When Terry suggested that we spend two weeks in Honolulu, I was a little dubious. After all, it is a big city, and there is so much more to Hawaii.
But, to my surprise, I am loving every minute. There is so much to do here – or you can do nothing but relax. And after many months of chasing elusive pronghorn and mule deer, it’s fun to watch the hoards of people of all colors, shapes, and sizes. Sun-drenched palm trees and sparkling water beat a freezing fog on the high plains any day!
High Plains of Colorado in December, 2013
But I came to Honolulu with a purpose! And that purpose was to get up on a paddleboard on Waikiki. I did it for the first time late last May, and I’ve wanted to do it again every day since.
Standing Up the First Time, May 2013
Yesterday was SUP Day for me! I have been “surfing” my bosu ball all winter long to improve my balance and reaction time. At about 7:45 a.m. Terry and I headed for Waikiki just a few hundred yards from our hotel. The first thing we noticed was the palms whipping around overhead.
Waving Palms at Waikiki
Oh-oh! Wind means waves. The Ever-Patient tried to talk me into taking a lesson another day. I almost wimped out, but then I went for it! And I’m so glad I did! I did way better my second time than my first.
My Instructor Chooses a Paddleboard
(Our pink Royal Grove Hotel is in the middle background)
Heading Out For My Lesson
SUP in the Waves
was doing the Herky-Jerky as a videographer!
I’m going to do a whole lot better in the future, starting with more of a fashion statement!
A little less intensity and a lot more relaxation might help.
I’ve got to think less like a voyager paddling a canoe loaded with furs and more like a Hawaiian standing up and riding the waves.
I’d like to be able to drag my own board out of the waves and up the sand, rather than being rescued by a helpful young man. Hummm – maybe being rescued should be my focus!
Until next time ...