Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday! I hope that y’all have had a great week since we last joined together to share photos. It’s been busy here with the wrapping up our first full week of school with students. I won’t lie – the last few days have been rough. I teach in a classroom for students with emotional/behavioral disorders, and our students have been pushing boundaries and buttons left and right. All of that means that I really needed the calm of this week’s photos from Waikiki.
When we were thinking about what we wanted to do while we were in Hawaii, we decided early on that we wanted to do a sunset sail/cruise. It just seemed like such a beautiful way to spend a few hours. Once we decided that we definitely wanted to go for a sail, the question became what boat to sail on. There are several catamarans that leave out of Waikiki beach. Some of the trips include “complimentary” drinks with their prices. We considered that, and then we started reading reviews.
I don’t know about y’all, but at the ripe old age of 40, I’m past the need and/or desire to guzzle weak drinks made with cheap booze and too much sugar. If we are being honest, I would say that I may never have had the need to guzzle weak drinks made with cheap booze. Drinking was never a taboo thing in our house, so I never thought that I needed to consume all the cocktails. Except maybe those first couple of times on Bourbon Street. I can’t remember now 😉
With that in mind, we elected to sail with the Mana Kai catamaran. It’s a smaller boat that doesn’t serve drinks, but you are allowed to bring your own cocktails with you. It had great reviews, and we were very excited to be heading out with them. The crew was great, and they were very attentive. I think they were a little concerned that the Sner and I weren’t having a good time as compared to our fellow sailors. It just so happens that the folks who were sailing with us had been in Hawaii for three weeks chaperoning high school students. They had also been taking their students out with guys on the Mana Kai for three weeks, and they were ready to cut loose.
I don’t know about the Sner, but I didn’t really care what the other folks were doing. For me, the draw was taking photos, and I managed to do that in spectacular style. I can’t tell you how many photos I started with, but I know that by the time I was done editing and culling the obviously bad shots, I had 146 photos for almost three hours of shooting.
I loved being out on the water. I think that maybe I was meant to be on a sailboat. There is something so comforting and relaxing about being out there. When you combine it with gorgeous scenery, life doesn’t get much better. We also enjoyed our pineapple wine.
Our crew set out lines to hopefully catch their supper but didn’t have any luck.
We were blessed with a rainbow while we were out. There’s something a little amazing about getting to see a rainbow in Hawaii. It’s such a stereotypical thing, I think – you see all the pictures with rainbows and you cross your fingers hoping that you’ll get to see one too. What you don’t realize is that rainbows are almost a given in Hawaii. When you see one, you still feel blessed. (I got to see two – one during a pretty miserable sunrise shoot. I’ll be sharing that next week)
While the scenery was beautiful, when the sun sets, the magic really starts to happen. It wasn’t truly a sunset sail because we were back on the beach around 8:00 or so. That was actually OK because there was still enough light that I didn’t have to worry about potentially needing a tripod. Hand-holding my camera was just fine.
I hope you enjoyed the sense of calm these Photo Friday photos have brought me. After the stress of the last week, I know that I certainly have. How do you unwind or deal with the stress of your life? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! That you are here with us is exciting for me, and I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week! Thanks for joining us and supporting each other.
Our most-viewed link came from Lydia at Where the Wild Things Were who shared some observations of love in nature and art.
Our final entry last week came from Sarah at 2 Paws Design who shared her little’s puppy check-up practice. It’s too sweet! If you missed it – or any of the other awesome photos added later in the weekend, make sure you stop by and check them out!
And now it’s finally time to take a look a what you have this week! Come join us!