Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Day 4 - "Dole" Monday

The first pineapple I have seen actually on the plant. Interesting! This morning we toured the Dole Plantation just a few minutes from the resort.

A Mango tree, which I have also never seen.

We rode the "Pineapple Express" around the plantation and learned tidbits about pineapple. A good planter (everything is done by hand) can plant up to 10,000 pineapple plants a day!!!! And there are approximately 28,000 pineapple plants in an acre of land.

I know this picture is out of order, but I am throwing it in before I forget. They have these birds in the lobby of our resort. It's hilarious!

Workers in the pineapple fields.

My very goofy husband!

A little pond in the middle of one of the gardens.

After the tours, we purchased pineapple icecream and sliced fresh pineapple. Yumm yumm!

Cowboy Baker on his Hawaiian ride!

Isn't this tree cool?? Our trail guide said they filmed part of the TV show "Lost" in the area we were riding the horses. I thought the tree was pretty kewl.
Yo, MOM!!! Check out my saddle!
My absolute favorite part of the ride. The beach!!!!

Riding with the sun going down.

A World War II bunker.

Jay riding like a pro and bringing up the rear since his horse likes to kick.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Day 3 - Blissful Sunday

My not so great attempt at a sunrise picture!

Not too many folks in the pool at 7:30 a.m. except of course my dear husband :o)

A lone surfer in the waves.

In my new Hawaiian yellow shirt. Actually I got it at Cato's in Kentucky but it seemed bright enough for Hawaii, so I wore it ;o)

Hidden in these bushes and other foliage, is a hot spa. It's pretty neat because I don't think many people know it is there because it is so well hidden.

Jay's view as he sits in the hot spa. Beautiful waves rolling in.

The glass chapel by the sea. They also have weddings here.

This little hut is where you can get a massage by the ocean. They can open up the little windows and you can watch the waves while you get a massage. At 2-300 bucks a pop, I don't think I will be getting one!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Day 2 - Hawaiian Saturday

I found this picture from yesterday that I forgot to post. We are sitting on a Boeing 767. It is set up with 2 seats by the side, 3 in the middle and 2 seats. Our tickets had us sitting in the middle, but we were at the airport so early we were able to switch our seats to 2 side seats. It was great. The blue thing around my neck is a neat little pillow that made it so much easier to sleep comfortably.

This morning we took one of the trails around the beach. The resort owns about 800 acres of trails and golf courses and it neat to be able to just walk wherever you want.

There are some super expensive beach cottages along one side of the resort. I snuck a few pictures of the cottages back yards. They all have hammocks and the just walk out the back of the cottage to the beach.

I stopped along the trail and looked back for a snapshot of the resort. It is shaped in a triangle with three wings. No matter what room you get they are all ocean view because the resort sits on a peninsula.

Yes, they have a stables on the resort. We have already schedule our evening beach ride for Monday night. The horses are well cared for and they are always tied up in the shade with big barrels of water.

Dad, Jay wanted me to take this picture for you. He thought you would like this giant chess board.
View from inside the lobby. They have couches sitting here and there and one whole side of the lobby is glass. So beautiful.

One end of the lobby is open for the valet and curbside service.
My personal "chaffeur" picked me up :o)
Jay found this cute little mom and pop shop called Jameson's by the Sea. It was pretty good. We sat outside just across the street from the ocean.
Jay and I sat on this little bench and watched the waves roll it. So romantic.
I haven't gotten pictures of the pools yet, but one of them has a big slippery slide. My "little kid" of a husband wanted to slide down it so badly, so we went and turned in one of the cards to get a towel so he could slide down it a couple times. He is so hilarious but I love him to death. He is definitely my dream come true guy. Love you, Jay!

Friday, September 26, 2008

A very long day...

Our alarm rang out at 2:15 a.m. Kentucky time. We both got up, finished the little things of packing, read our devotions and were in the car by 3:08 a.m. We picked up a couple from our church who agreed to drive our car back home and then pick us up next Saturday. We were at the Cincinnati airport at 4 a.m. Unfortunately, we go there so early we beat the American Airlines ticket people. We waited half an hour for them to open so we could get our boarding passes and check our luggage. We proceeded to the security checkpoint and realized they didn't open until 5 a.m. We sat and waited some more. We finally took off from Kentucky at approximately 6 a.m. We landed in Dallas-Forth Worth where we had a 4 hour layover, leaving at approximately 11:40 a.m. Then the long, long 8 hour flight to Honolulu. With the time change it makes things a little crazy. Right now it is midnight in Kentucky and here it is only 6 p.m. So we have been up for 22 hours so far :o) We are staying up a few more hours so hopefully we can sleep a good full night and get adjusted to the time change. Jay already has the restaurant picked out that he would like to go to tonight. It is right here at the resort. I will take more pics of it later.

View of the Pacific Ocean.

Our view first view of Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii!

Photos taken from the plane.

Driving towards the North Shore which is where we are staying. It looks like we are driving straight to the ocean.

I didn't know that Hawaii's license plates had rainbows on them.

The lobby

The room

The beautiful view. The door is extra wide so we can slide it open and listen to the waves. The beach is just below us and it is so pretty.