Year 3! This year’s trip was a bit more wet than usual but still gave me much needed sun and warm weather. The thing with rain in Honolulu is that it comes and goes. It’ll pour for 5 mins and the sun will come out. As expected… Maki no showed.
Back to our regularly scheduled programming. This is year two to see if Maki will put some effort into her friendships or if she really just uses people. Obviously, with the pandemic, I didn’t expect her to go in 2021 when I can’t even get there. We’re finally able to travel again so I went on my annual trip to Waikiki, setting aside a few hours for Ruth’s. To be honest, I don’t even care if she shows up anymore but I said I would and I always follow through. Fun estimate… if she used me for an average of $5k a year… over 20 years, that’s $100k… like I said, it’s not about the money, it’s that she never does anything in return. She told me she would bake some cupcakes for my mom when she helped alter some of her shirts. Yah, my mom never got any cupcakes. She just takes…
So today, I woke up a bit late… it’s strange how people wake up so early here and the town is practically dead by 8pm. I got up at 2pm today hoping to make it out to Diamond Head crater but after going to two wrong bus stops I finally made it. Unfortunately it was too late to get up the crater, they don’t allow people up past 4:30 so I had to turn back and go back to the hotel. The blister is holding out okay for now. Tomorrow…. off to the aquarium. I’ll catch the crater another day when I go up for the tour.
I decided to go to the Honolulu Zoo today and I got a big blister on my heel because I decided to walk there. I made a stop at Waikiki beach and take some pics. First thing I noticed about Kalakaua Ave on my way to the zoo was how much it was like Vegas without the casinos. I see expensive big name shops everywhere. I dunno if that’s for me, I went to Hawaii for some tropical relaxation but I found that everything is easily ignored with the warm weather, palm trees and clear water. The Zoo was rather interesting because I haven’t been to one since I was a child when the Stanley Park Zoo was still around. Kinda sad since the Greater Vancouver Zoo is a 45 min drive away. I didn’t get to see the Lion or the Cheetah because they were hiding in the shade but there were plenty of other animals that I haven’t seen before like the ostrich and the giraffe. I have to say that the cutest thing I saw there was the klipspringer, it’s basically a cuter smaller mountain goat…. and the meerkats
Here’s a few pics I snapped while out on the first day. I arrived later than I thought due to a delay in Vancouver. Got on my plane and had to wait for almost an hour because they thought they’d be nice and deliver a part for a plane in Honolulu so I had to wait for the thing to clear customs. I checked in at roughly midnight. Walked out and grabbed a mahi mahi tuna sandwich and went to bed.
The time zone change was strange, I thought I had slept in pretty late but it was only 10am. This being the first day of eight, I figure I’d just take it easy and get a feel for the place. I went out for a few hours, walked to the Ala Moana Center to have a lunch of ice cold ramen. It was pretty hot out there, roughly 25 degrees so I thought it was refreshing. Afterward, I took a stroll to Waikiki beach for a bit and grabbed a 6 pack on the way back. I got back to the hotel at 4pm because I figured they would show the Olympic opening ceremony live but no, it wasn’t on til about now… 8pm… oh well