Thursday, April 30, 2015

Radar Hill

I pass by this hill every time I get on the freeway. 
That's how close it is to my home.
A little over three years...I have finally stepped foot on the top.

It was a beautiful view!
It is a steep paved road that makes your legs burn.
 Overlooking Kailua beach and the Mokes.
 Three Peaks in the distance
 Beautiful graffiti
 Across the pond is my home

 Sun rays on Coconut Island
 This walk was worth the beautiful views.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sea Life Park

These kind of parks always make me so sad. 
The animals live in small pools of water when there is a huge ocean a football field away. It is so depressing but we decided to spend the day here and give Emma the experience of seeing all the beautiful sea life. 
Sea Life Park says they rehabilitate the sick, release back in the wild, and give homes to the elderly that would for sure be killed in the open ocean by predictors. It makes me feel a touch better about it.....
but not really.

First exhibit when you walk in is the shark tank.
 Hammer Heads

Sea Life Park is a "hands on" park.
They offer interactive programs such as swim with the sharks experience.
Also a dolphin swim, stingray snorkel, and sea lion swim

 sting ray
 Next we checked out the turtles.

They had a pretty big fenced in area with probably about 100 birds or more. You were able to walk in and feed them.

 Passed by the penguins
 and some starfish
 The Sting Ray exhibit.
 People were getting in to snorkel as we were passing by
The Sea Lions.
I noticed that they all had their eyes closed. ???

 Quick stop at the playground
 There a bunch of 15 minute shows through the day that you could go to.
We first saw the Sea Lion show.

 Emma LOVED it!
She watched the whole time.

And next was the Dolphin Show
Emma and I sat in the front so she could get splashed. 
 Overall we had a pretty great day.
 I still am sad about the captivity of the animals at these parks. :(
Emma had a wonderful time though. 


Days like these make me sad.
Sad because my little baby wont have any real memories of what her life was like her first year.
 Only photos.
Emma sat long enough for one of her aunties to cover her with sand.
She thought it was so funny
I wish we could stay here forever!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bucket List

I cant not believe it has taken me almost 3 1/2 years to get my butt under a waterfall. I have been to dozens, and have hundreds of pictures but not once have I stood under one.
You are all hot and sweaty as you hike to the falls, but once you're there, you cool down. The water is freezing and that means you have to hike back with everything wet.. 

I don't want to leave here thinking shoulda, coulda, woulda!  

 The aftermath
 All of the times I have been on this hike I have never seen this pool empty. It usually has a ton of kids swimming and jumping off of a rope swing.

 Ocean view

 Love these puppies!

 Emma disrupting a tired pup.
It feels good to be able to finally check this off my bucket list.