Monday, January 14, 2013

Diamond Head & Waimea Bay, Hawaii

Here are a few more photos from our 1987 Hawaiian honeymoon.

The newlyweds, sporting a little more hair and a lot less weight than currently.

Both of the above photos were taken from the top of Diamond Head.

Yes, we hiked up to the August.

I don't like to sweat, but apparently Doug hadn't figured that out yet. And I might add that, in August in Hawaii, if you're outdoors and you're not swimming, you're sweating.

I had never done any hiking before, and the trail up Diamond Head is steep. It's not terribly long...about three-quarters of a mile...but it's plenty steep enough to work up a good sweat. What's a girl to do? It was my honeymoon. I didn't want my new hubby to find out I was a wimp. So I went, and I smiled, and I sweat. It was worth it though. The view from up there is spectacular.

But, if I ever do it again, it will be in February.

This is looking down into Diamond Head's volcanic crater.

This is a view of the switchback trail to the top.

A food vendor at the beach

I learned from Doug how to spot the best places to look for places with a lot of customers, some of whom are carrying large Styrofoam containers of food as they depart. The little place pictured above was a gem. It served a wide variety of Chinese meals; and it served them fast, hot, and delicious. Oh...and cheap.

The Rock at Waimea Bay

The Rock at Waimea Bay is about 30 feet (9 m) in height, and there are lots of folks who just love the adrenaline rush of jumping into the water from its top. Doug and I are not among them.

There is a cave nearby that you can swim into, and Doug wanted me to see it. Again, in addition to not knowing that I don't like to sweat, he apparently didn't understand my fear of water. And, again, I was too timid to let him know. So I followed him to the cave. Once inside, I discovered that I couldn't touch the bottom; and there were no handholds anywhere on the walls of the cave. And the waves were coming in. And I was getting water inside my snorkeling goggles, which made me feel as if I was drowning.

As I began to panic, I managed to say, "I've got to get out of here" before pushing my sweet hubby aside and heading for shallow water as fast as my poor swimming ability would allow.

Sometimes I think honeymoons ought to wait until the couple gets to know each other a little better.


  1. What a beautiful spot. And poor sweaty you with your fears. I was feeling a bit panicky for you but for me, it wasn't the water so much as the cave.

  2. i'm laughing at your story. the things we do for love. :) thanks for sharing - so cute! glad you survived!

  3. This honeymoon tale is one of the funniest I've heard. You're such a trouper though! I mean you nearly drowned just to please your new hubby. If that isn't love, I don't know what is. lol What a beautiful place to honeymoon!

  4. I love your honeymoon observations. Your photos are fantastic. I hope we get to Hawaii one of these days before I'm too old to either hike or swim!

  5. I don't know too many women who enjoy sweating...except for maybe the fit ones. Great pictures and commentary.

  6. I smiled at your honeymoon escapades. What we don't all do for love! The pictures re great though.

  7. Ah, Hilary - You don't like caves? I can do caves just fine, but not when they're under water. Let me qualify that, though...I like large caves that are lighted. I'm not into crawling through narrow spaces in the dark. :)

    Theresa - Doug still shudders when he thinks about that cave episode. He felt so badly about taking me there after he realized how scared I was.

    Thanks, George. I hope you and Betsy can get there soon. I'm confident that you will enjoy it.

    Stephen - It's probably not the sweat I object to as much as it is the work that it takes to cause the sweat. :) Thanks for the kind words.

    Ruth - I'm glad it made you smile. :)

    Gail - It IS funny now. Not so much then. But you're right about Hawaii being a beautiful place for a honeymoon.

  8. Hey Kids, You all do look younger... BUT--what can I say??? I looked alot younger in 1987... AND I WAS!!!!! ha...

    Beautiful shots from Hawaii... Hope that George and I get there sometime..


    1. Betsy - Yep. Twenty-five years makes a difference. But I'll be Hawaii is still beautiful.

  9. Your honeymoon photos look very exotic to me, Linda. You made me laugh with your comments and the last sentence! But as I can see, your marriage has lived long enough to make up sufficiently for the limited knowledge of one another at the start of your marital life. :)

  10. Enjoyed the pics and smiled at your wrap-up. (But I felt for you too. I'm not a great swimmer and would have been desperately wishing for a pair of water wings if I'd been you.)

  11. Gorgeous, Linda! Love these photos!

  12. Petra - Our honeymoon WAS rather exotic. At least, I though so. Hawaii is a very special place, and I feel blessed to have been able to spend my honeymoon there. After 25 years, we're still learning about each other. :)

    Frank - Ah, a kindred spirit in the swimming department. When I realized that the only thing I had to hold onto was Doug and that I could drown both of us, I knew I had to get out of there fast. I'm not sure we've been swimming since. If we ever do, though, I'll keep those water wings in mind.

    Linda - Thanks kindly. Always good to hear from you.


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