Jordan and I waited until February to take our two-week honeymoon, and by doing so we escaped snow’s clutches and basked in the warmth of California and Hawaii in the dead of winter. The day before and the day after our honeymoon were bookended by snow days, so our vacation was extended (in Northern Virginia)! Needless to say, our delayed honeymoon was timed perfectly– not only did we escape the cold, but our destinations were absolute bliss.
We started out our trip by flying to Los Angeles to see and stay with my best friend of nearly TWENTY YEARS. Anna drove us on the Pacific Coast Highway through mountains and valleys and later gave us a wonderful tour of the area, which included the Santa Monica Pier and a hike up to Griffith observatory for views of the city and the Hollywood sign. It was really great to see Anna and to slowly change gears into honeymoon mode. After a full Cali weekend, we were Hawaii bound! We had three islands to discover: Oahu, Kauai and Maui But I’ll let the photos tell the story. Mahalo and aloha!
Our short time on Oahu was mainly spent on North Shore beaches, but our next island adventure, in Kauai, we spent camping and hiking in the rawest nature you can imagine. Our remote settings off the beaten path paid off by deserted campgrounds in the middle of the most picturesque places. From the Grand Canyon of the Pacific and a seven-mile long beach to ourselves with views of the Napali Coast and the Forbidden Isle to the lively art town of Hanapepe, our love affair with Kauai is far from being over.
After five nights of camping, we decided to treat ourselves in Maui. We rented a studio apartment at the base of Haleakala Volcano so we could make it to the summit for the sunrise above the clouds. Our other accommodations included a cute stream-side cottage right on the Hana Highway, which we drove in its entirety (and beyond) and an oceanfront room at a resort in Ka’anapali, where we watched humpback whales breach from our lanai as the sun set between Lanai and Moloka’i Hawaiian islands. We snorkeled and Jordan finally surfed!