Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Aloha!

Aloha friends!!! I missed you...sorta:) HA! We just got back in yesterday and through a haze of jet lag I am determined to start sharing Hawaii with you. Can I just say for those of you who haven't made it there yet, you HAVE to go. It was without a doubt the best vacation EVER. I am forever smitten with the place:)







I thought I'd start with our last day first. Just so you could see how long our last day was:) I had a grand idea to get up on the last day and go to the famous Haleakala sunrise. Haleakala is known as the world's largest dormant volcano. They said though it is very likely it will erupt again in our lifetime!



We had to get up at 3:00 a.m. to make the 2 hour trek to the mountain. What seemed like a good idea for getting reacclimated to the time difference...didn't seem so great at 3 in the morning:) It was pitch dark and really cold.





Okay here's the worst picture I think I've ever taken! Now you've officially seen it...the really ugly me...the 3 o'clock in the morning...no make-up, face not even washed ME! Thought I'd get it out of the way. They improve greatly earlier in the week:)





The drive up the mountain about did us all in. It was horrendous. It was dark. The road was so curvy...we all got a little car sick. Mid-way we stopped and took Dramamine. Great idea, but just a little late:) And oh I forgot, my Honey is scared to death of heights. So imagine hair pin turns on the edge of huge drop offs in the pitch dark. SO MUCH FUN!!!





Oh here are some smiles:)




Not so much here! When we were almost all the way to the top Honey became literally paralyzed with fear...poor thing! I have never seen him freak out so bad. He cried. I knew he hated heights, but this was bad. So I told him to pull over and took charge. He was really undone. I told him to pull it together and then we switched places and I drove the rest of the way. He'd have to the same for me if we went snorkeling or scuba diving:)




This was the treat for us when we finally made it to the summit. The most beautiful shades of pink and orange.





The
floor of Haleakala measures a colossal 7.5 miles wide, 2.5 miles long and 3000 ft deep. This made for a beautiful sunrise.





All
these crazy people thought so too! Apparently this has become one of the must see things to do in Maui.



Here it comes.




I
read somewhere that watching this sunrise is a powerful spiritual experience. Not sure if it was the exhaustion or what, but it didn't do that for me. It was really really pretty though.








Glad
the girls were able to see it. It was breathtaking, especially as it started getting light. You could see the surface of the valley floor and it was almost like looking at the moon. Very strange and otherworldly.




Strange
being above the clouds. We passed a sign coming up that said to turn on your headlights as you pass through the clouds. That completely freaked Honey out. Luckily we didn't drive through any clouds...but we did see them beneath us when we got to the top.





I
drove on the way down. It was so much better to go down in the daylight. I think the darkness made it much worse. We got to see some really beautiful Maui countryside coming home.




If you look close you can see the ocean. That's how high up we were. I think our final elevation was 10,000 feet.




I
was so doped up on Dramamine that I literally had to keep smacking my face not to fall asleep on the drive home. My eyes were soooo heavy. We got back to our room and took a quick little nap before setting off on the journey back to Minnesota. This all happened Sunday morning. We finally crawled into our beds and a blissful sleep on Monday afternoon...approximately 30 some hours later. Talk about exhausted! But oh so worth it.


I hope you want to hear more because I took over 1,000 pictures:) I have lots to share, so get ready to go to Maui!!! Now I have to go conquer my own mountain of laundry, emails and a dirty house. Welcome back to reality:) Oh and a big Mahalo to my guest bloggers and all of you who came by to "visit" them. I'll announce the give-away winner on my next post.





Have a blessed day.


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62 comments:

  1. Our favorite vacation of all times. I've been 4 times now--with my husband twice. We decided to make it a 10 year ritual. (Next one up in 2012!) All your photos evoked great memories for me.

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  2. Can't wait to see the rest of the pics!! :) Glad you made it home safe and sound. Get some rest!

