On our second to last day in Honolulu, we hiked Diamond Head. Diamond Head was once part of the island's defense system and when we arrived, we actually saw some military personnel training. I can't believe they train in all of that gear in the raging Hawaii heat. They say to give about an hour and a half to get up to the summit, but it only took David and I about 30 minutes. They have a few stops you can make along the way and look into the crater.
The walk is on a rough trail and gets steeper as you go up. Eventually, we made it to some very steep, narrow stairs and through a dark tunnel. I think the older I've gotten, the more closed spaces scare me! There were a lot of very winded people at the top and I didn't see any AED's or anything. Just the nurse in me, but I was worried about what would happen if someone had a heart attack up there! (Although, I'm sure they had some type of equipment at the bottom of the trail...) At the top was the bunker. You had to literally crawl out from a small opening in the bunker to get to the rest of the walkway and up to the top! But once we were at the top, the scene was beautiful!
We had a fun afternoon of a doctor visit and picking up a prescription. We still have no idea what I'm allergic to, but my chest broke out in a nasty, itchy rash at some point while we were there. I just ignored it until it started creeping down my arms. At that point I figured I should probably do something about it. The doctor figures it was something I ate, but there's no telling what it was. I ended up with a topical steroid and a prescription for an oral steroid if I needed it. I did NOT want to go there and luckily I didn't have to- the topical worked in a few days.
Our "before dinner" pictures :)
For dinner that night, we went to a restaurant called Duke's. Duke was a "descendant" of the royal Hawaiian family and an international surfer! This was David's favorite restaurant. It's apparently a really hoppin' place because we had reservations and still had to wait 10 minutes to eat!
Before we left on our honeymoon, our neighbor told us that on her honeymoon, her and her husband picked out something special to bring home. Anytime they look at this, it reminds them when times are hard how much fun they had in the beginning. David really liked this idea so we were always looking for something special to bring back. We couldn't find anything we were over the moon about- until this night. After dinner we decided to walk around the city. The streets are always bustling with people and performers and the stores are open late. David had seen this lady earlier in the week and wanted to go back and check her out.