The trip began with our flight out of Pullman being canceled due to a computer glitch, so we ended up driving to Seattle instead of flying which was kind of a bummer...but we felt Alaska Airlines customer service handled the issue very well. The downside was having to drive home at the end of our trip (not getting home until 2 in the morning before having to get up and work the next day). However, the bonus was we were able to have a fun time going out to eat at the Spaghetti Factory in Auburn and playing lots with our cute little guy! Here is a picture of him ready to pack up before leaving the hotel in Seattle.
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We were a little nervous about flying that far with a 13 month old, but Brendan did GREAT! We were tired when we landed in Hawaii, but felt things couldn't have gone much better. We had lots of snacks, lots of books, many toys, and I wrapped up one small gift for him to open each hour (we used everything we had and felt prepared). Brendan also was great about adjusting himself to the three hour difference in Hawaii. The first afternoon we enjoyed the beautiful ocean view from the condo balcony, ate a wonderful meal in the condo, and wondered about the amazing grounds at the Marriott Waiohai in Poipu. I'm sorry I don't have more pictures of the condo to share--it was beautiful, just picture paradise.
The next few days we enjoyed having coffee on the beach overlooking the ocean, going on some beautiful walks, and getting some sun (Jamie on the beach with a book, and Josh on the golf course). We took several walks on these cliffs just above the ocean.
We also were able to visit a place called Spouting Horn. The waves crash in on these lava rock cliffs, there is one place where the cliffs have a hole in the rock, the water crashing in creates so much pressure that it causes water to blow up the hole and make a pretty cool sound.
On Wednesday we toured up the Waimea Canyon. So Crazy to think there is this huge canyon in the center of the island. BEAUTIFUL is the best word to describe it.
On our way down the canyon we saw a neat spot that shows the red clay soil that you see everywhere on the island
We stopped at the Kauai Coffee Company and saw how coffee beans were grown and made. The coffee is incredible! My parents bought some (my Mom said it is always one of their first stops on the island) and we enjoyed drinking it all week. Here is a picture of what the coffee bean trees look like.
Brendan had so much fun swimming in the pool, going on walks in the backpack, exploring new places, eating fresh fruit, and spending time with his MiMi and Grandpa. Here is a cute picture of our little traveler--what a CHAMP!
The next few days were spent with more time on the beach, exploring some more little towns on the island and going out for some amazing dinners. My parents took care of Brendan one night so Josh and I could go out for a nice dinner. One night we ate dinner outside at a yummy restaurant and watched the beautiful sunset as we enjoyed our meal. As I mentioned earlier in the post my parents treated us to a great dinner out in a little community that puts on a weekly art show. And our last night on the island we ate near the harbor at a famous Kauai restaurant named Dukes. All the food was so good. We all really appreciated the fact that so much food was locally grown and prepared so fresh.
Pictures from a beach we explored one day
Here are some pictures at our dinner out before the art show
Our final day we visited a waterfall and a recreation of an old Hawaiian Village (pictures to come soon). It left us so excited to get to go back to Hawaii someday to explore even more. What a beautiful island--God's beauty shown everywhere. Truly a gift. It was a special week. A huge blessing!