This morning was the last of Scott’s conference, so he was able to meet us for breakfast at a little coffee shop near our hotel. More yummy banana pancakes with coconut syrup for me!
After breakfast, we decided to climb Diamond Head. We had a slight delay when a bird pooped on Katie’s back and she needed to change her shirt. But on we proceeded! First of all, it’s really cool to drive through a tunnel right into the crater of the volcano. But then there’s the hike up to the top! In hindsight, it was really neat and totally worth it, but during the hike – oh my goodness! I thought I was going to die. It was so hot and I am SO out of shape! Fortunately Anna and Emma were really slow, so being the kind mother that I am, I “took one for the team” and hung back with them. Wasn’t that nice of me? Just a few details of the hike – 1 1/2 mile trail (round trip), 560 feet from the crater floor, uneven and steep terrain, first set of stairs-74 steps, second set of stairs-99 steps, third set of stairs-54 steps, and plenty of heat and humidity! Anyway, we made it to the top and the view was amazing! We took lots of pictures and then headed back down (much easier!). Smoothies and shaved ice were our self-awarded prizes at the bottom, and then we piled into the car and raced back to the hotel to get into the water.
Actually, once we got back to the hotel, I decided to walk back to the surfboard rental booth while everyone else swam at the hotel beach. I had pictures to pick up from surfing the day before and this seemed like a good time. I did catch up with everyone else eventually though, and we ended the day with pizza at the hotel.
Katie and Alex should be back upstairs with ice cream any minute now, so that’s all for tonight!
Diamond Head from the bottom!
The view from the top!
More from the top,
More from the top,
And still more from the top!
Till next time,