Hawaii - The first couple of days

Well here is my next blog. I am writing this from out on the lanai (balcony) on a beautiful evening. Just watching the parking lot below. No, not an ocean view, but still pretty good. It has been fun so far, Relatively relaxing and definitely different from the last time I was here (on our honeymoon 9 years ago). We now have a 4 year old daughter. Some things are still familiar, and some are new. I am experiencing things through her eyes and it is fun. My parents are also here and are going to re-new their wedding vows tomorrow. That should be pretty cool. I have never been part of something like that before. I am also the official photographer. Should be interesting. It is my wife's 40th birthday tomorrow as well. There is a lot happening on this trip. I just want to be here to take it all in and relax for a bit. Try to take my mind off work for a while. 

I love Hawaii. My wife has been here a few times before. This is my second time. We are staying in Kona on the Big Island. I would like to experience the other islands some day but from what I've read and heard from others, this is the place to be. It really is an amazing (and tiny) place in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. So much is going on and there is so much to see. And I am sitting here next to the slopes of the 3rd largest shield volcano in our solar system. Crazy.

So far we have been to the place of refuge, done some shopping and spent some time on the beach building sand castles and swimming. There is a lot more to see and do. Including some surfing. Can't wait!