October 24, 2014

Hawai'i Hikes // Laie Falls & Summit


SO, I was suppose to post a hike every Friday, but as you can tell that wasn't happening at all. I'm quite happy that I have a hike to share with everyone!

I've actually done Laie Falls three times and the summit once, so you'll have quite the mix-up of pictures. I think I've gone during every season except the winter months. OK, lets cover some facts:

  • It's considered to be an intermediate trail, I'm not really sure how to rate trails, but my levels are dying or not dying. We definitely weren't dying on this trail, but we hit about a mile of on and off muddiness on the way to the summit, which hindered our time by a lot.
  • Hiking time was 7 hours and was 14 miles (estimate). We thought it was just a 10 mile hike, but we were quite wrong. As we told people, they were like that's only 4 extra miles ... my rule of thumb is no comments unless you've done it. 
  • If you read reviews on Yelp, it mentions that you need a permit, I've gone all three times without a permit. And I've always come across a few of the locals and they don't mind, just be respectful, of course. The trail is said to be closed on Sunday.
We saw a lot of info for Laie Falls, which is fine because we did take a little pit stop there and mulled over if we wanted to continue on to the summit. After the falls, we were kind of hiking blind because we had no idea where the summit actually was, all we had were the pink flags that marked the trail. We made it to the falls in about an hour-ish (I could be really wrong about that) or so, I can't remember. Had a little snack and water by the waterfall and the true journey began.

The reason why it took us a long time was because you have to go in and out of the ridgeline and gradually make your way up towards the summit. Just imagine snaking through a trail, it was literally that kind of motion, but much more stretched out. We had no idea where the summit was until we were about 5-10 minutes away. Everything just looked the same, you'll notice the various ridges, but they were nearly the same height! After a couple of hours, I made a decision to say 20 more minutes and we're heading back down, but thankfully that's when we got to our destination. The in and out of the trail, plus the mud was what really cost us time. And going back down took just as long. I definitely don't regret doing this trail to the summit, but I have no desire to do it again. There are plenty of other hikes on Oahu that are much more rewarding.

The wind was so strong at the top that it nearly knocked us over as we stood. Well it managed to knock me on my ass; I took a little video from the top!

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I think this was the longest hike I've done, so it was quite the accomplishment. I'm itching to go hiking again, but it has been such a rain fest over here since Hurricane Ana came through. I already have my next hike planned, but who knows when I'll get the chance to do it. If you have any questions about this hike or looking for a suggestion, feel free to comment below!

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This is to the left of the road that leads to the Laie Trailhead.
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One of my biggest pet peeves on hikes, everyone's need to mark up the signs! Look at the different from the top picture to this one ...
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October 22, 2014

Military Life Moments // Friendships


After I graduated from college, I jetsetted off to live with the mister in Charleston, South Carolina. It was such a big jump, especially for the both of us. It was my first time moving and being away from everything that was familiar. Being scared was an understatement. And the thought of making friends was daunting.

In Charleston, I didn't have a license (long story, short, I got it when I was 22) or a car, so I was stuck in a house for a couple of months. And that's when I landed a job working retail, it was low pay, but it was a blessing because I became pretty close with a few of my co-workers. It made my time there a lot better and miss them all so much, and only hope that I can visit again soon. It was a bittersweet good-bye and then it was off to start our new chapter in upstate New York.

I transferred with my job, so that was a great way to meet people. We did make good friends with this awesome lady that worked in a restaurant across from our house. She was even one of our witnesses for mine and the mister's courthouse wedding. New York was definitely a lot better when it came to having friends around, some of our mutual friends were there and there was even one from Charleston. What are the odds of that?

We made a few new friends from prototype and we stay in touch 'till this day. I didn't have the pleasure of meeting some lovely military friends until we were a few months away from moving to Oahu. We had a little night out on the town and it was a fun time, we still stay in touch every now and then, but I'll never forget that night! Good ole memories for the books.

Off to Oahu we are. I was completely nervous about this one because you hear about the stories and the "wives". But all of that was quickly thrown out the window upon meeting our wardroom, we're a pretty awesome group and we hang out all the time especially during the times when the guys are underway. I seriously owe so much to them especially during deployment.

And I've made friends through volleyball, I like to call them my volleyball ohana. It's always great to have friends that aren't part of the military world, it's a good balance to have in your life.

The one thing about the military, it can be quite the small world, you're guaranteed to see everyone again. It becomes full circle. We get thrown into situations where we quickly have to learn to adapt and accept things that we can't change. Regardless of how crazy this life can be, I'm thankful for every person that I've crossed paths with.

October 20, 2014

Weekly Wishes #11


Last week was an all around blogging fail, I was behind on everything. And I've been contemplating more and more about transitioning over to Wordpress and having my own domain. If anyone has suggestions about making the jump, please don't hesitate to share!

Elizabeth from Blooming Air Force Bride and I wrapped up our first virtual book club for Bloggin' Book Club. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, don't forget to head over to this post to share your book review and take part in next month's pick! We're in the process of voting for this month's book; the poll closes on the 28th, don't miss out!

The hubby has been away doing his thing out in the ocean and it's never fun being away from him, but I've managed to catch up on all my shows. That's one way to help pass the time. And of course, another hurricane was passing by the islands! Thankfully it wasn't anything severe, but a couple of the other islands got some damage from wind and rain. It has been raining for over 24 hours and I've been loving every moment of it! I grew up in Washington State, so the rain was part of my daily life. Plus Hawai'i needs a little rain to cool everything down.

I didn't achieve any of last week's wishes, so I'm just going to skip over that and share this week's wishes!

What goals are you hoping to accomplish this week?

This Week's Wishes

  1. WORK ON WEDDING PHOTOBOOK // I have a voucher for MyPublisher that expires in 2 weeks, so I need to get working on it.
  2. BAKE & DECORATE COOKIES // Time is ticking and I've made zero progress on this little project.
  3. START WRITING DEPLOYMENT LETTERS // Last deployment I wrote letters and printed pictures for the mister to take with him. I have so many pictures to print out from our traveling adventures this past year, so he'll have quite the collection.
  4. PUT MY COUSIN'S BABY SHOWER GIFT TOGETHER // My cousin's baby shower is this coming weekend and I found something on pinterest. And it looks a little something like this:
    SOURCE // MOMMY TESTERS
I'll leave it at that because it will keep me very busy during the week!

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