Countdown to Hawaii, the beaches!

Here we go, the beaches of Oahu! We’re getting closer and closer to my trip to Hawaii! Needless to say, I haven’t been this excited for a trip in ages. One of the best parts of the trip will be hanging out on the beach! Here are some of the beaches I plan on visiting while I’m there. This is not an all-encompassing list, but the ones I plan on for sure visiting!

Have you been to Hawaii? What is your favorite beach?

Waimea Bay
Waimea Bay – North Shore
waimanalo beach
Waimanalo Beach – Near Honolulu Area
Lanikai Beach
Lanikai Beach – Kaiua
Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
Ala Moana Beach Park
Ala Moana Beach
Laniakea Beach
Laniakea Beach
Turtle bay Haiwaii
Turtle Bay Beach
Makapu'u
Makapu’u Beach

Countdown to Hawaii! The Hikes!

Here is another Hawaii post! It’s only 24 days away?! Crazy it’s so close. Anyway, this post is dedicated to the hikes I plan on to make!

Diamond Head Crater

Diamond Head

I’ll be staying in Honolulu, so hiking Diamond Head is a must! Diamond Head is located right near Honolulu. It’s not a long hike, and only 520 feet in gain, compared to some others I’ve done, this is cake. The views from Diamond Head are the goal, and I can’t wait to share those!

Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail

Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail

This trail is located near Honolulu as well, a bit longer, 3.3 round trip and 1220 feet in gain. The views from here are gorgeous, there is a lighthouse as well. The entire trail is paved, but no shade!

 

These are my only two planned hikes at this point, I have a lot of other things planned, I don’t want to only hike the whole time. My next post for Hawaii will feature some of the beautiful beaches I plan on sitting my butt down on and enjoying the waves.

My Trip Home From Indy

I told you I’d share about my trip home! Since my flight was booked last minute, I booked Sunday for travel Friday, I didn’t have the best flight options. I needed to get from Indy to Syracuse, and there is never a direct flight between the two. Usually one stop, but this time, I had two.

My Lift arrived at 3:15 AM to take my to the airport, I’d never traveled out of IND before, and had no clue what to expect. Let’s just say, there wasn’t much. Nice airport though! Got there about 4 am for my 6 am flight. There was a security line – with 3 people in it. Needless to say, I was through that quickly.

Headed to my gate, where there was a restaurant right across the way. I was able to have a decent sit down break fast, taking my time. I felt with Delta, and had upgraded to their Comfort+ seating, so I was able to get on the flight pretty quickly.

Fly Over NYC

I genuinely enjoy Delta, and flown them the most in my adult life. No issues with them on this day. The flight took off and arrived in

Boston – my first layover, without incident.

My next flight didn’t leave until noon – yes – noon. I had a couple of hours to kill, I read my book, had a bagel, and finally got to board my next flight. A Delta Shuttle flight headed to La Guardia in NYC. This was the best flight, for the views. I also didn’t have anyone sitting next to me, in a comfort+ row at that!

The views leaving Boston and arriving to NY were the best. Here’s a couple videos and some great shots! Check out the US Open too!

 

Fly Over NYC
Fly Over NYC

Then, the last flight was just as uneventful, my final flight into Syracuse. It did take off about 30 minutes late. And was also one of the smallest planes I’ve been on, we had to take a bus to the plane on the tarmac…

But overall, a decent day of flying, even though I was running on an hour of sleep!

I’ll be hiking again this weekend, as well  as next week! Stay tuned!

Indianapolis!

So, as I told you, I went to Indianapolis! On Monday, I drove out there with my brother. He is staying there for the summer while interning in the city. He was headed back, and I had the week off, so why not?! I flew home Friday. So Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I was able to explore!

Tuesday I headed into the city pretty early, but went to The Yolk for breakfast! It was delish and they were super fast. Since I was solo, I appreciated their breakfast bar area. Perfect for eating alone! (And it not looking weird, not that I even cared.)

I’ve never been to Indy before, so I took advantage of the Lucas Oil Stadium tour. Lucas Oil Stadium is the home of the Indianapolis Colts, one of the NFL teams. The tour was about two hours long, and you got to see many different parts of the stadium! We started up top, at the press box, down to different suites, and then down to the locker rooms. It was a great experience to say the least! And we ended the tour by walking on the field! Though I am not a Colts fan, it was a great experience. Any sports lover should check it out!

