This blog deserves a preface. The road was hard. It was hard on us physically (eating out all of the time, in a car at least two days a week for 12 hours or more each time, late nights, etc). It was hard on our marriage. (It sounds nice to be together 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, but seriously, it's not nice to be with anyone that often. The only place we had to go during a fight was the bathroom or the lobby.) It was hard on us spiritually. (Not knocking evangelists, but the same 12 messages, coupled with theology classes, don't exactly feed you spiritually over a 15 month time span, not to mention the lack of fellowship with believers who knew us and we knew them.) So, it was difficult.
I'm not, however, going to lie and say that there was not perks. There were... and that is what this blog is about, Most Remembered Perk!
This was a dream come true for me on so many levels. One of my bucket list items is to see all 50 states and 5 of 7 continents before I die. (I'm debating putting all 7 on there, afterall, it's a bucket list and they DO offer a cruise to Antarctica now.) I've been to Alaska previously, so visiting Hawaii knocked the other big one off the state list.
Not to mention I love, love, LOVE the ocean. It's beautiful, and it's big, and it reminds me how small I am, and it's mysterious, and it smells good, and it reminds me of warm weather, and oh, I just love the beach. I experience God when I experience the beach, and Hawaii, wow, they are islands, which means a LOT of ocean. Awww, did I mention I love the ocean? I do.
So, we got to go to Hawaii. We got to eat the food, immerse in the culture, hang out with the people, experience a desert and a rainforest on the same island, drive around cliffs where water was beating against the rocks we were driving on, awww, it was wonderful.
We were on the island of Molokai, deemed the most Hawaiian island, it has not been "commercialized" much... which was nice. We ate at one little Pizza place often, a little restaurant on the ocean a few times (beautiful), and at Subway (the only chain restaurant they have on this island), once. We also watched while the pastor ate an interesting little contraption, spam and rice wrapped in seaweed, which he bought from a gas station like we would a burger or something. Weird. We didn't try that.
It was beautiful. The flowers were gorgeous, the ocean was more than I could have ever dreamed, we visited a white sand beach and a black sand (volcanic) beach on the same day. Not to mention, church was amazing. Nice little building with four sets of french doors opened up to let the breeze in. No need for air conditioning anywhere.
We slept right on the ocean, and I swear we got attacked by bullfrogs every night. But it was wonderful.
And did you know that Hawaii has no snakes? Crazy, right? And when you go in and out of the state at the airport, they go crazy checking stuff.
I can't say enough about it, it was beautiful and wonderful and by far the biggest perk of the road.
Here are some pics to get my point across ;)
I had french toast at this particular restaurant our first meal that came out purplish / black. It had been soaked in an egg / guava juice mixture. It was amazingly good!
CBS Story Done in 2003
Molokai's Website About Kalaupapa