Aloha! Yesterday we all got pretty well acquainted with the water here in paradise! We spent the morning down at the beach surfing and boogie boarding. The waves were much more forgiving this time than they were during my first attempt at surfing. Grant and I decided to try boogie boarding first. Look at that smile. He has no idea what’s in store for him. DSCF4193 DSCF4231 But we still had fun. DSCF4239 Here’s Devlin, paddling to catch the wave. DSCF4251 And Kelsey, riding the boogie board in like a pro. DSCF4254 DSCF4257 After surfing, we were invited to join Kelsey’s commander on a good old-fashioned booze cruise. The boat left out of Waikiki and took us out to a spectacular view of Honolulu and Diamond Head. DSCF4258 They dropped anchor and some people jumped in the water and swam for a bit. We all enjoyed the lovely breeze coming off the water and the partial cloud cover cutting the sun’s harsh rays. After a while, they hoisted sails and took us back in. DSCF4326 It was a pretty quintessential day in Hawaii. I’m even eating some fresh cut-up pineapple as I write this.

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Mahalo,

Jen

Aloha, friends! I know it’s been a few days since I posted, so I’ll do two posts about my weekend. As you may remember, we were planning to hike Koko Railway on Saturday, but Kelsey had a late night on Friday, so instead, they decided to sleep in a little bit then take me out to introduce me to surfing. Now, those of you who know me know that I’m not exactly¬†graceful. Surfing requires a certain amount of balance. I am happy to report, however, that my balance had absolutely no impact on my ability to surf. The constant barrage of waves flipping me over, yes…but not my balance. Apparently, it was a pretty rough day for someone just learning how to surf. DSCF4171 Yeah, we’ll go with that. Meanwhile, Kelsey manages to stay on her board, if not standing, at least riding the wave in. DSCF4178 I did get to see a Hawaiian Monk Seal sunning herself on the beach! Just a warning to those who may not be aware, the Hawaiian Monk Seal is an endangered species, and it is therefore illegal to approach these creatures. I took this photo from a distance with a zoom lens. DSCF4179 Stay tuned for my recap of our Koko Railway hike!

Mahalo,

Jen