But, I can update on my year of yes. If you recall, it was my NY resolution to say yes to more fulfilling and rewarding things and NO to working all of the time. The work of a teacher is never ending, seriously, so if all I did was say yes to work, I would be working 24/7. And, ultimately, I would not be a very effective teacher if all I did was worry about teaching!
Earlier this year, Mike and I booked a trip to Kauai on a whim, and we just returned from the blissful excursion on Wednesday. It was short, but sweet. Mike is a CPA and so, ended his tax season on Friday (even though tax day really wasn't until Monday the 18th this year). We left on Sunday morning, and had to return Wednesday, because he started a new quarter of his Masters in Tax class at SJSU. But, something is better than nothing, right?
|The view on the other side...|
We arrived around 10:30, and so had the entire day in front of us! We went to our hotel to drop our stuff, and then we were off! We hadn't really done a ton of research on what to do, or where to go, simply because we didn't have the time before. But when you go to Hawaii, you really don't need to have much of a plan! Mike is really big on trying the 'local' fare, and always wants to sample authentic cuisine. So our first goal was to have some yummy Hawaiian food. We went to a place not far from our hotel, and had some grilled mahi mahi, BBQ and of course, mac salad and rice. Yum-O. Then, we drove back towards the airport to look around and visit Opaeka'a Falls, which we had seen a sign for on our way in. It was a small overlook on one side, and on the other side, a view of a canyon and all the lush and incredible greenery. Saying yes never looked so good!
|The sunset on the first night! (post-whale)|
|The view on our way!|
|Looks strangely familiar - like our 'chariot' in the Dominican Republic|
|All suited up!|
|The first zip! Check out those launch ramps.|
|The suspension bridge - very cool! (except for the lady who was deathly afraid of heights, and who was also, inexplicably, on our tour...)|
|I'm a pro.|
|Did I mention that the zip place was also a working cattle farm?|
|Our day at the beach :)|
We started out in the rum tasting room (of course). They poured a dark and light rum, and advised only to let it touch your lips to really appreciate the taste. (and also, they would be making a mai tai at the end, so the more rum you had left, the better your mai tai...). Then we made our way inside, and got lei'd and had our photo taken with some of the dancers. I didn't mind the complete touristness of this, because I was SO excited to be there. The dining room was huge, and our table was really close to the stage. We were sitting with six other people (most of whom were from the Bay). While we were waiting, we visited the bar frequently, and also shopped around the different vendors. We bought some Hawaiian spices - and will be BBQing tonight so come on over! I got a beautiful flower for my hair, just to complete the Hawaiian tourist experience.
The show was amazing - it had a complete storyline, and beautiful dancing. One of the guys looked like this actor from General Hospital (which I don't watch but did when my mom used to. He was seriously a dead ringer, except for the actual actor I was thinking of would be about 60 by now, and this guy definitely was not). There was a fire thrower and great music - I think that I am going to exercise to luau music from now on. Talk about tunes that get you going! I would also like to learn how to make my hips move independent from the rest of my body...
Wednesday, our last day, our flight got delayed by three hours, and so we got to enjoy a bit more of the island! We visited Wailua Falls, which were so beautiful. The natural beauty of Kauai is out of this world. Mike and I frequently commented how it felt like somewhere that wasn't America - you just don't see this much natural landscape many places. It was so great. Then we headed down to Poi'Pu, and drove around for a bit there. We were very thankful for our delayed flight!
Now, we are back on the mainland, and focusing on our next trip in the year of yes - a 3 week European excursion! I am on spring break this week, and trying to focus on 'yessing' on a smaller scale as well. I am not checking my work email (for the most part), not working, exercising, and hanging out with the best dog out there, Taiko.