We made it to Hawaii! We are 100% aware that it would've made more sense to go when living on the west coast, but with vacation time used up visiting back east every year we just couldn't work it in our schedule. We had decided pre-pregnant me that we were going to take one last BIG trip. We tried going to Australia first, but there literally was nothing by way of flights using our points. We decided after that Hawaii would be a good choice. After I found out I was expecting I was relieved that Australia didn't pan out..that's a long flight and lots of outdoor excursions that at 6 months pregnant I couldn't have dealt with.
Our friends Dee and Jason from SD met us there and it was a fun and relaxing. The only thing I couldn't do was hike the Napali Coast, but I wasn't too sad about it honestly.
The weather was perfect throughout the trip - Chris didn't even burn! I was bummed that we couldn't see active lava flow, but we did get to climb on dried up crusty lava which was neat. Food for me was so/so and expensive, but the rest of the crew had some really good meals.
We got to see some amazing wild life, including Hammerhead Sharks from our snorkeling boat. That was fantastic! I also made a sea-turtle friend. I was determined to get to swim with them and read the guidebook and looked online for where they could be found on Kauai. Thankfully there was a little rocky beach on the side of the road not far from our rental that had one friendly guy just floating around. I was so excited I even let Chris take a picture of me in a bathing suit.