Thursday, August 26, 2010

On my way to Hawaii with no surfboards! WTF!

Note: Couldn't find any free WiFi in all the airports yesterday so I'm posting a day late, but I'm in Kona, Hawaii, having a blast!

I suppose I should explain the details of my last post. Here it is in a nutshell.

My closest cousin, whom lives in Portland, Oregon, went through the unfortunate event of breaking up with his girlfriend toward the end of last week. Timeliness was not good in this break up as he just booked a vacation for two with airfare, hotel and rental car to the Big Island of Hawaii. Rather than lose his money (non-refundable) and not go he invited me to drop everything and step in probably knowing I'm a good candidate for an adventure that should cheer him up. Yesterday was a blitzkrieg of madness with me basically trying to accomplish a weeks worth of work, planning, covering, packing and stressing all in one day. And on top of all that the feeling of sadness that I'm leaving Jenny behind on this adventure although we talked about it extensively and agreed I should seize the day.

So here I sit somewhere over southern Utah at altitude in route for LAX where I'll board another plane to KOA (Kona) in a few hours. My day started at 4 a.m. on 4-hours of sleep. Man, it's going to be a long day. I feel like it should be night time and it's still technically morning. I've traveled around the world on a ship, but the longest series of flights I've ever gone on in one day was a Eurotrip from Orlando to Boston to London to Vienna. Today is definitely going to rival that day. I've packed four cameras to fuel my shutterbug habit, a dive mask and snorkels (fins were too large for a carry on), lots of boardshorts (I definitely intend to find some waves), T-shirts, hiking shoes, Brooks Cascadia trail runners and that's about it. I just purchased a guidebook on Hawaii in the Salt Lake City airport. I had no time to research anything on the Big Island before I left and sadly, most of my knowledge of Hawaii comes from reading surfing blogs, magazines and such, which pertain mostly to Oahu or Maui.

Expect pictures!
Expect a good story!
Expect randomness!

Two cousins and life long friends are going to be on the loose in Hawaii!


  1. Hey! I'm on my way to the Big Island this weekend. I have no idea where to tell you to surf, but ask around over there and someone will point you in the right direction.

  2. You made the correct decision, you should take this chance...oh wait, you already did and are there...have fun!!!

  3. What an awesome opportunity. I'm sorry for your cousin's breakup, but I hope the two of you have a blast!

  4. Have a blast "big guy" - in life, we have to grab these opportunities and just run with it.
    I'm sure your cousin appreciates you making it happen.

    Enjoy and we expect surf pictures!!!!