We got up very early the next morning and did the famed ride down Haleakala Volcano. We got picked up from our hotel at 3:30 a.m., which was very early, but well worth it. What felt like a roller-coaster ride up the mountain/volcano took us there around 5:45 a.m., where we then waited outside in the freezing cold and wind. It was about 30 degrees at the top, but well worth it. We then rode the 24-miles down the volcano/mountain, which I think I pedaled a total of 7 times. It was awesome and definitely worth the early start to the day.
We then took a quick trip on Hawaiian Airlines over to Oahu/Waikiki Beach, all 28-minutes of the flight. We arrived into our digs [thanks again Uncle P-Dub, for sending me to Joplin all the time], and settled in at the hotel. We spent NYE playing our new favorite card game, spit [muchos gracias, Sarah], and had some champagne and other beverages to ring in 2008].
On the 1st, we made a visit to the Dole Plantation and saw how they grow pineapples. Pretty interesting. We each enjoyed some pineapple-esque delicacies.
On the 2nd, Scott and I attempted to play golf, but the rain did not allow it to happen. We made due, anyway; we got up early the next day and made a visit to Pearl Harbor, which was amazing and really eye-opening. After our quick trip, it was time to return Scott and Sarah to the airport...
For our remaining days, Steph and I visited the Honolulu Zoo, climbed to the top of Diamond Head Crater, and walked the beach. It was a very relaxing vacation and well worth it!
I am leaving tomorrow for Italy, so I will resume my blogging ferocity soon enough...