i wish i were here

29 Aug

Pat and I had the luxury of taking a honeymoon immediately following our wedding. It was the best decision we made in the entire wedding planning process (aside from saying “yes” to his proposal). So much goes into planning a wedding and it is gone before you know it, a week to spend time exclusively with your new spouse is a perfect solution to the equation.

As much as we wanted to go someplace exotic in the Caribbean or some where floating along the equator, we would really rather not be blown to smithereens by a category five hurricane just days after saying “I do.” I guess that’s what we get for having a summer wedding, huh?

The alternative to the exotic hurricane-ridden tropics of the Caribbean? The volcanic islands of Hawaii! Hawaii seemed like a sure bet on weather and island beauty. And let me tell you, Maui did NOT disappoint. We’ve already chosen it as our retirement spot. (Don’t worry, we’ll have a spare bedroom for those who would like to visit).

We didn’t do too much while we were there – it was the perfect mix of exploring and relaxation. My favorite part was leaving the lanai door open from our hotel room at night to hear the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean just feet away. It was so soothing, I fell asleep at about 7:30 nearly every night (no joke). We didn’t do anything too crazy, like helicopter rides over actively steaming volcanoes – or volunteering Pat to sacrifice himself as a dancing pawn during a ceremonial Hawaiian dance before a luau – but that would have been entertaining nonetheless.

Maui hotel view

As I sit here listening to Pat moan about not being able to open presents this year, I’m secretly longing (and complaining to myself) that I’d rather be jet-setting across the globe to bask in the sun on a tiny little island. Someday again soon, someday.

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