I am writing this on my last day in Hawaii. It is almost time to head back home. My wife and I split time between Maui and Honolulu for this trip, and it has been great. (Is a Hawaii vacation ever NOT great? Inquiring minds want to know.)
Here is a list of things we accomplished:
- We drove around in a silver Mustang convertible. There are times in life when a Mustang with the top down is “worth it.” This is one of those times.
- We hiked gorgeous Haleakala national park in east Maui, and felt like travelers colonizing a new planet.
- We went to Manoa Falls and found the natural beauty of a waterfall.
- We surfed for the first time.
- We rode an ATV for the first time.
- I rode a horse for the first time! It was not her first time. I was a lot more nervous than she was. That, and my horse was a rambunctious one.
What did I learn?
- Communication with the wife is key. I must say that this has been one of the smoothest vacations we have taken together. Perhaps I have matured a little bit, or we are just more grateful about everything. It has been fun.
- The local food — an interesting blend of Western and Japanese sensibilities — was on point. Special thanks to my friend Anh for giving us a few pointers in that department. I have grown quite fond of ‘loco moco’ — beef patty with egg served over fried rice.
- There are a lot of Japanese travelers in Honolulu. I am not sure why, but it was interesting to see a tourist destination with more Japanese visitors than Chinese.
- Sunburn is a pain in the neck…literally. Apparently I do tan. Not easily, but it happens.
We are recharged and headed back to the daily grind. Time to get back in the proverbial saddle and kick some ass.
More shirtless pics of the author, please!