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  3. Sometimes the best "once in a lifetime" opportunities are the hardest ones to get to. Glad you had a great trip! Love the pictures!

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  4. Hawaii is one of my most favorite places on earth! I've been twice and loved it both times! Did y'all go to Kauai any while you were there? That's my favorite island. I will admit though, I didn't do the sunrise thing while I was there (either time!)....more power to ya sister! I'm so glad you are HOME safe and sound!

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  5. I will hang on every word! that sunset is so beautiful. I've actually never done it before cuz I've always been there with babies. Call me today if you're up for it! I'm dying over here! In fact I'm available right now!!! :) hee hee. I'm so glad it even outlived all of your expectations!

    I'm sitting by my phone..

    hahaha (no really) :)

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  6. Vuuuuryy cool! Sometimes the best things hurt a little bit! Looking forward to more!

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  7. I have never been to Hawaii, but I really want to go...that elevation would definitely make us sick! A few days in Colorado Springs and we were forever nauseous... looks like the view was worth it though! I feel so bad for your husband. I would be the same way about hair pins and drop offs in the dark! ugh.

    Can't wait to see the rest of the pics!!

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  8. Glad that you are home, safe and sound. What beautiful sunrise!

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  9. Love the pics of the sunset. Looks like you hade fun.

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  10. ohh glad you are back!! Missed you...that was one amazing sunrise..totally worth it!! CAn't wait to hear more~ p.s. thanks for my postcard loved it! muwahhh!

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  11. Woooooow. Heights? Lovely! I'm with your Honey on this one, I'd be freaking out too....ay yi yi.
    1,000 pictures? Amazing! Beautiful time!

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  12. Amazing... I am so glad you made it and got to enjoy the view and more important share with all of us..... Oh, I must say I was feeling a little bad for your hubby.

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  13. beautiful! never have been to Hawaii - it is on our "bucket" list but is soooo far to travel from NJ ... :-) still exploring places a little closer to home. thanks for sharing and i can't wait to see the rest. welcome home!

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  14. Sooo pretty. I'm so excited for your Maui posts and all the photos! P.S your guest bloggers were fantastic!

    Have a great day Becky!
    -Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose

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  15. Lovely! You all look so happy and surely that trip will be forever in all of your hearts... priceless!!! :)

    I spent summers in Hawaii for years as a teenager and loved it. There's no other place like it.

    Welcome Home!

    Ruth

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  16. Beautiful pictures!!! What a great trip. :)

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  17. Oh wow! LOVELY to see all your photos. We went to Maui a year ago and LOVED it. I can't wait to see MORE :D My hubby wanted to do the whole sunrise thing, but somehow I talked him into seeing Haleakala via a Helicopter ride instead! It was just BREATH-TAKING!!!! Thanks for sharing and hope you get rested up. HUGS

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  18. gorgeous, gorgeous sunrise!!! I say well worth it!!!

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  19. That sunrise looked amazing!!!! Can't wait to see more. :)

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  20. I'm so glad you're back sweet girl!!! Poor man, that must have been really bad!! I can't wait to hear all the rest of your stories... and you look gorgeous in that early morning photo... I love you for posting that!!! I would totally do that!! LOL (remember my no makeup photo?? LOL)

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  21. Ahhh Haleakala!!! One of the highlights of our trip to Maui!!! Isn't it amazing?!?! We did drive through clouds on our way up and it was a bit freaky! :-) Our hotel warned us about possible carsickness so I downed Dramamine as soon as we woke up. We froze up there, too, but it was oh so worth when that gorgeous sun came up. I can't wait to see more of your pictures!!! I want to go back so badly!!!

