Tuesday morning we woke up and went for a run (after we ate our cereal and milk we bought the night before for $7/box of cereal and $11/jug of milk). We slept in... so it was about 8:30 before we were out running and it was already super hot. We started running on the sidewalk outside of the hotel and then started to follow another runner... but we couldn't keep up and lost him. We ended up on the beach.
Our bus driver (from the day before) was telling us about Hawaiian graffiti. People will take the white coral that washes up on the beach and arrange it into words/pictures on the black lava. We saw TONS and TONS of it on the way in and thought that we'd leave our mark, too.
The lava was so cool to us- we couldn't get over how much of it there was.
(You can't really tell in the picture, but I was standing on top of a lava mound.)
There were even some tide pools with little fish and creatures in there.
On the trail that leads back to the main road, we passed by these pools. They were so cool and crazy colorful.
We finally made our way back to the hotel and were ready to check out the lagoon.
(I guess I did take a picture of the hotel... well, one of the 3 towers, anyway)
We brought our snorkels.... part of the rubber on my goggles was a little green from all of the snorkeling we've done in the past! Awesome.
It was an ocean-fed lagoon so all of the fish, eels, and turtles that we saw swam in there voluntarily. The water was a little chilly but we saw 3 turtles (Jake even touched one- we were SO close to them!), several different types of fish, and 2 eels. There wasn't any coral because it was a man-made lagoon.
We laid out in the sun for a while. I felt like it was the first time my body was warmed by the sun in years.... and it was amazing.
We hadn't even been there for a day and I was already excited to take some pictures. Every time I walked past a flower, pond, fish, building, palm tree, pool, sculpture... it was just calling out for me to take a picture of it. (I think I have a sickness because I took over 1,600 pictures!)
They even had 3 dolphins at the hotel and one of them was pregnant.
Anyone want to get married in Hawaii? There was a chapel at our hotel, too.
This hotel was insanely huge. At times it was uncomfortably big... 32 acres big. But all along the walking paths there were statues, paintings, and sculptures that were pretty cool. There were thousands... but my favorite was the fish. Later I learned that the fish mouth was an ashtray.... still cool, but not as cool.
I tried to find some shells to bring back to Everett... but all I could find were these:
We eventually made our way back to the Queen's Marketplace for some Sushi at Sansei's.
We both really like sushi but Jake is much more adventurous than I am. He kept on ordering things with raw fish (which I think is a little too chewy/soft/slimy) so I ordered tempura vegetables. We were both in heaven.
No matter how full we get (at any meal) we always have room for ice cream. Here's to being on Vacation!