Friday, June 29, 2012

Let's Hit the Beach!

We headed out one morning with the intention
of hitting the beach!

We headed over to Hanuma Bay to do 
a little snorkeling...
we never made it!

They will only allow so many people at a 
time in and each time we drove by the little man out at the 
road would tell Rick that the lot was full
and we were not getting in...

On to Plan B

We headed down the road to a scenic overlook and got
a few shots of the beautiful rocks and shoreline

It was so beautiful...everywhere you looked
there were beautiful shorelines of dark rock that 
the waves would crash on.

Jackson just looked around and took it all in...

We continued our drive down the coastline and came upon a 
Macadamia Nut Farm.

We pulled in and unloaded our two car loads full
and went to explore.

Kerri taught Jackson how to crack a Macadamia Nut with
a rock...he was really good at it, but would not try a nut to 
save his life!

And then he spotted the....

The Roosters!
They are everywhere on the islands!
They just run free and walk around like they own the place.
Jackson wanted to catch one so bad, he just about
couldn't stand it!
But never fear...the chickens were safe in the end!

The grounds around the gift shop were beautiful...

Austin tried his first cup of coffee...
or should I say..
Austin drank a big ol' cup of Milk and Sugar with
a little bit of coffee...
Yeah, that's more like it!

My boys waiting for the rest of our crew to head out...
It was almost lunch time so they were getting a little cranky.

These beautiful flowers were out front.
The picture just does not seem to do them justice.
The colors were so bright!

We drove on around the coast and headed to grab a bite to eat...

Kerri wanted to eat at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck...
and this was the sight when we drove up...

We were a little scared but knew that she had eaten here before 
and had not died of some strange disease so
we ordered up a bunch of shrimp and 
sat out under the palm trees for lunch.

It was really delicious!  But was definitely one of those places
that if someone I trusted had not been the one telling me
"We really have to eat here" 
I would have just driven on by and found the first 
"normal" looking restaurant...this could definitely qualify for 
one of Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-in's and Dives!" 

We drove a little more and finally landed at 
Lanikai Beach!
It has been named as one of the best beaches in the world.

Jackson wasted no time grabbing his sand toy and heading
for the water.  He really enjoyed swimming out and letting the waves
push him back to shore.

The rest of our crew headed out to do a little snorkeling.
Now, I have never been snorkeling before and I did give it a try,
BUT, there is just something weird to me about sticking my 
head under water and then trying to breathe!
Just can't do it...
I tried and was able to see a few fish, but as far as floating around
with my head under water like nothing was going on around me....
Not Happening!

Austin was out there with the crowd and loved it!

Jackson stayed close to the water's edge and had lots of fun.
He even hijacked Aunt Leisa's little board and would float around
on it for a while.

I was finally able to stick my little toes in the sand...

and unfortunately, Jackson learned how to grab the sand in his
hands....and throw it!

He was fascinated with the sand and loved playing on the beach. 
Jackson also loved jumping on Austin and trying to 
ride the waves...
I think Austin had gone back to the water to try and wash 
a little sand off of him.
I don't think he knew what hit him!

We enjoyed the sun and the sand and then loaded back up 
and headed to the house for a bite to eat.

Just another day in Paradise...
Come back tomorrow, we are going on a 
"light hike"
(insert sarcastic voice here...)

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