Finally Jeffrey could put his shoes on, so we went out to adventure once more and beach for a bit at a nice little not so crowded beach we had found a few days before. Now I finally had a my bathing suit on and a chance to use it… not only would I just see the ocean this would the first time I’d taste the ocean! Oh it was a lot of fun wading out a little and sitting on a rock and just letting the waves crash over you. I really enjoyed tasting the salt in my mouth and feeling it dry on my skin. Unfortunately we had a unexpectedly big wave wash over pretty much all of our stuff so we didn’t get a chance to really dry off because we realized we were burning… again. So we left. That night was a rough one for Jeffrey due to his burn, he experienced a thing called hell’s itch. Click the link to read a little and see how he felt then come back.
Alas we were stuck in our airBnB for the next two days because now he couldn’t get a shirt on. Imagine how great it is to be our honeymoon and you can’t even touch your husband without causing him pain. So we ate ice cream, played cards, and watched netflix. After trying really hard with the stuff we had on hand to heal up Jeffrey’s back as quickly as possible we managed to get out of the house once more. This time we went in the evening. We walked the tourist shop strip in Kona and bought some trinkets to bring home. A lady in one shop gave us shell necklaces with an “Aloha, thank you for visiting Hawaii”. We ate shaved ice cream once again and enjoyed our evening. THe next morning the sun dawned on our last full day in Kona. We went to a historic park that was so beautiful…. probably imported white sand… Definitely picturesque. Honestly I think that was the most intense waves a saw on our trip. It felt like you were to close and would be swept away as the wave crashed against the rocks throwing it in the air till it doubled your height, yet it never really reached you. It was really something you’d have to experience yourself to understand probably.
On our first full day out we found a historic park that we decided to check out. Hawaii was so humid so even a 1 mile hike felt pretty rough. By the end of our stay in Hawaii though I think we had started getting use to hot humid atmosphere. We pack a lunch and filled our water bottles and went to the information centre. After getting a map of the trails we saw a older Hawaiian Native playing his ukulele and singing. I went up to him and he asked us if we knew where we were on the map, after being impressed that I did know he told us a few stories about the park. There was a monument by us that he pointed out, “Don’t stay out after dark on the beaches around here.” he said, “that monument is to a state trouper that was killed by a homeless man while patrolling the beach at night.” Jeffrey and I just looked at each other and thanked him for the information. He then sent us off charging Jeffrey to keep me safe at all costs.
It was something we had already noticed in our short time in Kona, the amount of homeless people. It surprised me a little but when we went to another beach later on in the week I saw some old mats by a palm tree with a few bags around it. I assume Hawaii would be a nice place to be homeless because of the consistent climate, although you are pretty stuck there. I definitely feel as though we saw all the different sides of big island, the beautiful and the ugly.
We hiked the hot trails and made it to the beach. Saw a few sea turtles and set up our little picnic under a tree. We stayed a few hours just sitting watching a few men fish with nets, and the sea turtles swim around. I also got pooped on by a tropical bird, just thought I’d mention that.
Once home we realized that Jeffrey had burnt the top of his feet and the next day he couldn’t even get socks on. (Burns were a theme on our trip) So we stayed home and watched Netflix all day and didn’t feel bad about it. June 23 we waited till later in the day, to miss the hottest part of the sun, to go out. We went and explored Old Kona Airport Recreational Park and Beach. The thing I love about Kona beach’s is the black rock that juts out into the ocean. It is such a pretty contrast and so fun to walk around on. There are little tilde pools with crabs and tiny sea urchins in them!
Our favourite treat while in Kona was shaved ice at One Aloha. Their Konalime fruit flavour is the best! We went twice and they were so friendly and nice, and they even remembered us when we came the second time. So when in Kona check out One Aloha Shaved Ice co. :) another thing about Hawaii weather is that my hair went crazy! I have pretty thick hair and it takes a few hours for it to air dry here at home, I don’t think my hair ever fully dried in Kona. We put our swimsuits out to dry outside and they never fully dried till we got back to canada. I don’t like putting on wet swimsuits or having wet hair but you just worked with it. I basically had my hair in a top knot the entire time. Some fun little things about big island in June
I will do a few honeymoon posts and then when I get my wedding pictures back I will do a wedding day post! Okie dokie sounds good so lets get into the honeymoon trip story!
