Archive for July, 2007

July 23, 2007

I’ve been super busy trying to find a job lately, so i (regretfully) have neglected updating about the awesome trip to Hawaii i went on with EJ and her folks.
I flew to Utah on the 28th of June to hang with EJ and her family at their place in Ogden. She showed me around Salt Lake City, we went to Antelope Island (in the middle of the actual Salt Lake itself) and found a ranch and befriended a cowboy and played with some horses and got attacked by flies at the “shore”. We went to a local bar and we got a local beer called Polygamy Porter and EJ got me a t-shirt that says “I tried polygamy in Utah”, so all in all, Utah was actually a lot of fun 😉
We flew to Hawaii on June 30 and were there until July 7th (EJ’s birthday!). We stayed at a condo/resort in Kihei on Maui called Hale Pau Hana which was very pretty and had fantastic views (see below).
We spent the week doing typical Hawaii stuff —
* We went snuba diving (cross between snorkeling and scuba diving, neither of which I had ever done) and since I had no idea what I was doin
g it took a lot for me to get used to it. Needless to say, I wound up accidentally swallowing an ungodly amount of seawater and consequently spent the next hour and a half totally seasick and puking off the side of the boat. Awesome. But it really was a ton of fun; we went on a reef and got to see some really cool fish and it was a fantastic experience.
* We went to a luau on the 4th of July and got leid and ate fantastic BBQ and drank pineapple wine. Ahh, paradise.
* We went to the top of Haleakala (volcano on Maui) which is 10,000 feet up. EJ’s dad is a geologist/volcanologist and I have wanted to see a volcano since as far back as I can remember (I actually wanted to be a volcanologist when I was younger) and it was the experience of a lifetime. The only way it could’ve been any better is if we got to see an actual lava flow, but Haleakala has been dormant for a very long time. Still, I was thrilled and it was without a doubt one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in my life.
* Did the typical tourist shopping and got a really pretty dress (had to mention it, since I am a girl. oof) and a fantastic necklace/earring set made from gorgeous green gemstones that form in magma (called peridot or olivine, in case anyone was curious).
* Went to a really cool protea (crazy tropical flowers) farm and wandered around, then to a lavender farm for more pretty and p
retty-smelling flower things.
* Spent a week in the most gorgeous place with my most bestest friend and her amazing family. I couldn’t have possibly asked for more, and I couldn’t have been more fortunate.
okay, now, pictures!!

the beautiful view from our room.

me on top of the Haleakala volcano, my lifelong dream!
(note the super-cool pyroclastic cones in the crater!)

EJ’s dad, me, EJ and her mommers out celebrating EJ’s birthday
sporting our hawaiian print best 😉