Location: Oahu, Hawaii
GO BRONCOS!!!! Well, kind of. I guess you have to root for one of the teams that’s playing in the Super Bowl, even if it’s not your go to team. How did you all celebrate? I was at home sick….again. That’s the life of parenthood. You’ll never be sick more times in your life then when you have kids. It’s all worth it though. And it gives me time to show you a bit of the different tours we did when we were in Hawaii. I think we got out and explored quite a bit and got in a good amount of touristy attractions. ***If you click on the pictures, you’ll actually see the full scale picture. I didn’t realize that only a portion of the pictures were being displayed.***
KUALOA RANCH JUNGLE/MOVIE TOUR
The Jungle Tour was one of my favorite attractions on this trip. It was only supposed to be the Jungle Tour but our Tour Guide, Ricky Bobby (how cool is that?!?!?!) was really awesome and gave us the Movie Tour as well. We got to see a lot of filming locations and it was really cool to compare it what we see on the big screen. That’s movie magic for you. A little tid bit that we got was that the Jurassic Park set stayed up because they are going to be filming another Jurassic Park. We also saw the pier that was connected to Drew Barrymore’s house in 50 First Dates, and….. I’m actually watching the movie right now and the pier with Turtle Rock is in the background! Nothing will ever be the same again.
SEA LIFE PARK
We came to the Sea Life Park for our Dolphin Encounter – You’re in the water with the Dolphin, get to pet it, kiss it, and dance with it – which was a part of the GoOahu pass. I didn’t know how cool it was going to be. I’m kinda grossed out when it comes to touching live sea animals but the Dolphin wasn’t slimy at all. It was rubbery, a little sassy, and really strong. Crazy strong! We also got to see the Wolphin – half whale, half dolphin. The pictures don’t do it any justice. It’s crazy looking!
The Dole Plantation was also on our GoOahu pass, however we didn’t know about it and bought the pass afterwards. So lesson in all of this is, BUY THE PASS! The Plantation was way on the other side of the Island and kind of in the middle of nowhere. I don’t think we did much other than the beach this day, which was fine because that’s what we wanted to do anyway. We didn’t see any pineapples on the Pineapple Express ride because they just harvested all the pineapples, so that was a bummer. I guess we should’ve called ahead of time to check, but whatevs. All about the experience. We got to see how coffee beans grow, and if you ever thought that pineapples grew on trees – well, think again. They don’t. I of course knew that (of course….). The history of the whole Plantation was pretty interesting too, so this was definitely a tour worth taking.
I’ll be posting a few more picture tours of our trip, so be sure to check back in. If you’d like to see more pictures of some of these places, then check on the Mince and Mingle Facebook page. I have the full albums posted there for your viewing pleasure. Until then, Aloha!