All that said, when I get to a new place, I tend to adjust pretty quickly and leave all my cares behind. (For about five days. Then I'm ready to go home.)
Now that I got that out of the way. . .
Hawaii is beautiful. . . .
My sister-in-law, Jenny, and I spent the week on Oahu. We rented a car and explored all the beaches on the island. Went snorkeling, ate lots of fish from the local shrimp trucks and restaurants, and did plenty of beach sitting. We went to volleyball matches (my niece Elsa plays for the University of New Mexico and they were there for a tournament -- which is why we were there in the first place), visited a coffee farm (so cool!) and ate lots of fresh fruit. And fish. Did I mention the fish? Ahi, mahi mahi, opah and shrimp.
One day we visited the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. It was quite sobering, and yet there is a reverence about it that is peaceful in a strange way.
In the center of this picture are ruins from bunkers that were built during World War II. See the lighthouse at the top of the cliff?
There were surprisingly few people on the beaches, especially during the weekdays. There are no private beaches on the island, so gorgeous views like this one are open for everyone to enjoy. Since Oahu has only a handful of resorts, most of the people we met are residents of the island.
One morning we went to the Honolulu Zoo. Jenny's friend is a zoologist there. (His wife greeted us with leis and flowers on our first night, it was so sweet). The zoo is really nice and you can leisurely stroll through and see most everything in just a couple hours. The flowers are beautiful and the animal habitats are spacious and well-landscaped. There are some of the most amazing plants there. This is a Eucalypt gum tree. As the bark peels away, it reveals a multicolor trunk. It looks like it was painted with watercolors.
The beaches are beautiful, and so are the rough, rocky shores on the island. I could watch the water for hours.
I enjoyed being in Hawaii, and especially enjoyed spending a week with Jenny and getting see Elsa play! I wish I had more pictures of the volleyball, but my cell phone camera doesn't do well with action photos. And since I didn't check a bag! . . . and did quite well, thank you, even though my suitcase was stuffed like a sausage . . . I didn't take my big camera. Next time!