This past week Brian and I went to Maui for Brandon and Taylor's wedding. Sunset on the beach...
A destination wedding is, hands down, the way to go! Ten of us (all family) traveled to Maui and we all had an amazing vacation for what it would cost to have a fancy-shmancy wedding at home. No, MOST of your friends and relatives might not be able to go, but the people who matter will be there...whether in person or spirit. Those who can not be there will be thrilled you had the wedding AND a vacation of a lifetime.
The minister performed a Christian ceremony decked out in his Hawaiian regalia! A friend of Brian's had his sister bring the entire wedding party Hawaiian leis! It was a touching and beautiful ceremony!!!
Brian and I stuck with the "land" tours.
A tour of Pearl Harbor and the island of O'ahu. The Arizona Memorial is a must see....
The tour around the island of O'ahu included lunch at the ranch with a view of the "Jurassic Park" mountains..,seriously, this is where they filmed the mountain scenes!
A private zip line excursion along the mountains in Wailuka....
I'm telling you...zip lining is for young and old!
We drove around to the northern point of the island and the "road to Hana" in a convertible.
We watched the sun set on the beach.
While we didn't venture into the waters, we did visit the Maui Ocean Center where we saw all the native tropical fish, rays, sharks and turtles! (Without risk of being eaten by a shark! Yes, I have a few phobias!)
We went to a luau...the food was so-so but the show made up for it...amazing!
The only thing I didn't get to do, that I desperately wanted to do, was the helicopter tour around the island...we booked it but it was cancelled the day before we left...curses! But that one hiccup didn't distract from an amazing week!
This is a trip we probably never would have taken. I feel so honored, and am so grateful, that Brandon and Taylor asked us to share their special day!
As wonderful as the week was, I am glad to be home. So far I have spent the week just trying to catch up...not there yet!
So until next week when I will return to our regularly scheduled program....