Aren't you just ready for summer? I had a small taste of it last month when I was in Hawaii for vacy, and now that higher temperatures have hit the Pacific Northwest, there is no stopping my quest for fun and sunshine!
I already posted some pictures of Pearl Harbor for you on Memorial Day Weekend, but here are a couple of early summer sights that we also enjoyed there.
Above is the view looking out at Kailua Beach, one of the best beaches on Oahu. The water there is really clear and at its neighbor beach, Lanikai, you can do some great snorkeling. I think Marley could find some SCUBA diving there, too.
Here's an amazing waterfall that I hiked to near Kailua. The hike was an hour straight up, but the swimming hole was a great reward for all the effort. And, it was also really cool hiking through fragrant woodland/jungles of native plants. I literally stopped on a red clay ridge to smell the perfume on the warm breeze.
I think that I'll have to return to that amazing island, but more than that, I think I'll go there in my mind whenever I need to visualize relaxation. So, yay, summer! It's here in force and couldn't be more welcome. All around town, people are coming out like blinking moles, donning shorts, and slathering themselves with sunscreen.
Has summer hit your part of the country yet?
And a second question -- what's on your summer reading list? I've got Jellicoe Road and The Sweet Far Thing in the cue. How about you?
NEVER CRY WEREWOLF - HarperTeen Sept. '09
THE CLEARING - HMH Graphia April '10