Sunday, July 10, 2011

Living Like We're on Vacation

CRH and I had this philosophy working when we first moved here. We acted like every day that we were off was a vacation day and then life happened and well, it became a little less so. We are renewing that though and working hard to enjoy the island and be more active.

That being said, I spent 8 glorious hours on the beach yesterday doing absolutely nothing but sunning, eating, and drinking Coronas with my friend Greg and his gf, Rie. It was pure bliss.

Today was far more productive in the active department! CRH, Wendle, and I started the day with a farmer's market breakfast (yum!) and went to hike Sacred Falls. I love that place, but the chain link fence put up to keep people out vexes me. I've found a lovely path around it though and now I can just stroll on in. It's a pretty good hike (about an hour in) and then we hit this beauty.

After finishing the hike, we grabbed some Killer Taco burritos, beer, and hit the beach in Waialua. It was a fabulous end to an amazing Sunday and a great weekend. I feel very fortunate to have the fun friends in our lives that we have! And I'm pleased to report that Eve Hart will be returning to the island in 17 days because we are MISSING her!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mariner's Ridge Hike

Since going vegetarian (or more accurately, Pescetarian), I had expected the 12 lbs I gained last Fall/Winter to just fall off. They have not, so I'm trying to increase my physical activity level. I've become pretty sedentary lately and have not been enjoying all the beautiful hikes and stuff we were doing when we first moved here and were exploring the island. I hate to exercise, but I love walking on the beach, snorkeling, and hiking. You just can't call it exercise.

Yesterday, I went on a gorgeous hike with my friend Greg and his gf, Rie. I had texted him on Friday after pouring myself into a pair of jeans that used to fit quite nicely and told him I thought I needed to amp up the activity. He suggested we hike this hike and it was fabulous. It totally kicked my ass and I almost had a heart attack, but the views from the top were worth every second of pain.

From the top of the mountain, you can see the entire Windward Coast all the way up to Ka'a'awa and Chinaman's Hat.

On the other side, you can see Kokohead Crater and Hawaii Kai.

CRH hiked Kokohead last week with a friend. I can't do that's all steps and no shade...blech. The views looked amazing too. We tried to do it last year on Mother's Day and I only made it about halfway up before bailing.