Cute little beach bum
Check out that view! If you look closely (not at us), you can see all that coral under the water. Which is why it's such a great place to snorkel.
Tuesday we did the PCC, which you've already read all about.
Wednesday we went back up to the north shore. We drove all around the temple grounds and BYU-Hawaii, and that's when we determined we *have* to move to Hawaii. We intended to go to a waterfall, but as we drove into the parking lot it started to rain. And it rained and rained and rained that day. We had a lot of fun, though. We ended up spending the day driving all over the north shore. We stopped briefly at the Dole Plantation. And we spent the afternoon wandering around Haleiwa, "Surf Town, USA." We browsed some surf shops, met an artist who introduced us to his studio and several of his eight kids, and discovered the BEST shave ice -- and it was only a dollar! We were soaked by the end of our walk, but that didn't stop us from having dinner at a popular restaurant. I had read a review about it earlier that said "sandy feet welcome," so I figured that soaked hair and drenched clothes would be fine too! It was a really fun and memorable impromptu day. We must be Oregonians if we can have that much fun in the rain! (Except we never got our our camera, which is really a shame because we must have been a sight).
One of the few family shots we got, unfortunately. Don't feel sorry for Pee-Wee. He might look uncomfortable, but he didn't just climb up the inside of a volcano in 100% humidity with a child strapped to his front.
That afternoon we went to the beach down at the base of the volcano. The waves were really rough that day, and Buddy and G played in the water until they had sand in every nook and cranny. I think the pictures of that afternoon are priceless and show how much joy Buddy got from playing in the ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach since apparently 70-something is too cold for most people -- but it was great for us!
The waves were so strong they knocked both of them down. They kept this game up for an hour or so!
Friday we set out to go to Hanauma Bay again, but that didn't work out because it was too crowded. Instead we just drove along the coast until we found another fun spot to hang out. We stumbled upon Kailua Bay, apparently one of the best swimming beaches in the USA. It was another cool-ish day, so the water felt especially warm. We swam for hours, until the tide got so high, it soaked all of our towels and gear we packed. Just as we were leaving, Pee-Wee had his first ever blowout! How exciting to have poop all over creation when you're at the beach and have no way to clean everyone up (and all your gear is soaked from the ocean).
My favorite boys
Check out the color of that water. This is why this beach is such a popular swimming spot -- calm and beautiful.And stay tuned for more... With any luck maybe I'll get the rest posted before we go again next time.