stick five very opinionated people in close quarters for two weeks straight, and there will be some
fights disagreements. But the good thing is that you are also forced to get over those fights (who wants to be miserable on vacation?) – look for the good in one another – and be reminded how lucky you are to have a family that loves you.
Beyond completing my Hawaii bucket list, and having so many other fantastic experiences I can’t even begin to tell you in this blog post, I feel so blessed to have spent this time with my dad, step mom and two sisters. Thank you Dad and Uncle Michael for a truly unforgettable vacation.
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