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  22. That sunrise was pretty awesome. 3am is pretty rough. I can't blame Honey at all for the cry. I hate driving in the dark and I also hate twisty roads. I remember my return trip from Rome was something like 30 hours. I have never been so tired in my life. So, I know that you are EXHAUSTED. Rest up!!! Can't wait to see the rest of your pics:-)

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  23. Oh Becky ~ this sounds like the cherry on top of the sundae! Although scary at times this is a once in a lifetime event and I am so glad you got to do it. Cannot wait to hear all about your trip and see more pictures! Aloha! xo

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  24. did you hit Momma's for dinner???
    I can't wait till July...we head to Kauai for three weeks.
    xo

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  25. You're back!!! Looks like some Big fun. And my Honey is afraid of heights, too. I can't wait to see more pics... And I got the best Monday postcard from the BEST girl!! ;)

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  26. Yay! You're back! It looks like it was so much fun...well, except for your hubby and the heights thing, but other than that, FUN! I can't wait to see all 1000 of your pics!

    xo,
    Adrienne

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  27. just wanted to say that most days i open your blog and then minimise it just so i can listen to your music while i work!!

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  28. The photos look amazing! I have never seen the sunrise like that and I think I might have to plan to go there someday after seeing your pics.

    Looking forward for more Hawaii pics!

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  29. glad you had a great time. i cant wait to hear more!!!! i do have to admit that i was laughing when you shared about your honey and his fear of heights. only because i am terrified of them as well.

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  30. Yay! I've only been to Maui once but it looks like our next trip because we now have several friends that live there.

    When I went we did the Sunrise at Haleakala bike tour. A shuttle took us up (I could never, ever drive those turns) and then we biked the 28 miles down. Didn't have to pedal once. We stopped in a town on the way down.

    I can't wait to go there with B.

    Mahalo nui loa for letting me guest blog!

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  31. Awesome photos!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  32. So glad you are back Becky! I missed you! Wow, you took some beautiful pictures and looking forward to seeing more. What wonderful memories you've made together and in Hawaii! That's a Dream trip I hope hubby and I can take one day too.

    It's good to see your smiling face with or without make-up! It's cute either way.

    Lee Ann

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  33. I can't wait to see the photos! What a spectacular sunrise, those alone would probably allow me to convince my husband we should go..he loves sunrises and sunsets.

    I'm happy to hear you had a great time, except for the height thing, oh dear!

    And what are you talking about?? I wish I looked like as good as you at 3am and it wasn't just a dream! : )

    ~Andrea~

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  34. Welcome back!!!!! Beautiful pictures and i can't wait to see and hear more!!!
    xo,
    LuLu

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  35. Hey Becky....Welcome home! I've been away since last Thursday and just got back to Mr. Chips and the kids, today. Over spring break about a month ago we visited the Grand Canyon and saw both the sunset one day and the sunrise the next. It was DARK. It was CHILLY. BUT.....AMAZING. And worthwhile! That was BB (before blogging) or I would have posted photos, too...although I'm not sure they would have been as great as yours. SO happy that you had a blast and looking forward to more pictures! Come visit....I have pics from my trip posted, too : ) xx P&H
    PS: Do you look like your daughter, OR what?!

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  36. PPS: I meant the photo of you with ONE of your chicks....they BOTH look like you! xx P&H

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  37. WOWZA...it was worth the hike! I hope you share more of your trip..love it! And I missed you! Come say hi :D

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  38. Aloha, and welcome home! That sunrise is absoultely gorgeous...not sure I could make the trek though;) That's really high! Just one post and I can already feel your enthusiasm for Hawaii:) Makes me want to go there even more!

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  39. Hi Becky, it was so nice to see your beautiful smiling face. Even at 3am. Your trip sounds wonderful. Well except for the parts where your honey was frightened. I have a fear of heights too so I know how he feels. Anyway, thank you very much for sharing your wonderful photos of the Haleakala sunrise and the worlds largest dormat volcano. I will never get to Hawaii so it was great to see it through your eyes. I am looking forward to seeing all of the photos that you choose to share with us. :)

    Welcome back.

    Mary

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  40. So happy you had so much fun! I have some photos that look just like your hubby with the frown when we did that same trip, I was not happy ;)
    You took some amazing photos, I'm sure it was well worth the trek for that view!

