“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.”
-Hans Christian Andersen
My husband and I love to travel. For years we’ve kept discussing the next vacation or road trip we’d love to take or save up for. It’s been a little while since we’ve traveled anywhere outside of California (although it’s a beautiful state to discover!) but I am reminded of our trip to Hawaii for our one year wedding anniversary. Soon after getting married we discussed back and forth where we would like to go; having thrown around Europe and other typical vacation spots. We had decided to revisit our favorite, and almost hidden gem, of Turks & Caicos.
A year later, when it came time to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, we were back to the table discussing where we would like to go this time around. And again, we added a few new places to our ever growing list of destinations. I believe it was my husband who had mentioned Hawaii, and I was all for it…just under one condition: no touristy islands. With living and working near L.A., I wanted to feel away from it all and not be surrounded by creature comforts. If I’m going to an island, and for me Hawaii was a first, I want to feel as though I’m on an island. Not a resort. Not with a bunch of kids. Just us, relaxation, and simplicity.
Today I’m excited to share our trip to the island of Kaua’i, Hawaii. It was the summer of 2015 and we both were looking forward to a few days just celebrating us. So, join me as I journey back in time and share with you in this four part series of our first Hawaiian anniversary.
This photo was taken from our plane as we made our descent to Kauai. It was beautiful and had me immediately thinking about Jurassic Park (which was actually filmed on the Hawaiian islands).
When we first arrived we checked in to our hotel and we couldn’t wait to get out to the beach! The Sheraton where we stayed had beautiful rooms and direct access to the beach front, which made our stay that much more convenient. Upon stepping foot on the sand, I took note of how the sun was definitely warmer and more direct than in Turks so I was sure to lather on my sunblock and make good use of my new floppy hat. With fair skin I always have to make sure I take the necessary precautions when it comes to vacationing at the beach.
I remember jumping in the water and having to catch myself, reminding myself that this wasn’t Turks. These waters, although absolutely beautiful, had waves…which was something I wasn’t expecting (I know, duh moment). Also, when going into the water the sand quickly became rock and made it difficult to walk or stand on without those special water shoes (which, of course, I don’t own). I was only used to our trips to Turks where the sand was silky smooth and the water just lapped up against the shore. However, I adapted and decided that I wouldn’t be spending too much time in the water but rather enjoying it from afar with drink in hand.
It took some time to find, but I was determined to find a real lei made of real flowers. I knew that we would be given some by our hotel when we arrived, but was disappointed a little bit when they were shell leis and not flowers.
So, when we went to a local grocer to pick up drinks and some snacks for our room I found they carried real leis!
As you can tell, much of our first day in Kaua’i was spent just getting settled. I had begun reading The Girl on the Train as my choice of book that summer (which BTW is soooo good if you haven’t read it already) so I didn’t mind posting up with a cold drink and just enjoying my surroundings. I knew Philip was interested in going on a popular hike the following day so I made sure to soak up as much lounging time as possible that first day. 😉
Part two is coming up next week where I share our adventures hiking the massive Waimea Canyon trail and a cool hidden waterfall we found! See you then!