Mr. Jean of all Trades and I took a quick Hawaiian vacation recently. We left Seattle on a Thursday morning and came back on Monday. It was a long-long weekend. Probably too short in retrospect, but any time away is better than none.
It’s a five-hour flight to Honolulu, and that gave us the afternoon to wander through Waikiki, the busy, touristy part of the city. I was thrilled when The Pacific Beach Hotel upgraded us to an ocean-view room. Those little dots in the water are surfers waiting to catch a wave. The water seemed calm but every now and then, they’d ride a wave to the shore.
Hotels in Waikiki are pricy so I picked a less expensive, no-frills place to stay. It was clean and close to everything. That’s all we needed. This picture is of the hotel next door.
The beach was beautiful and it was a treat to see palm trees again.
The last time I saw any was in Florida last year, when I met up with my parents who were staying in Pompano Beach.
We savored the sunset and watched the ships along the horizon. It was hard to believe we’d been in Seattle that morning.
When the sun lowered, the glow was gone.
But it stayed light later than it does in Seattle this time of year.
Best of all, it stayed warm! We wandered the beach before heading off for a Valentine’s Day dinner.
I picked up this maxi dress at a clothing exchange this past fall. I jokingly said that I didn’t have anywhere to wear it but I’d take it for my next trip to Hawaii (not knowing I’d be heading there so soon)! We ate in an Italian restaurant where I found a delicious vegan pasta dish and a drink made with sparkling wine and hibiscus juice. Welcome to paradise!
Next up is our first full day on Oahu: Exploring Honolulu.