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The Barwalk

Have you seen the movie Giant? If so, you might recognize this painting. 😉
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From the Menger we went to a bar named Moses Rose’s, after the only man who chose to leave the besieged Alamo and on our way there we passed the Emily Morgan another historic hotel named after a figure critical to the Texas Revolution.
From there we headed to the Buckhorn Saloon which was established by 17 year old Albert Friedrich in 1881.
We ended our tour at a well known downtown establishment that holds a special place in my heart because my parents went on a date here. 😉
I always learn something new from Emzy, having someone who cares deeply about the city show off and discuss the history of some of its oldest gems, is truly an enchanting experience; I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning more about the city, tourist or native. (As I mentioned previously you can find more information on booking a tour at http://www.sabarwlk.com.) On the way back to our car we passed by the Alamo again and another beautiful building downtown the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Hope you enjoyed a brief glimpse into some of the beauty that is San Antonio.
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Country roads, take me home…

I can almost taste the funnel cakes, corndogs and cotton candy… Mmm…
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Country roads, take me home…

The 2013 Grand Feature Parade at The Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins, WV.


























Five Years Ago Today ❤

Aloha Kakahiaka or Good Morning, I was learning because the Surfrider changes out the elevator mats according to time of day! 😉
This was our breakfast view from The Veranda, looks pretty quiet.
Breakfast view May 16th ❤
It was but we surfed it anyway and then played at the beach in front of the hotel.
WaterCam May 16th ❤
Sooo…. you go down this trail and come out…
Down the trail May 16th ❤
here… WHOA! Waimea Bay!
Whoa! May 16th ❤
These dudes were worried about the “Lil’ Brah” going in.
Lil' Brah May 16th ❤Body Surfin' May 16th ❤
YES!!! … Oh! Maybe not…
Yes! May 16th ❤Maybe not May 16th ❤
They to see when the wave is coming in and then the juuuuump…
Checking it out May 16th ❤Going for it May 16th ❤Wave watcher May 16th ❤Splash May 16th ❤
You have to love girl power!
Girl Power May 16th ❤Nice! May 16th ❤Skimboarding May 16th ❤
It works better with out the shirt … lol!
Again May 16th ❤
A quiet day at Waimea.
Wave mouth May 16th ❤Crash May 16th ❤
Back up the trail and the view from mid-way up the trail.
Up trail May 16th ❤Trial view May 16th ❤
The view from the top.
Rock line May 16th ❤
Waimea from the car…
Waimea  Bay May 16th ❤
on the way to Sunset Beach.
Sunset Beach May 16th ❤
Proper May 16th ❤Aloha May 16th ❤
We enjoyed a great dinner at Duke’s Waikiki…
Duke's May 16th ❤May 16th ❤
said Aloha to Diamondhead and The Moana Surfrider and headed to the airport.
Aloha Diamondhead May 16th ❤

Five Years Ago Today ❤

Good Morning Diamondhead!
Diamondhead May 15th ❤
Not nearly as big as Lahaina’s Banyan Tree but still impressive!
Banyan Tree May 15th ❤
Across from the Surfrider is the International Marketplace, both it and Waikiki Town Center are built on land that was owned by Queen Emma Kaleleonalani, a humanitarian beloved by her people. She joined her husband King Kamehameha IV in a personal crusade to stem the decline of native Hawaiians.
Intl Marketplace May 15th ❤
Today, we are headed out to the North Shore, Baby!
North Shore May 15th ❤Hale'iwa May 15th ❤
This is called, “A Lesson in Patience”.
Patience May 15th ❤
After spending a few hours there we went over to Ehukai Beach Park, aka the one… the only… the very quiet 😉 Bonzai Pipeline!
Ehukai Beach Park May 15th ❤Quiet May 15th ❤
Pipe May 15th ❤
The Blues May 15th ❤
Bonzai Pipeline May 15th ❤RIP Ronnie Burns May 15th ❤
Learned a new word on this trip… Vog!
The Vog May 15th ❤
While not a whole lot of respiratory fun, the vog does make for some very cool pictures.
Mountains in the Vog May 15th ❤
Driving back in five o’clock traffic I can’t help but think, this is a pretty sweet view if you’re stuck in traffic.
Commute May 15th ❤
Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu, these are a must for me… heeheehee! I can’t wait to go check out the new one in Waikiki!
HRC Honolulu May 15th ❤
I bow down to the gods of surf!
Pray for Surf May 15th ❤
The view from our room at night.
Nite Y'all May 15th ❤

