HAWAII ADVENTURES 2020

Hi All,

I’m completely back logged on travel photos from last year and earlier this year, so I’ll be sharing those throughout the week so you can enjoy photos from when travel was possible before 2020 arrived and took that all away, you know with COVID and all, lol. This is part one of our adventures in Hawaii back in early January. Charles and my two very good friends, Jams and Knockett headed to the Northshore to check out Kualoa Ranch, a popular tourist spot in the Northshore, Oahu. We signed up for some pretty amazing tours and these pics are pics from our first tour of the day, which was an ocean voyage. We had some pretty amazing tour guides who took us out to sea. It literally couldn’t have been a better day. It was a little drizzle, over cast (meaning no harsh sun) and some pretty rough winds which made our boat ride super adventurous and bumpy from beginning to end. As many of you know, this is my second time visiting Hawaii, but my first time doing a tour like this. This is the closest I’ve gotten to Chinaman’s hat and we even got soaking wet hanging off the edge of the rail because that is where the boat was rocking the most. It was nice to see this side of the Northshore and enjoy the beautiful, crisp blue water.

I hope you enjoy Part I of this album and see you back here soon for Part II.

Till next time.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie


ONCE UPON A TIME IN Costa Rica PART II

It’s so great to be back sharing travel photos from one of my best travel years, 2019-2020. I’ve been to a lot of different places, but nothing compares to my trip to Costa Rica back in mid November of 2019. We booked this trip with 2 of our very good college friends on a whim and stayed for a week cramming in as many excursions and rainforest adventures that we could. This first set of pics was from our trip to Guanacaste Costa Rica and the Arenal hot springs. We stayed in the most amazing condo in Jaco, Costa Rica so getting to the hot springs was a 4 hour trip there and back, but as you can see from the pictures, it was so worth it. We spent the first half of the day doing a 2 hour hike up one of the active volcanoes in Arenal. Our tour guide, Jacob, was awesome and so passionate about his work and so dedicated to sharing the history of the volcano with us. Once we made it to the top of the volcano, my mouth literally dropped at the view. It was the most breathtaking view I’ve ever seen. Don’t think I could’ve gotten closer to heaven. The air was so fresh and clean and I just felt so at peace and invigorated. It was by far the best memory. As cliche as it sounds, I’ll never forget this trip for as long as I live. 

After the hike, we went for a dip in the hot springs at the Baldi Hot Springs Hotel. I think our next trip to Costa Rica will have to include a stay at one of the hot spring hotels because it was the most relaxing location EVER! Also, visiting the hot springs was clearly the best way to prepare for our 4 hour drive back to Jaco. 

I hope you enjoy our hiking photos. Sorry, no photos of the hot springs, I was too busy having fun to capture any of that. I’ll be back next week with some more pics from our adventures in Costa Rica. 

Till next time.

Sincerely, 

Deidra Marie 


DOLE PLANTATION VISIT

Pineapple drinks on deck

So fresh and so sweet

Okay, I’ve been dragging this Hawaii trip out long enough. This is the last post about Hawaii, I swear. I couldn’t possibly skip out on sharing one of my favorite tours in Hawaii, our visit to the Dole Plantation. As many of you may have already figured out, Hawaii is one of the biggest exporters of the tastest fruit EVER, pineapples. It’s no secret this fruit taste delicious and is by far one of my favorite eats. It’s also one of the few fruits I’m not allergic to. If you haven’t already guessed it by now, you should know Charles and I literally toured Hawaii in less than 3 days so that’s why all of our post are jammed packed with activities because it was basically a non stop adventure from beginning to end with no rest in between. The Dole plantation was on of those adventures.

We had the most fun at on this visit. We tried pineapple ice cream for the first time, hoped a train ride with the Pineapple Express and toured the pineapple fields and snapped some random shots all over the landscape and inside the biggest, fake pineapple I’ve ever seen. And of course, we had to shop the pineapple gift shop because who doesn’t love buying trinkets for their family members.

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Dole

All aboard

Got my ticket

Pineapple shoes were only fitting

Yummy pineapple ice cream

Waiting to board the Pineapple Express

I’m ready

What do you mean no food or drinks?

Pretty greens

Pineapple fields forever

Banana’s too

Pretty flower

Sight seeing

Gorgeous landscape

More pineapples

Happy as a pineapple

Pineapple dreaming

Souvenirs

That’s all folks

All in all this was an amazing trip full of fun and non stop eating. We plan on visiting next year because clearly a few personal days in Hawaii is clearly not enough to grasp the full breath of this beautiful island.

Anyone ever been to Hawaii? Which island did you visit? What activities did you do? Would love to hear from you. Drop your comments below in the comment box

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie