Monday, March 7, 2011

Oahu in Photos

I've been contemplating how to write about my trip to Oahu since I arrived home Sunday morning.

I could try to tell you about snorkeling in Hanauma Bay and glimpsing a sea turtle, or shockingly standing up during my first surf lesson, or tumbling out of a plane backwards over the North Shore and spotting whales off the coast during the freefall.

I could try to tell you about the amazing fish tacos at Sweet Home Waimonolo, or the all-you-can-eat babyback ribs at Tiki's Grill on Monday nights. I could try to tell you about enjoying my favorite beer, Kona Wailua Wheat, at the Kona pub in Honolulu as the sunset streaked pink through the sky on our last evening.

I could try to tell you how much ice cream I ate, but that would be nearly impossible. I'm not sure how many scoops of strawberry there are in a metric ton.

Today, Chris Guillebeau posted an entry on his blog called — I kid you not — Homecoming and the Adventure Detox. He wrote:
After your big adventure, you're looking forward to the homecoming. The adventure was fun and challenging, but toward the end you're ready for something familiar.
But then, just as you missed home while you were away, you start missing away while you're home... You want to share everything with the people you love, but even as you tell the stories, you realize there's an unresolvable gab between an experience and its retelling...
It doesn't make the memories any less special; in some ways they are more special as you realize they can't be easily reproduced for the world. Some things are yours alone to cherish.
It would be very difficult to write about my experiences in a way that would do them justice, and pictures are much prettier anyway. So here is Oahu in photos — at least the photos from one of at least six (!!!) cameras we took on this trip.

Please enjoy them in no particular order, and try to pretend I wrote something cool to go along with them. As always, click any photo to view a larger size.

(This photo of me is the only one that was not shot with my camera. Aaron took it with his super expensive/amazing/ridiculous camera and lens.)

Big props to Aaron for taking this midair shot. Amazing!

Just a monsoon little rainstorm at the Honolulu Zoo!


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  1. Beautiful pics Mills! You should post the rest on Flickr or something, I want to see them all!

  2. love your pictures, love your blog, i'm your biggest not-so-secret-anymore admirer.


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