26 July 2008

Hawaii - Day 11

Well, today is our last day in Hawaii. We're all packing up and getting ready to head to the airport, so I thought I would take a minute and finish my blog for the trip. This morning, I woke up, watched a little bit of the Tour, and then headed to the beach with Brooke for a swim. I'll actually write more about my swimming in another entry, but I will say that I swam great, had no freak outs and actually enjoyed looking at the fish.

After the swim, we all headed for the swap meet again since I wanted to purchase some jewelry. Brooke and I made it around the entire stadium in an hour and I got some pretty cool jewelry. Then, we all headed to the Paradise Farm, which is the only macadamia nut farm on Oahu. I was actually pleasantly surprised with the little shop and bought a couple more pieces of jewelry, as well as a painting, which I'll hang on the wall in my office.

My dad, Karen, Eric and I decided to stay and take a tour, which turned out to be a blast. I'll put in my pictures later, but we got to see the native Hawaiian plants, a fire dance, how to pick and husk and eat a coconut, I got a little souvenir, which will show up in the pictures. Oh, and we got to see alot of movie sets, which was cool. After the tour, we stopped at Lee's BBQ, which was delicious and then it was back to the house.

We all decided to head back to the beach for one last swim and I went out in the middle of the lagoon with Eric, Travis, Karen, and Brooke and while I didn't snorkel, I saw alot of fish with my swim goggles. So, like I said earlier, now we're all packing and getting ready to head to the airport for an all night flight, which should be fun. I have two good books, five podcasts, and hopefully a couple of movies.


Barb said...

Aloha, AJ...glad the vacation was so awesome. And congrats on conquering your fear of open water swimming. BARB