So, I'm getting closer and closer to being up to date here. That's exciting! This post is all about the honeymoon. Tom planned the whole thing and kept it a surprise until we got to the airport. I wouldn't have had it any other way! While I LOVE planning trips, if he hadn't done it that way I would have spent TONS of time agonizing over all the little details to make sure it was THE BEST and I just didn't have that kind of time. It made it that much more of a relaxing vacation. Anyway, I suppose I should say, we went to Kauai! It was the perfect place to go. Amazingly beautiful, with just enough to do so that we didn't get bored and not enough things so that we felt like we were missing out if we took the week really slow. We did so many amazing things, but at just the right pace.
We arrived on Saturday evening and all we did that night was take a walk down the road to get some food. Our hotel was right on the beach and we could see and hear it from our room. One nice thing about Kauai, though, is that there's some building ordinance that makes it so buildings can't be very high. As a result, you don't have those big ritzy resorts like other places. Our hotel was nice, but felt much more down to earth and we loved it.
Anyway, second day was Sunday. We didn't have a car still, but we wanted to go to church (you know, start off the marriage right), so we looked up where it was and just started walking. Took a little longer than we thought it would and we got lost along the way, but we found it and were about to attend for a couple hours. It was such a nice, slow, laid back day. Perfect way to start it off.
Monday morning we took it slow and then rented a car around noon. First we checked out this waterfall the guy who rented the car to us had recommended. Then we headed out to the south western end of the island. There was this fabulous gorge that we walked around by. Then, we ended up going on this AMAZING hike. It was probably the best hike I've ever been on. First of all, the views were beyond description and I was not able to do them justice or any semblance of it, in these photos. Second of all, the trail was a red dirt trail and it was raining, so it ended up being really muddy, which we just embraced and had so much fun with. We got it all over ourselves. It was much more of an adventurous hands on hike, which made it great. All the following photos are from Monday.
1: The waterfall.
2: My handsome husband.
4: Another waterfall right next to the first.
5: The canyon. It was really really big. Reminded me of the Grand Canyon actually.
6: It doesn't look that big in these photos, but in some other spots it was even bigger. I think it was called Waimea Canyon. He's a stud.
8: Random little stream, running through the red rock, that was neat.
9: This was taken on the hike. This was the trail and if you look to the left, there was a huge canyon that led out to the sea. I wish I could explain it. This is where Jurassic Park was filmed.
10: One was of the aforementioned canyon.
11: The canyon. It was this crazy bright color of green. It was also all misty, which was just beautiful.
12: So many ferns.
13: Covered in mud. Doesn't look as impressive as it was in person.
15: Our shoes. Those were the only shoes Tom brought...
More in the next post!