You're going where before Bali? Hawaii. We convinced ourselves that if we showed up in Bali as brown as the locals - we'd be saving money on getting ripped off. It was merely a sound financial decision. Well, that and its sunny, Kurt's dad and step mom have an awesome place only steps away from the beach and it's HAWAII!
Kurt's father has been celebrating his birthday in Hawaii for a decade and we both decided that it was important for us to be there before we left for Asia. It was my first time to Kaua'i and i was blown away by the beauty of the island. I truly felt that i had walked into Jurrasic Park. If you havent been - go.
Our nine days were filled with boogie boarding, hikes up to beautiful waterfalls, home cooked gourmet meals, endless hours of reading and just some great family time. Kurt's parents had wonderful friends in town (The Pattersons) who were a delight to spend time with. It was a constant reminder of what is important in life. Your friends and your family. We kept saying: "It just doesn't get any better than this".
|(L TO R: KURT, ESTELLE, JEFF, LORI, LAURIE-MARIE (KURT'S STEPMOM) & RANDY (KURT'S DAD)|
On our journey to Waimeya Canyon, we found one of the wettest spots on earth! Being Seattleites, we were quite happy to know that we aren't the only ones being drowned in rain. Waimeya Canyon is actually one of the biggest canyons in the world. It is absolutely spectacular. I didn't place a photo because photos don't do justice to the magical wonders of this view. It is just one of those things you can't appreciate unless you see it with your own eyes. I couldn't believe it was real.
|(WE FOUND ONE OF THE WETTEST PLACES ON EARTH! AND IT'S NOT SEATTLE!)|
I am not sure if many of you are aware of this, but Kurt is actually a master weaver. He specializes in warrior-princess head garments. Yes, i did wear this on our hike - and yes, people did stare. We figured that you only live once and who cares if no one else is playing warrior kingdom games! The hike took about two hours and we were rewarded with a plunge into a grand waterfall. The water felt cool and crisp, like the first sip of a beer in the summertime. We found out that day that jumping under waterfalls was one of our favorite things to do together.
Some of you may know that Kurt and his father put on a fitness challenge every year. The tradition is that they do a photo shoot at the end of the challenge and have people vote on who made the biggest transformation. If you want to take a look at their before and afters (should be up in the next week or so) go to: hynesfitnesschallenge.com. It was such a wonderful experience for me to watch these two together. To celebrate their health and their hard work is such a beautiful thing and something i admire them both for. Kurt and I can only hope to be as healthy as Randy is when we are in our fifties.
The tradition is that they have coffee at Java Kai, stop at the Kilauea bakery (so Randy can grab a macadamia nut cookie) and dinner at the Beach House. The food was delish, the view grand and most importantly, good company.
|(ME WITH MY NEW HEAD GARMENT AND MY MASTER WEAVER!)|
|(BOYS LOOKIN' GOOD AT THE ANNUAL HYNES PHOTO SHOOT - KAUA'I, HAWAII)|
|(SUNSET AT THE BEACH HOUSE FOR KURT'S FATHERS BIRTHDAY)|
All my love,