I'm going to skip the whole part where I acknowledge that I'm a HORRIBLE SLACKER... because everyone already knows that part. And I'll get straight on with the good stuff. =o)
My Dad was able to visit us just after Christmas time! Well, technically, he arrived at 10pm Christmas night! LOL And he stayed for a week, so I have a bunch of cool touristy pictures again for you. In fact, I took hundreds of pictures while he was here, so it's really, realllllllly hard for me to choose my favorite 20 or so. But I have to, right?
Picture #1! Dad and E standing above Waimea Bay. You can't really tell from the photo, but the reason there are so few people at the beach, and even fewer in the water, is because it's winter time here and we have a pretty constant high surf warning going on.
We made sure to visit the USS Arizona Memorial... the obligatory group shot with the sign. LOL
The view of the Memorial from the ferry boat (I cannot say the words "ferry boat" without thinking of McDreamy [Grey's Anatomy]. LMAO Please tell me I'm not the only one here!!)
Inside the Memorial, with the wall of names engraved in marble
The Tears of the Arizona.... the oil that still, to this day, leaks from the sunken ship. =o(
The whole visit out there was really emotional. They have so much of the history of individual men preserved in the museum there that you really feel as if you knew the men lost that day. Everyone's own personal history affects how they feel there too.... C had just returned from his year in Iraq and I felt especially thankful that he had come home safely.
Dad and kids at the USS Bowfin... the submarine that's docked there in Pearl Harbor for touring.
I just LOVE taking beach shots, and I had a few taken during a misty sunset that are so pretty. This is my favorite of them: (That's C and N you see)
Dad, C and the kids at Turtle Beach, looking at beached sea turtles, waiting for sunset
Everyone's heard of the amazing winter surf here on the North Shore... well 3 days during Dad's visit, we drove up to check out the waves. The best day was also the worst for traffic. I live literally 5 miles from the North Shore, but it was a 2 hour drive to get there! EVERYONE wanted to see the waves.
And boy do I love crashing wave pictures!! Can you tell how big the waves actually were in these?
We took Dad hiking to the top of Diamondhead crater... you've all seen dozens of pictures that I've previously posted... but this one is cool. =o) That's Honolulu and Waikiki Dad's looking down on back there.
We did find a place that I'd never been to before, called The Spitting Cave of Portlock!! It's funny to find a spot on the island that is SO beautiful and breath-taking... and I'd never known it existed.
Dad with an amazing house sit right in the cliffs!
A sea lion that was swimming around the mouth of the cave. Look at that water!! Isn't it insanely gorgeous?? There was also a whale further out in the water, but I never could get a good picture of him... he didn't let me know when it was time for a breath!
There's my dare devil husband... he climbed all the way down to the mouth of the cave. Anyone who knows him is thinking, "Well of course he did!"
Yes, and there he is, taking our children down the other side of the cliffs. A little less dangerous... but still plenty worrisome to ME.
Here's a good shot of the "From Here to Eternity" beach! I'd never climbed out on the rocky cliffs overlooking it before... but Dad and I did!
And I'll leave you for now with a fantastic beach view.... This is Lanikai Beach, and it's the last one Dad and I went to before he went home. =o)