Just booked a trip for me and my mom to go to Hawaii in January! Woo hoo! (And I'm going on my miles that I earned from flying all over God's creation in Australia, so cheaper for me!) If I survive my Egypt trip. Another attack today :( (see post below)
Let me begin by saying that I never really wanted to go to Hawaii. I mean, I wouldn't have turned down a free trip, but I had other, more European places I wanted to go.
But my mom, she really wants to go. My dad says he traveled all he was gonna when he was in the army, and now the only trip he's taking is the one from the kitchen to the recliner. So, the good daugher I am, I'm going to take a loss on a week's vacation time and take my mom to Hawaii. Plus, I'll be somewhere - not here - for my birthday. (35. Ugh. Lot's of pina coladas that day.)
The more I research it, however, the more excited I get about going. The waves at North Shore are supposed to be huge in the winter, so that's cool. I'm not stoked about Pearl Harbor, but Mom is. We're going to pop over to the Big Island and walk on some lava flows, so that'll be interesting. Then over to Maui for a luau, some volcano sunrise watching and beach time. I'm going to try to fit in a surfing lesson (I've always wanted to learn, but in a shark-free environment) with a hot surfer dude. Maybe I'll get "lei-d" ;) (Bad joke, I know.)
I know what you're saying. "That's too much for a week!" Vacations with me aren't all that relaxing. Usually, I need vacations for my vacations. If you've been to Hawaii (Oahu, Big Island, Maui), suggestions are welcome. Restaurants? Good surfing lessons? Off the beaten path?