We decided to avoid a 'lay in the sun and bake' day and head out in the Jeep to tour the island. We drove north along the shore and I have to say the view was gorgeous. I could have stopped at every pull-off.
Our first stop brought us to a little river leading into the ocean. The girls began their collection of goodies that will turn into what I like to call 'the bag of stench' (AKA shells and rocks). I will retrieve much of it for our Collection Jars
We drove on to the Nakalele Blowhole. Annelies called it the Hole of Patience as she couldn't stand waiting for it to blow while taking videos (she has no patience, it was really frequent).
|This is my favorite sign of all times.|
|Annelies' first pose with the Selfie Stick. I'm thinking she has given up fighting it.|
The girls love tide pools. They love all the critters and trying to capture them (on film, or hands).
The walk down was a little steep, but doable. I do not artificially exercise (e.g., run when an animal is not chasing me or ride a bike while not moving an inch), but whenever we do things like this I realize I am in better shape than most because ... I made it. Hawaiian Tip: Water shoes are a must. We used them while hiking up and down the hills so we wouldn't have to haul our hiking shoes and they were fabulous (all for $5 on winter clearance in Minnesota!). The shore is very rough, not sandy, so they are fabulous for walking in the water.
|Yes, Annelies is up on that rock.|
We continued north and stopped at Olivine Pools. I love how I make my kids pose near these signs as we walk past them ("Don't Go Beyond This Point).
The Olivine Pools were large tide pools that held water. Very deep, in fact the girls could not get to the bottom.
We are giggling here because it took me no effort to float while Annelies couldn't stay up despite her constant treading (remember fat floats).
We spent several hours at Olivine. The girls snorkeled (I had to put my camera away after a huge wave came over the cliff - thankfully a very kind gentleman recovered it). The girls spent hours jumping off the edge. Yes, we do not follow warning signage.
It was a fabulous day. We went back to the hotel, showered, ate dinner (Scott made a nice red sauce for our pasta with Portuguese sausage) and I did seven loads of laundry (we have two one-bedroom units and therefore two washing machines - LOVE it for all the towels and salty clothes). Around 7:30pm we went to the beach just outside our condo and did some hunting for coral. It always washes up nicely at night.
Again, we were in bed at 8:30pm. Not sure how late the girls stayed up but I'm confident I was sleeping in five minutes. It was a fabulous day!
Day Four: Gas $0 ($9.55 total); Lodging $428.50 ($1,162.36 total); Souvenirs $0 ($15.90 total); Tourist Traps $0 ($6 total); Fights 0 (0 total). || Airfare for entire trip: $8,470.08 (of which $7,228.08 was free, using miles). Car Rental for entire trip: $469.76. Note: I'm not tracking driving miles, Redbox rentals or states (2 total) for this trip.