We decided to stay in Winnipeg one day before flying out Tuesday morning. Monday night I started throwing up. Not a fun way to start the honeymoon never mind flying and traveling! I was just dreading having to fly while being sick but thankfully it ended up only staying for about five hours and then I managed to sleep most of the night. It was a great test for newly married Jeffrey and humbling for newly married Regan. I am so proud of him, he stuck by me and served me in ways I would never ask anyone too while I am sick. He definitely earned points very early on with that. ☺️
After a solid 36 hours of being Mr. and Mrs. Holm we were in an airport waiting for our connecting flight to Denver. I was really looking forward to flying again, yet still hadn’t eaten anything since lunch the previous day, needless to say caused me to feel pretty crumby. Everything went so smoothly with traveling and lay overs and delayed flights that I really have nothing to tell! I got my first ever look at the ocean from an airplane taking off from LAX. SO BEAUTIFUL! Love to look at the ocean! We took off from Winnipeg around 9 am CST and we landed in Kailua Kona at around 8 pm HST. Don’t be fooled though, it was a long day with three connecting flights and the longest layover only being 4 hours… we travel about 36 hours. We were so tired when we landed in the beautiful open air Kona airport that I almost didn’t notice that there really wasn’t a roof to the airport, and that we were walking outside to baggage claim.
After a taxi ride with a taxi driver who just could NOT understand why we would get a AirBnB when there were so many nice resorts, and was a fairly aggressive driver, we made it to our home for the next ten days. The adorable basement suit in a suburb of Kona over looking the Kona airport. To tired to really notice anything we dropped into bed. We were awakened the next morning to probably four or five barking dogs, which turned out to be a daily occurrence. We got ready for the day and realized we had 4 eggs and we also didn’t have transportation. Jeffrey figured out a rental car and we urbered to pick it up. Definitely felt very adultish getting taxis and Ubers and rental cars (which side note, its not easy to find rental companies that will rent out cars to anyone under 25 so we went to a one on one car rental app were we actually rented someones car. I am pretty sue we avoided some paper work. 100% props to Jeffrey for finding that app).
We picked up our car and went to Target!! Oh how I missed Target my friend! We got groceries to last us the next while and save us money on eating out all the time. It was so nice actually just having meals at our little house, we didn’t have to pick places to eat or through out a bunch of money we didn’t have, and we really just enjoyed being together and completely relaxing.
Wow seriously the past three weeks have just flown by! I got married, I traveled to an amazing honeymoon destination, and have now started setting up my home! It was so nice to recharge, refocus and come back ready to go (ignoring the jet lag). Ugh guys I miss flying so much!! It was so fun getting back up in the air again, even though I wasn’t in control it was still great to fly.
There are so many things that I want to tell you, so I think I will do a wedding post and a honeymoon post or two in the coming weeks so you guys can take that journey with me too. It was a lot of work and I never want to plan a wedding again but I love the outcome! Marriage is sooo nice (says amateur little me who’s only been married three weeks ;P) but honestly I love it! It so much fun having a person to do life with that is just as committed to the relationship as you are. I’m very blessed by Jeffrey and his love for me.
So we are in the awesome stage of setting up a home. Although we are only renting for now we still to make this little trailer on the prairie feel like a home. It has always been my desire that my home be open and hospitable so I am doing my best to make it organized and homey. Who knew that taking two people and putting them together would bring so much stuff together too! We both didn’t even have houses, just bedrooms! So we are trying to sort out that currently. I am enjoying playing homemaker and brainstorming for organizing and decorating.
We got two kittens, we will see if they stay on the yard. Noma and Sparkle (I didn’t name them and don’t ask how they got their names.) We are pet owners which I like, its fun having animals around to entertain you! They hopefully will work and keep the mice down around here, because that is the main reason we got them. I have always grown up with animals and cats are super easy to take care of. So thus we jump right into adulting!
I think thats all I’ll write for this post. I am really itching to tell you about our wedding and honeymoon so it’s super hard not to add things in this post that will take away from that when I get to write those posts. Definitely some fun posts coming in the near future!