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Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Bucket List

With less than 3 months left in Hawaii, we have begun to scramble and get our Bucket List done.  A Hawaiian Bucket List is a list of all the things you have not done (thinking you have enough time to do them during your tour) that you feel must be seen and done before you leave the island.

Today it was Dan's turn to choose a Bucket List item.  He chose hiking (of course) and we headed off to hike to Manoa Falls.  The whole way there my kids were reading my mind...

"I want to go home!"
"I don't want to hike"
"No hiking, no hiking!"
"My legs hurt"
"I'm tired!!"

But to Manoa falls we went as I tried to put on a brave face and smile at my sweet and excited husband. 

After we arrived (in the rain, mind you) we headed onto the trail.  And for the first 20 minutes I felt a little sheepish.  The cloudy weather kept the trail cool and it was incredibly gorgeous.  The trail was pretty flat and I stopped now and then to take pictures of all the pretty scenes.

And then things started getting steeper and muddier.  And about 3/4 of the way up I was curising Dan and his hike.  I was convinced someone was going to the hospital today with a broken something or other.

Then I had an epiphany.  Hiking to me was like Christmas shopping to Dan.  There are some fun elements.  So many things that sound festive and delightful - like sales, hot cocoa and Christmas music.  All the things I love about Christmas shopping that Dan could, in theory, appreciate.  But the most prevalent thing to him about it is the traffic, and the lines and the parking lot full of crazies. 

Hiking is in theory, a fun thing to do.  I can say I am glad that I went.  It was beautiful.  There is so much of me that wants to enjoy it.  The sights were incredible and I was able to see beauty that most people dream of.  But really, I was wet and muddy and got bug bites. 

But in the end, it was a fun family adventure.  Not everyday can be Christmas shopping day.  And who doesn't smile when muddly little Brady looks up at you and says, "This is the best adventure I've ever been on!"


Caro said...

I love to hike - my husband not so much. It is gorgeous.

Gingers Mom said...

I like hiking in theory. Not so much in practice. I'll hike in the mall.