Last stop at Tantalus Lookout before heading to the windward side of Oahu where we stayed for the rest of our vacation in Waimanalo!
Random Adventures |
While staying in Waikiki for a couple of nights, one of the places we checked out was the Waikiki Aquarium down the street from our hotel. Not as large as some of the aquariums we’ve been too but still interesting to see nonetheless especially since Hawaii has both fresh and saltwater habitats for aquatic creatures. Went here after hiking up and down Diamond Head State Monument!
First thing the next day of being in Oahu, Hawaii was to get up early and hike Diamond Head State Monument. Thanks to jet lag, getting up early and getting a parking spot inside the crater was a success!
Waikiki means “spouting fresh water” in Hawaiian. Amanda thought otherwise, until I told her that it’s actually a neighborhood in Hawaii famous for Waikiki Beach! Waikiki also has a special meaning to her and so for our trip to Oahu, Hawaii, I wanted to start things off on the right foot by staying in Waikiki with the beach just across the street!
It was a beautiful, sunny day and I figured since I haven’t been to the Minnesota Zoo since moving to the Twin Cities that I would go spend part of the day there with the girlfriend!
My trip to Punta Cana was fun and relaxing especially since in the Midwest it was pretty cold at the time too. Staying at an all-inclusive resort allowed us to enjoy ourselves without having to worry about food and drinks. Definitely would go to Punta Cana again!
This is not that Red Rock. This Red Rock is the Canyon, not the Amphitheatre near Denver, CO. Although, it does have similar rock structures! Spent the day here for our lazy Sunday.
After our stop at the Hoover Dam, we traveled north to the Valley of Fire. It wasn’t as hot as Hoover Dam, but we were still sweating from all the hiking. Gorgeous landscape in the middle of nowhere!
Up bright and early on a Saturday, with our first stop at the Hoover Dam before heading to Valley of Fire. With the temperatures already in the 80s in the morning, thank goodness for air conditioning!
I had the whole day to myself before the rest of the group arrived in Vegas, so I decided to start it off at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park in Nevada after landing in Las Vegas.