Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Hawaii Run Down!

Alright!  I am back!   Are you ready for the marathon of pictures I am posting from Hawaii?  Well what do you expect... we were gone for 10 days!!
In the airport!  I hadn't flown in 9 years!
Yippee!  We made it and the plane didn't crash.
Real mature - I know, but that's Jeff for you.   We stayed in Volcano (that's the name of the town) on the big island - and yes- it's currently an active volcano.  Thus the spewing gas.
We explored a volcano tube underground.  Spooky and black.  Something kept grabbing my bum.  (I am assuming it was Jeff).
Cool black sand beach with lot's of turtles.
We snorkeled so much that every night at dinner I still felt like I was moving in the water.  I had a queazy stomach some days.
This day we hiked out to see the lava flowing into the ocean.
It was really cool at night with big explosions of red lava!
We had to stop and get a photo of Jeff in front of BJ's training center! (For all you UFC fans).
Jeff really got into the whole laid back Hawaiian style!
Posing in front of the Kona temple on a Sunday afternoon.
I love it when I have a tan!
You gotta love the poser pictures.  My hubby the "Iron man".
Here we are on a charter boat for the day, checking out all the great snorkle sites.  Very fun!
This was the highlight of the trip!!!   We signed up for a manta ray night dive.   These things had a 12 foot wing span.  They came so close I could reach out and touch them.  Seriously the coolest thing I have ever done!
This ray came up to the boat after we got back in.  
We kayaked out to Cook's monument - very cool and great snorkeling!
But on the way back, we were surrounded by dolphins!!!!
So Jeff decides to jump in the water and check them out.  Pretty soon I was out of the boat too, and we swam with the dolphins.  (Honestly I was afraid they might bite me.  This wasn't Sea World!)
The last day we hung around as all the fishing boats brought in their catch for the international Bill Fish competition.  This one was over 300lbs.  Pretty fishy!

I just thought I would give you a  little glimpse of what my friend Becky and I got to enjoy each and every day while driving all around the big island!  Press play and enjoy my friends!!!!!

It's good to be back!


The Cutchen Crew said...

Looks like you guys had a great time.

Meredith said...

how fun! Glad you had a great time :) Next time we should all go together !

Shari Goodman said...

I can't even imagine.....ten days.....oh la la! Glad you guys had such a great time! But seriously, you really missed out here in AZ, it was so nice and warm.

wendilee said...

We missed you guys! I'm glad you had a super fun time. You two deserved a neat vacation like that. You are so much braver than I am. I don't think I would ever get in the water with those giant Manta Rays. Glad you're back!

Britany said...

So glad you are back! That looks like you had a ton of fun and that video clip was hilarious!!

Amanda said...

Sounds like a fabulous trip! I still have your cake plate my friend!

Laurie said...

So jealous! It looks like you guys had such a fun time. I'm so glad you did the adventurous stuff - too cool! First airplane in 9 years! That's crazy, you've got to get out more!

Amy said...

Fun trip!!! I am jealous!

Debbie said...

Looks adventurous! Did you guys ever relax on the beach?? LOL
I thought wayne was the shy type!! Guess not!! Too funny..
Next time you'll have to try Maui!! :)

Sara said...

you are so cute!

i wish i was there...

except all the pics of me would be laying out reading a book!

Sara said...

Wow, that looks like so much fun. I've still never experienced Hawaii...some day! And...your stomach is way too flat for having 3 kids, Melissa...seriously! What the heck!?!?

Eldon said...

I was hoping for a crazy sting ray story. You enjoyed that way too much.

lundgrenville said...

Wow! What an adventure. Looks like so much fun! I want your tan! :)
And to go swimming with the dolphins and who knows what?? What a thriller...yet killer time! :)

Megan said...

It's about darn time you post some pics! You look adorable in our cute swim suit! So fun to see a glimpse into your vacation....looks like FUN! Good for you guys! Make it a tradition...your vacation after summer vacation!

briansarahannah said...

What an adventure! The pictures are so cute, and I love the video. Jeff and Wayne sure can rock out! Were you and Becky doing the same thing in the back seat?

Brian said...

Spewing gas...


julie williams said...

Looks like a blast- I'm so glad you got to do that!! I loved the video in the car! The best was when they realized you were taping them- loved it!!