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Wednesday I took advantage of the Pacers Bikeshare! What is that? It’s a bike sharing program in the city. There are 20 – 30 bike stations around the city, it was $8 for day and there were no extra charges as long as your trips were under 30 minutes. Indy has a lot of trails through the city called The Culture Trail, perfect for riding on!

I biked about 10 – 15 miles total. I rode almost the entire Culture Trail, and through the city. Indy is a beautiful city, and it felt so much smaller than it really is. They have a canal on the western side of the city, perfect for a stroll – or a bike ride! I must have rode that 5 times. (I had a lot of time to kill!)

That evening I went to the Indiana Fever WNBA game, that is where my brother is interning! Also a great experience. I enjoy all kinds of sports, so I loved the opportunity to go, second row seats too!

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Finally, Thursday, my brother and I headed to Bloomington! Ohio State was playing Indiana at home in football – the first game of the season. Ohio State is ranked 2nd, so it was going to be quite the game! Sadly, IU lost, but what an experience. I’ve never been to a college football game besides Syracuse, so it was really neat to see a larger school playing a ranked team.

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I also had a long day of flights, I’ll save that for the next blog!

Adirondack Hike: Baker Mountain

Well, I made in on the hike! Wasn’t difficult at all, compared to the last one! We did Baker Mountain, located in Saranac Lake, NY. This is one of the Saranac 6, the shortest and easiest. My dad and I didn’t start up the mountain until about 2:40 in the afternoon, but it didn’t take us long. I honestly think we will go back to this one in a few weeks – the views of the leaves will be gorgeous.

The mountain summit is just under 2500 feet, and its about 850 feet in elevation gain up the mountain. Only .9 miles to the top, about 1.5 down when you do the longer end of the loop. There was only a couple of spots to see anything, the summit was heavily wooded, so you had to find little paths to get out to some rock ledges, where I was able to capture some great shots.

Next up? I’ll be doing Azure Mountain with my work group in under two weeks. As for the blog, I’ll post soon about my Indy trip!

Check out all the photos here! And here are some faves:

Baker Mountain - ADK - September 2017
Baker Mountain - ADK - September 2017
Baker Mountain - ADK - September 2017
Baker Mountain - ADK - September 2017

I Took a Trip To Indy

So, I had this week off from work. Originally, I had nothing planned. On Sunday, my birthday!, my brother was home from Indianapolis, and was headed back the next day. So, I went with him! We drove out on Monday and I flew home yesterday, Friday.

I had a lot of fun, and I got to see a city I’ve never been too! I have lots of fun things and photos to share about my trip. I’ll post some more about the trip and different parts of it, like the things to do in in Indy!

As for my healthy eating, I did try my best to eat healthy – which is not always easy while traveling. I’m sure I gained this week, but it’s okay! I’ll just keep going at it, I’m almost at 6 months of weight watchers and tracking EVERY DAY!

Oh, and today is ONE MONTH UNTIL HAWAII! (Crazy right?!)

And today I’m off to hike a mountain – lots of posts to come!

Hawaii! 38 Days To Go!

I cannot believe we’re already under 40 days!! I get more and more excited every day. Perioducally, I’ll look for a better deal on a hotel. The hotel we booked, the Park Shore Waikiki, has nothing wrong with it! But if I can find a better deal somewhere – I’ll take it!

And I found one!

We changed our hotel reservations to the Grand Waikikian! It is a bit more than we were spending before, but the room and hotel are amazing. We booked a 2 Bedroom Oceanview Suite with a balcony. Instead of two adjoining rooms, we will be able to have a mini apartment basically.

The hotel itself is part of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, which has two hotel towers as well as a third hotel tower with just timeshare units.

The room also has a full kitchen as well as a washer and dryer – perfect for the early mornings we’re going to have before heading off for the day!

Hilton-Hawaiian-Village-Lagoon

The main photo for this blog is one of the pools at the hotel, the one right above this is the lagoon located between the hotel and the beach. It’s by far going to be the fanciest hotel/resort I’ve stayed at – and I cannot wait.

So only 38 days to go! I can’t wait to share my adventures and experiences. There are a couple more excursions I want to write about, such as Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head as well as other hikes.

I’ve bought 4 new bathing suits for this trip – perfect after losing some weight!