Five Years Ago Today ❤

I hope y’all didn’t think we were done! We just got married there is a honeymoon to be had! 😉
It broke my heart to leave Maui.
Noooo... May 14th ❤
It was hard to believe we were leaving.
Leaving Maui May 14th ❤
Out of the places I have traveled, only Maui had made me want to leave Texas.
Don't want to May 14th ❤
Aloha Maui ❤
Aloha Maui May 14th ❤
Hey, I’ve been here before, only for an hour or so on the way to Maui.
Aloha O’ahu!
O'ahu May 14th ❤
Since it was out Honeymoon I spent more than I would normally spend on a hotel. I wanted to stay somewhere that had history, it was a toss-up between The Royal Hawaiian Princess of the Westin Moana Surfrider and The First Lady of Waikiki won.
Surfrider May 14th ❤
When I reserved the room the online questionnaire asked if there was anything special about our visit. I indicated we had never been to O’ahu and that we were going to stay there for our honey moon. The front desk asked us to wait for a few minutes while they finished with our suite, I replied that I didn’t think I’d booked a suite and they said they had upgraded us! WOOHOO! The Bell Captain came forward and said he wanted to take us to our room, when we got into the elevator he pushed the button with the PH on it! They upgraded us to The Nalu Suite 2109, he explained that the only other one like it, is the one the owner stays in right next to it! I don’t normally post pictures of the interior of a hotel room but THIS was off the hook!
Our living area.
Nalu May 14th ❤
The from our living room windows.
Lanai View May 14th ❤Cont Lani View May 14th ❤
They aren’t kidding when they call it a Westin Heavenly Bed! I’ve never slept so good.
Bedroom May 14th ❤
The Lanai.
Peering out May 14th ❤Relaxation May 14th ❤
I could see the Royal Hawaiian Princess looking down from the Lanai.
Royal Hawaiian Princess May 14th ❤
THIS magnificent view was straight off the front of our Lanai.
Waikiki May 14th ❤
Have I mentioned I love Hawaii?
Chocolate May 14th ❤
We spent a good portion of the day on in The Banyan Court…
Banyan Court May 14th ❤
and lovin’ Waikiki!
Diamond Head May 14th ❤

Five Years Ago Today ❤

My maternal grandparents eloped, my parents eloped too; I have always been adamant that I would not get married in a courthouse, my fear was if I did, my daughter (should I have one), would elope as well. I did not break the cycle but I would not have wanted to be married any other way. ❤
This is The Old Lahaina Courthouse, isn’t it cute? It was built-in 1859, during the reign of Kamehameha the VI.
Old Lahaina Courthouse May 13th ❤
I did not get married there!!! I worked with a wedding coordinator online, we decided we were going to get married in South Maui; however, the previous weekend at the Hyatt there were weddings everywhere: the Great Lawn, the waterfall, the gazebo and the beach. Jack and I began to ask the locals if we should move our ceremony to West Maui, everyone responded the same way, they asked where we currently were going to be married and then they all recommended we stay with our original location. It was probably an hour drive to get there but when you live in Texas an hour drive is next door, so that wasn’t a problem; when it got scary, was when the road dropped down to one lane and the edge of the road was on my side. Passing oncoming traffic was very precarious. We pulled up to a wall, that is overgrown with vegetation and my initial thought was, “Uh-oh, what did I do?”; then I walked through the opening and knew THIS was where we were meant to be married! We were Maui’d in Makena Cove (Secret Beach), in a traditional Hawaiian Ceremony by Rev. Alalani Hill.
Makena Cove May 13th ❤
Secret Beach May 13th ❤
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We dined at Sonz at the Hyatt Regency Ka’anapali after the ceremony, yes, that’s where we were staying but I did look into several places and it was highly recommended. It was an excellent choice, the wait staff was amazing, because it was not busy they really went out of their way to make everything very special.
Sonz May 13th ❤
You did catch that I said we eloped, right? Five years ago today smart phones were not as popular as they are now and I personally did not buy my first iPhone until the month after we got back. So these are the pictures that our family and friends back home woke up to in their email in boxes.
Surprise May 13th ❤Email May 13th ❤
I must say we do have really great senses of humor but I was surprised at how many people thought we were kidding, so what if we had already been together for thirteen years and engaged for eight! I always said I wanted a long engagement. 😀
This is the picture that went out with the formal announcement when we got home.
Announcement May 13th ❤
❤At this point I would like to thank Sheree Giegling, she made it all happen and is by far an excellent wedding coordinator. I contacted her two weeks before the date and she managed everything so that we had a perfect day, she even managed to pull off getting the “mainland” flowers I wanted for my bouquet. 😉 The day before the wedding she called and asked what I was doing, when I replied, “I am about to snorkel off the coast of Lana’i”, she cracked up laughing and said I was the calmest bride she ever worked with. I had complete faith in her and for good reason too, it was the perfect day.
❤I would also like to thank Rev. Alalani Hill for falling in love with us, the way we did with her; we will always treasure your words and you have truly touched our soul.
❤Last but not least, to the woman who stopped us in the hallway of the Hyatt, asked if we were getting married, if my Mom was there and when I replied that she was not said, “Well come here and give me a hug! You need a hug from a Mom on your wedding day!” When I told my mother she wept tears of happiness, said your actions meant the world to her and because of how much they meant should she ever get the opportunity to she will do the same. Thank you!
Just Maui'd May 13th ❤