Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hawaii Part 3: The North Shore & Whale Watching

We arrived in Hawaii on Friday afternoon (Valentine's Day!) and the weather was not what we'd expected. It was chilly and rainy, something apparently that rarely ever happens on the island...just our luck. But after a couple days it cleared up and we saw where "Paradise" gets it's name.

We still ventured out that first weekend; Shane and Scarlett drove us up to North Shore and we saw so much of the island. Oahu really is spectacular; the mountains are every bit as jaw-drop-worthy as the white sandy beaches. My favorite part of the day was visiting Kualoa Ranch, where Jurassic Park was filmed. It felt like we were living in a post card! So, so beautiful.

I haven't given much background about our two hosts, my brother and his wife. Shane is a Captain (almost Major) in the Army and is stationed on Oahu. Scarlett, the gorgeous redhead, is his wife. They housed us, fed us, shuttled us around, and took care of Bear as if he was their own. They are the absolute best and we love them so much. They hadn't seen Bear since he was five weeks old, so it was really special to see the three of them interact and play.

Sea turtle sighting!

Kualoa Ranch, where Jurassic Park was filmed

Shane and Scarlett booked a whale watching trip, which was awesome. We saw quite a few whales and Bear was a little trooper.

"Dukes on Sunday", great grub after a successful whale watching excursion. Thanks, Shane and Scarlett!

Happy Hump Day!

Thank you for sticking with these long winded recaps and for your sweet comments about our trip! Just a few more to come :). We loved Hawaii and hope to one day go back!


  1. Yes! I've been waiting allll day on this post! : ) Your pictures are SO pretty Brit! The beach, the trees, the green really is paradise. That's awesome you got to go where Jurassic Park was filmed. G will die when I tell him that! And, as always, I love that little Bear!

  2. Oh it is paradise!! Sorry about the crummy weather, but glad you still got to make the most of the trip. I love the pic of the sea turtle!!!

  3. the turtles are too cute! it's incredibly gorgeous, even with the weather not being its greatest! i love that you get a mix of ocean, sand and mountains...awesome combination!!
    as is getting to be with family and be on vacation at the same time!
    that picture of bear with his feet in the sand - priceless!!

  4. It's always a bummer when the weather doesn't pan out on your vacation. Glad it cleared up! How nice that you had such gracious hosts that made your time there that much more special.

  5. You had some fabulous tour guides that took you to some amazing places!!

  6. Wow. Those are really lovely to watch. Those are the wonderful things that Argyll offers the visitors. But wait. There is more. whale watching argyll is one of the fantastic things to see in Argyll too.


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