Friday, December 16, 2011

Hawaii: Lava & Snorkeling

Since the Big Island is the most recent, and still active volcano there is lava everywhere. It is fascinating! We saw lava tubes, fields, etc. all over the island, then went to the active volcano and saw other, freakier, looking things like this lava vent:
Another amazing experience we had there was snorkeling - not just because of the beautiful fish, but we actually got to swim with dolphins! In the wild! In this picture below you can see my mom's blue fins, and Ryan's green snorkel, and the dolphins right beyond where they are. I can't really describe just how much fun/how amazing this was!
Sean and I watching the others snorkel
We rented a boogie board with a window in it and both kids enjoyed seeing some of the beautiful tropical fish. And they looked pretty cute on the board :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hawaii: Beaches

We just got back from a week long vacation with my parents to the Big Island of Hawaii. It was GREAT! The kids had a blast, especially on the beaches. Here are a few photos of our beach excursions throughout the week:
We seriously had about 1,000 pictures of Sean doing this:
All in all the beaches on the Big Island treated us royally. Stay tuned for some pics of lava and snorkeling!