I can’t believe my vacation is almost over. I leave for Seattle friday morning and return to a busy Spring quarter (which actually starts tomorrow…whoops!) The past two days have been incredibly adventurous and I feel like I have really come to know and appreciate the beauty of the island (it is very accurately nicknamed “The Garden Island”).
Yesterday we took a short but beautiful hike along the Waimea Canyon and Napali Coast. It was absolutely breathtaking and even though we got caught in the rain at the end it was worth it in every way (plus I was able to obnoxiously sing that song about pina coladas and getting caught in the rain). We finished off the hike with shave ice, I really thought I wouldn’t like it because I hate slushies but I decided to try it anyways because it comes in so many different colors and I didn’t want to ruin the fun. I ordered orange dreamsicle with vanilla ice cream in the bottom and it was probably the most delicious thing (not in the entire universe but it really tasted like the spirit of Hawaii).
Today, Jeff’s parents were nice enough to take all of us zip lining! I’ve never been before but I’ve always wanted to and I was incredibly
excited nervous. The whole car ride there I was imaging what zip lining would be like. How high would it be? How fast? Would an anaconda jump out and wrap around my legs as I zipped by? …Wait there aren’t any snakes in Hawaii. Would I be scared and close my eyes and wish it was over the entire time but have to suck it up because its expensive and I wouldn’t want to seem rude and ungrateful? Would it be the most exhilarating experience of my entire life? Would I think of dropping out of school and leading zip line tours through the jungles of South Africa? To say I was overanalyzing the whole experience would be a bit of an understatement. I ended up having a great time. We went zip lining at Princeville Ranch which was the venue with the most “zips” on the island. It was great because they warmed you up with a little baby zip that you couldn’t even be afraid of if you really believed there were anacondas floating around in the bushes because it was so easy peasy. After the teeny zip line we moved onto bigger zips and prepared for the final zip line which they called “King Kong”. King Kong was a double zip so Jeff and I were able to race. It was a pretty close race I think, I mean…Jeff sort of beat me by a lot but I think it’s because he had a backpack and a bigger breakfast so he had more weight propelling him…it also may have had something to do with the fact that it was the only zip that you had to jump off of a huge drop instead of running off of a cute little ramp and I was absolutely terrified. Do something once a day that scares you right? I’m a firm believer that you have to keep pushing yourself and defying your limitations or else you might as well be dead. And since I’m a huge scaredy cat that’s pretty easy to do. So even though Jeff technically won the race, in my eyes we’re both winners because I faced my fear of heights and I’m a cooler person now…or something like that (maybe that’s just the nanny in me speaking).
Jeff and I finished off the day with a run along the ocean together. We’re starting to train for the Lululemon Half Marathon in August, it will be my third half marathon and Jeff’s first! Our run was pretty relaxed, but it felt really good to run along the beach. I’m pretty sure if I lived in Kauai I wouldn’t even need a gym membership, the evenings here are perfect for running and of course the scenery is amazing.
Amazing day right? Now Jeff and I are off to eat peanut butter and banana sandwiches and see where the night takes us, although my guess is we’ll be fast asleep by ten.