Our First Day Snorkeling

Trip Start Feb 28, 2008
Trip End Mar 16, 2008

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

I was still tired this morning so I took my time getting up. We didn't have anything to eat for breakfast so we went down to the Small Town Coffee Co. to try out their breakfast bagels and check email. Then we went to Boss Frogs to rent snorkel gear. We found a 2 for 1 special ad in a magazine, but it turned out that the 2 for 1 was for the old style round masks that don't seal very well. It was the old bait and switch routine. I should have known better. I knew it sounded too good to be true. We still got our snorkel gear from them, but it did irritate me.
We headed over to Hideaways beach and snorkeled there for a while. It started to get pretty choppy and made it hard to see much. We kept getting sloshed around. So, we got out, had lunch and then headed over to Anini beach. Anini beach is protected by a reef so we were hoping it wouldn't be as choppy there. However, the sky started to cloud up by the time we got there and the water was still choppy. So, we decided to just hang out on the beach. The locals were having a social get together at the park. There was a big crowd, live music, a volleyball net was set up, though there wasn't anyone playing and they had a blow-up water slide for the kids. It was fun to watch everyone laughing and having fun. Hawaiians are good at doing community events. We are always running into some fun social thing with the locals. Later, we stopped at the Kapaa Craft Fair.

I forgot to mention that this morning Dave and I made reservations this coming Tuesday for a one hour tour on powered hang-gliders with a tour company called Birds of Paradise. They will take us, each of us on separate hang-gliders, through Waimea canyon and over to the Napali coast. These are hang-gliders that also have a motor, called "trikes" so they have much more control of where they can go. We saw them flying over Kalalau while we were there and I noticed that sometimes they turn off the motor and just glide. They supply you with suits to stay warm, helmet, gloves and a parachute just to be safe. You are given safety instructions before you leave so it's more than just a tour, it's kind of a beginning lesson as well. They also have a camera mounted on the front of the trike and they supply you with a DVD of your trip for a little more. I can't imagine a better place to try something like this. It should be one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I love. It looked like so much fun, I can't wait.
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