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
Now… what to do about this blister…
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