Monday, September 1, 2008

Labor Day

First Monday in September... Labor Day. But not really Labor day... Not for me anyway. Although I do have several friends who are actually pregnant enough to have had their labor today... but since I have not heard anything from anyone I'm going to assume that no one I know actually labored today.

Scott and I woke up this morning kinda late (we're getting good at sleeping in these days) and came to the conclusion that today could possibly be our last holiday together sans kids. We should do something fun together! What's something cool to do on Oahu that we don't usually do? Ah ha, we will pretend to be tourists. We will go to one of the most popular tourist sites on the island... We will go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay!
After all, we're all just tourists on this earth.
It's been 15 years since I've been to Hanauma Bay, which is really a shame because it's a stunningly beautiful place and the perfect place to snorkel... and snorkeling happens to be the perfect activity for a pregnant woman in her third trimester.

So we gathered up the snorkeling gear, packed some fruit and cheese and crackers in a small cooler for lunch, and headed off to the beach.

As usual, it was a beautiful day. As we walked down to the water we were commenting about how just about everyone else there spent thousands of dollars saving for their Hawaiian Vacation to get there today. We figured our spend was about $8 in gas (the X-Terra isn't so good with gas) and whatever the fruit and cheese for our lunch cost... Oh yeah, and a dollar for parking. We should never take for granted that we live here.
We put on our mask, fins and snorkels and headed right out past the reef... cruised along looking for big fish, which we didn't really see, but the variety out there is worth mentioning. Scott took a bunch of underwater photos but the water wasn't quite clear enough out there to get too many good ones. Here are a few though so you have an idea. Look closely to see the three pretty fish in the second picture. :)

And Scott even captured a panoramic video from the water. Pretty cool.

I can only hope that in about 2 months when it comes time for my real Labor Day that I can at least have some fond memories from this place... because I can't imagine that experience will be quite as pleasant!!


TrainingtoTri said...

What a great idea and again totally jealous that you live in HI! Did you grow up there? If not, how/when did you move there?

hatfields-in-hawaii said...

What a fun day! Ryan was hoping for a baby on "Labor Day" but that didn't happen :-) Keep in touch and let me know how you're doing!

Mama Simmons said...

Training to tri,
I moved to Hawaii over 3 1/2 years ago from Scottsdale, AZ... my job brought me out here. My plan was to stay for 3 years and then get myself promoted and moved back to the mainland... but I fell in love with the state (you can see why!) and then I fell in love with Scott (again, you can see why!) so looks like we're here for the long haul now... :)