    Love the TOUGH LOVE ;)

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  41. Welcome Home Becky!!!!

    I am loving these photos...cannot wait to see more!!! It looks like you had an incredible trip with the family!:-))))

    Hugs,
    Melanie

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  42. Absolutely beautiful - thanks for sharing! Anxious to see more!

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  43. So glad you are home and can not wait to see all 1,000 of your photos:-) Lets catch up as soon as you do your laundry!!!

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  44. I can't wait to hear more about your trip and see your pics. My hubby and I went to Hawaii (Honolulu) six years ago. I was totally blown away by its beauty.

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  45. Glad you are safely home! What an experience you gave your girls! And good for your husband for sticking it out and conquering fears. :)
    Those pictures are pretty amazing!

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  46. Welcome back,
    I love all of your photos. I can relate to your husband's fear of heights. I am the exact same way!
    You are beautiful with or without makeup btw.
    Have a great week,
    TAke Care,
    Maria

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  47. Welcome back. Beautiful pictures. You guys seem like lots of fun!

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  48. Yay, welcome home, Becky!! Thanks for sharing that beautiful sunrise. I can't wait to see more pics of your wonderful trip.

    Krystal

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  49. You need to be ALOT more compassionate with your hubbies fears of height !!! You sounded not so nice towards him !!!

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  50. welcome home becky!

    these photos are magnificant!
    hawaii holds a special place in my heart as my first hubby lived there in the summers before we married. he took me there ( 7months preggers) while he was on a break from chemo....anyway

    can't wait to see more
    & i am loving your new beach girl photos, you hottie

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  51. Wow! Such such breathtaking photos!! I am totally feeling for your honey and the heights thing ~ I snorkeled once and will never ever do it again ~ same reasons!!! =) *shudder* We too are SO smitten with Hawaii ~ we have been twice and each time have done Hawaii on a really tight budget ~ but we went! We even browsed real estate and jobs after day 2!! and then we see the light *dollar figures* and surrender =) Can't wait to see ongoing pics!! love love that Hawaii!

    I have my very first giveaway posted today ~ in all your spare time you might maybe want to come see what it is!! =) it has something to do with Ree!

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  52. Oh I have been waiting to see all the fun of our trip.
    Goodness that sunrise is gorgeous and you all are
    just the happiest looking people. Always good to see
    all of your smiles!

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  53. Holy Moly that was high!!! Your poor husband :( I can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip and OH! the fragrance you picked up to remind you of your vacation... Toodles, SJ

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  54. Now that was both beautiful and wonderful.
    I’ve enjoyed looking over your blog. I came across it through another blog I follow, and I’m glad I did. I am now a follower of yours as well. Feel free to look over my blog and perhaps become one as well.

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  55. I LOVE Maui. We went there 10 years ago for our Honeymoon and I want to go back so badly...when the girls are a little bit older. LOVED Haleakala sunrise...we did it too and biked down...so much fun.

    I can't wait to see the rest of your trip.
    Welcome Home!

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  56. My brother has been ontop of that volcano. thanks for the warning. I am afraid of heights too and I can totally relate to what your husband went through. I would be in the same boat!! Great pictures though, can't wait to see more.

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  57. Isn't Haleakala magical!!! I got so sick on the ride up but it was SOOO worth it. We went at sunset and it was so romantic and just breathtaking. I am so happy you got to go!!!

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  58. Becky- That sunrise looks amazing. We didn't even hear anything about that. I am so glad that you had an amazing time. Great photos.

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  59. Welcome home, Becky! You are creating such wonderful memories for your family! I'm sorry that Big Chick was feeling so sick during the beginning of your Hawaiian adventure.

    Have a blessed weekend!

    : )

    Julie M.

    ps Now, if only I can sleep without dreaming of being on the edge of a volcano! I road past tons of lava boulders today in Eastern Washington!!!

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