Thursday, January 17, 2013


9. 1.12
We went to Hawaii for a week for the first time together.  We went to the Kauai, the garden island.  I didn't realize what a long flight it was and didn't take any good snacks.  I was 11 weeks pregnant that week and was super nauseous anyways so I couldn't wait to get off that plane.
The island is so beautiful.  It has so many amazing trees.  They filmed Jurassic Park there, so if you have seen the movie you have seen how beautiful it is there.  I loved all the trees and clear blue water. 
The day we got there we went to Costco, and drove to our hotel.  After we settled in we drove and found a little spot where we could put our feet in the water, it was getting dark and really cold so we didn't stay very long. We went with our good friends, Todd, Mallory, Pat and Christine. 

Day 2: 
We woke up and went to church for sacrament meeting.  It was so cool to see their building and experience how they church over there.  You can go to church in shorts and flip flips.  Ryan did.  It was testimony meeting so every time someone got up to the pulpit they would say aloha and everyone would say it back to them.  There was no air conditioning either, just fans.  That seems to keep up cool though.  We meet a nice guy there, he invited us to play volleyball with him later in the week.  We defiantly took him up on that offer.
After church we went to a local farmers market.  It wasn't what we thought it would be.  There was only a few things for sale but they did have some delicious bbq that we stopped for.  I guess I was picturing a farmers market that has a lot of vendors with all sorts of fruit like in the movies. We did buy a pinnapple which was so sweet and yummy.
We headed to the beach and played in the ocean and waves after.

This beach was cool, it had some pretty big waves that we got to play on.
Day 3:
We kayaked down the Wailua River then hiked to a waterfall.  It was easier to paddle to the water fall then back.  Ryan and I had a good time trying to figure out how to paddle at the same rhythm but we never tipped over. :) Eventually he did most of the paddling while I cheered him on. It saved us from staying in the same spot.

On our Hike I found this monkey oh I mean Ryan hanging from a tree.
Ryan, Me, Todd, Mallory, Christine, and Pat
 Adam?? Where's Eve?
The water fall.  The water was freezing, I didn't want to get in but I was convinced to.  We swam and stood under the waterfall. When the water came down it hurt so bad, nothing like I thought.

Todd, Me, Christine, Pat and Ryan standing under the waterfall getting pounded by the water.
Todd, Mallory, Christine, Pat, Ryan and Me.

 Ryan setting up to block Pat's pass.  Ryan, Todd, Pat and Christine played volleyball while I hung out by the water.  Hanalei Bay was right by where we were staying it was the best beach ever.  Small calm waves, not crowded, volleyball courts and beautiful sand. 

Day 4:
We went to Hanalei Bay and did some shopping.  They had a lot of cool little stores along with this mermaind there.

We spent some time at Hanalei Bay afterwards.  They threw the frisbee around and found out it didn't float in the water.  Luckily we found some random seaweed crusted goggles in the water so that helped them find it.

Pat, Todd, Ryan and Christine
Looking towards Hanalei Bay where we spent most of our time.
Day 5:
We went on a catamaran boat trip to the west side of the island.  The roads don't go all the way around the island so the only way to see it is to take a helicopter or boat.  It was so much fun, I wasn't sure how I would do with being pregnant but I drank a lot of ginger ale so I only got a little nauseous. 

 Double rainbow!!!
Me Ryan Pat and Christine on the front of the boat.  That's were we spent most of our time except Mallory.  She gets motion sickness so she stayed in the back where is didn't rock as much.
Todd, Pat and Ryan
We were able to see dolphins, and sea turtles out there. The dolphins ride right next to our boat for awhile. 

Me, Todd and Pat enjoying the view

They let us off the boat and we got to snorkel for a bit.  It was awesome!  There were some really cool looking fish to see. On the way back the waters got really rough and it started to rain, that made me really nauseous.  I was happy to get off the boat at that point. 

After the boat trip since we were all the way on the south part of the island we stopped by the spouting horn. When the waves crashed into the rocks it would sent this huge water spout and make a whistling noise.  It was pretty awesome.

The weirdest part about the island is all the chickens.  Seriously they roam wild and its the craziest thing ever. 
We stopped by the light house too.  It was closed for tours but we got a pictures from where we parked.  The water there is amazing.

Day 6:
We hiked to queens bath.  Its a little pool that the ocean water pours into.  We snorkeled there for a little bit too. 
Ryan always seems to find himself in the water.

This is just a little warning sign on telling us "Queens Bath drownings 28"
"Unexpected large waves will knock you off rocks and sweep you out to sea!"
That didn't scare us enough to turn back

Ryan shaved a K into his chest.  I felt so honored.
Hiking in, it sure was beautiful

Queens Bath.
The water comes in from the right of the pictures and fills up the pool.  There are all sorts of fish in there so we snorkeled for a little bit.

Mallory and Me.

 After Queens Bath we went to Tunnels Beach to snorkel.  It wasn't as nice of a beach as Hanalei Bay but we had a blast.  Mallory didn't want to snorkel so she went on a walk. On her walk she spotted lots of sea turtles swimming really close to shore.  So we all went over there and got to swim with sea turtles.  We are so lucky she spotted those. 
 We drove to the furthest west part of the island to see the sunset but the clouds were in the way and covered it. 
This is a random cave we spotted on the side of the road.  Ryan and Todd had to go and check it out.

Day 7:
We rented mountain bikes and rode on a very muddy trail.  It was really fun.  I had a hard time figuring out my gears but still managed to get up some hills. 

Ryan, Mallory, Christine, and Me
Me, Ryan, Pat, Christine
We found this really pretty spot.  It was the most beautiful garden.  We all stopped and took a lot of pictures. 


Pat, Christine, Me, Ryan, Todd and Mallory
No we didn't poop our pants, we got that muddy from ridding the bikes. 
Todd, Mallory, me, Ryan, Christine, and Pat
After the bike rides we went to the beach for one last time.  Of course we went to our favorite beach, Hanalei Bay.  The water was not as calm as it had been earlier in the week.  There were huge waves, I only stayed in the water for a little bit b/c it was throwing me around.  Ryan, Todd, Pat and Christine swam for awhile.  Pat and Christine even got caught in a rip tide.  A surfer near by saved them and brought them in. 

It hard to see them but there are there body surfing.

These are random pictures we took of the island
Waterfalls coming down the mountains

Its hard to see but Ryan shaved a K in his chest for who else but me!!
 Hanalei Bay, looking towards the volleyball courts from the water
 Hanalei Bay 
 These trees were so awesome.  I loved how they were flat on top.

I think Ryan called this tree a walking tree.  It moves it roots and walks along the ground.  It was so cool looking.
The flight back home wasn't as bad as flying there.  I packed plenty of snacks and only got a small headache and nauseousness.  We had window seats so that helped out more too.  It was such a great trip. Can't wait to go back someday. 

1 comment:

  1. Love the pictures!! It looks like it was a fun trip.