Aloha chickadees! I'm Annie from Blonde Glambition. I'm so excited to be guest blogging for Chantal while she enjoys this much deserved time with her hubby! Thanks Chantal for this opportunity, and thank you to all of her readers for reading my ramblings that follow :)
Like Chantal, my hubby and I are also stationed in the Land of Aloha. Hawaii holds a very special place in my heart since I spent the majority of my youth growing up here, and I met and married my hubby here too.
My hubby and I love to travel, explore, and enjoy the great outdoors. However, for some reason wherever we go, blunders seem to follow, and every adventure never goes exactly as planned. For instance, when we lived in Italy, we took a trip down to Rome. As we were driving on the autostrada in the middle of a rainstorm, our windshield wipers flew off the car. Yep, there is never a dull moment when were together…haha.
Our adventures in Hawaii have not been exempt from these blunders and hiccups either. When my hubby is home we are usually found outside either hiking on the trails scattered around the island, at the beach, or enjoying various water activities.
Now you're probably wondering about these blunders I mentioned. I've narrowed it down to just a few.
The first time we did a hike known as the Pillbox Hike, we thought we had found the beginning of the trail. By the time we reached an elevation high enough to see the peaks around us, it was already midday (think scorching heat) when we realized that we were on a completely different trail and the pillboxes were nearly 2 miles away. Whoops. Not to mention, we only brought one bottle of water. Once we made it to our intended destination (the old WWII bunkers), the view made it well worth the extra effort.
Another time we went kayaking out to a nearby bird sanctuary. We made it out to the island with no problem, but it was leaving the island that presented a problem. My hubby pushed the kayak out into the water with me in it. He was then supposed to jump in and on we would go. However, our timing was off and the waves came crashing in one after another. Needless to say, I ended up being thrown into the water with the kayak on top of me, swallowing a boat load of salty ocean water. It took me forever to get out of the crashing waves. Embarrassing, yes. Funny now, most definitely.
Another time right before my hubby deployed, we decided to go on underwater BOBs (scooters). We showed up for the briefing and quickly found out that we were the only Americans in the group of 30 Japanese tourist who spoke no English. It wasn't until we boarded the boat that the crew realized we had no idea what we were supposed to do considering all the briefings had been given in Japanese. Somehow the blonde girl and the freckly faced guy were overlooked in the crowd. In the end, they gave us a quick run down of the instructions before we jumped on our scooters. We laughed the whole time, and it was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
Living in Hawaii is truly a blessing. Our adventures may not always go exactly as planned, but it's the blunders and hiccups that make them far more memorable. And in all honesty, we can't really complain when we get to experience things such as this: