We woke up early to see the sunrise.  The colors of the sunrises and sunsets on this island are spectacular.


After sunrise, Kurt and I hit possibly every beach on the way to the northern tip of the island.


We went to Shark’s Cove in Pupukea.  Shark’s Cove is a popular snorkeling destination on the north side of the island.  It also boasts very cool tide pools and smaller ecosystems.


We saw the beach where Lost was filmed, as well as the tree that was used on the cover of Jack Johnson’s album In Between Dreams


Street Art

Honalulu’s Kakaako district is a place where street artists worldwide demonstrate their talents. Every year, the urban art collective Pow! Wow! brings creatives from around the world for an art festival, including live mural creation.  The district is covered in beautiful colors and is truly a sight to behold.

Afterwards, we explored Honalulu outside of Waikiki and the beach.  Kurt knows many of the side streets and secret beach access routes.


One of my favorite parts of Hawaii is the ability to stop for thirty minutes and spend some time in the beach.  Traffic?  Pull off and hang out on a beach until it clears up.  Just got Poke and need a view while you eat?  Beach.  Feeling a little warm and need to cool off?  Beach.

Not a bad life.

Corruption-free zone

On our way out of Nairobi heading to Kenya, we saw a sign that read “You are now entering a corruption-free zone.”  It had smaller print that continued “accepting or offering bribes is a punishable offense.”

Much of Thursday was spent driving from Nairobi to Meru.  I was still tired from the two straight days of travelling, but excited to see the countryside along the way.

The landscape was mostly bright green, a remnant of the last rainy season.  I was bad at taking pictures, so all photo credit in this post belongs to my talented friend, Cindy.



We also saw some monkeys on the way, once at a restaurant we ate at called the “Trout Tree,” and again on the side of the road.IMG_3212.JPG


We soon after arrived in Meru.


After we arrived in Meru, we made our way to our hotel and got settled.