August 20 - September 4, 2008

Our first year anniversary and belated honeymoon started in Kauai, a land of wild mountains and feral chickens. Maui was a bit more touristy and we spent a few days finishing our scuba diving certification. Lanai was probably our favorite: truly private beaches and surprisingly diverse environments made for an excellent place to camp. Big Island was very laid back and we experienced some extreme altitude changes: from diving with manta rays 40 feet below the surface of the ocean to gasping for air atop Mauna Kea at 13,800 feet above sea level. Hawaii is probably the only place I have ever wanted to move to.