Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Maui, HI - Day 2

This is my favorite picture from the trip....I think I wore a flower in my hair nearly the whole just "felt right" just can't walk around in Covington (or the Mainland, for that matter) with a flower in your hair.  And when I saw this blue one, Rob said "You need that!"  (Hence I wore it to the games too!)

We went to the University of Memphis Luau at the Hyatt.  It was great (and the best part was it was free!).  We got some cool Tiger "beads" and, free food and drinks and had a great time at our table.  Above are the flags (in the Hyatt) of the Maui Classic teams.  

"Pitt", Mardi, Dave

What a treat...Audra and her family were there, and we ran into each other many times!

The Murphy clan...Matt, Kate, Uncle Dave, and use

Dana and Kelley (lucky enough to be part of the charter)

Pastner greeted our table (I was low key and didn't ask for a photo:(

We heard the food wasn't great at the luaus...but I was pleasantly surprised!!

So here starts the zipline trip and the rest of the day (the luau pictures should have been last, but I uploaded them wrong)
Ziplining the West Maui Mountains!!

That's my "I'm scared of heights" husband!!

A friend, Mardi

One our our awesome guides, Luke and Sam

Pictures don't do justice to the magnitude of this mountain/valley...gorgeous

The little city below if the area called, Ka'anapli, where we stayed, the island across is  La'nai

Lunch on the deck overlooking the mountains

part of the walk to the next line (there were 8 ziplines total, the longest of which was 1200 feet long.  We were 1800 feet up the mountain). 
David's work friends, we had a blast with them...Kelly, "Pitt", and Mardi 

Uncle Dave showing off his "upgrade"....if you are close to 200lb, you get a free "upgrade" on your was the joke of the day! 

If you notice, Rob tends to wink one eye when we take pics of our selves....I don't know whats yup with that!!

We happened upon Pastner doing his interview for the tournament...a nice surprise!

The beach at our resort "Ka'anapli Beach Club"

This was a great first day in Maui.  What a beautiful island, but this landscape was only the tip of the iceberg...on Day 3, we did "The Road to Hana"...more to come on that, for sure!!  by the way, yes, we talk about our kids every day, usually every couple of hours!!!  Also, btw...thanks Amy for the dresses, I have enjoyed them...and Geo for the swim fits you better, but nobody know me here!

Hawai'i, Day 1- Honolulu

I finally have a minute to start my Hawai'i posts.  I think I will do it in Days since I have many pictures to upload and memories to blog.  Our 8 day adventure started out with a 15 hour flight adventure (we were on the runway in Dallas for 3 hours before taking off due to a mechanical issue...which made for  a 12 hour flight (supposed to be 9).  That was a tough, tough flight.  We go through LA on the way home, so I have great expectations for better flying.  Day 1, we spent in Honolulu, our friends the Sage's invited us to stay a night with them there before heading to Maui.  We did some just do sight seeing and spent a few hours on the beach. 

Hard Rock, Honolulu....had some killer Nachos

We hiked to the top of "Diamond Head" an inactive volcano/crater.  It was about a 90 minute hike up and back down.  Great view of the big city of Honolulu.  It was like looking out over New York or Chicago. I didn't realize how "big city" Honolulu was.  

Pearl Harbor "USS Arizona Memorial".  Wow, what a sobering experience.  Standing over the  sunken ship.  I never knew details of the Pearl Harbor bombing until this tour, and I am so glad we made the time to do it.  What an important part of our freedom and history.  

Standing in front of the wall with the thousands of names of soldiers who lost their lives.   Overwhelming, to say the least.  

Part of the ship that still remains above water

sunset at Waikiki Beach

To remember our accomodations...

Friday, November 4, 2011

Lane- Theater Camp

Lane and Bo spent a week at St. George's in Memphis at summer camps this year.  They were great.  I don't have pictures of Bo's "Lego camp", but Lane's theater camp had a performance at the end of her week, so I have a few (bad quality) pictures to remember her week.  The play was "Where the Wild Things Are". It was really good for her to be forced into spending a week with a group of kids (none of which she knew) and then perform in front of an audience.  She comes out of her shell when she has to.  Her instructor was soo good, all around a great experience!