For our honeymoon, Karen and I wanted the perfect mix of wild adventure (read: getting drunk in the woods) and serene relaxation (read: getting drunk on a beach). We envisioned long days of hiking on the ridge of a fiery volcano, snorkeling in exotic waters with deadly marine life, sea kayaking fierce waves in the Pacific Ocean, horseback riding wild stallions in forgotten river valleys, and surfing large waves on some of the world's most beautiful beaches. All this topped with evenings of gut-stuffing dinners of fresh seafood, washed down with local wines, followed by sitting in a hot tub under the moonlit sky, drinking vodka mixed with the freshest of exotic juices. And beer, lots of beer.
The obvious choice was Hawaii. A far-off exotic land with everything we could hope for. And, we wouldn't t have to journey there by canoe.
Plus, it's f_ _ _ing Hawaii.
We had two weeks of incredible adventures and laughed in the face of death on several occasions. We hiked active volcanoes at Volcano National Park, we snorkeled with a sea turtle nicknamed "Volkswagen", we rode on the backs of wild stallions in Waipio Valley, we sea kayaked the bays of Kona, we did it all. The greatest and most terrifyingly fun thing on the list was zip-lining 450 feet in the air over Akaka Falls with Skyline Eco Adventures. The zip line course was on a banana plantation and we feasted on fruit fresh from the tree.
Being more courageous than myself, and having a complete disregard for her iPhone, Karen took this video of the death-defying run:
Considering the fact that, in this relationship, I am the life-long Boy Scout with an extensive background in television production, I probably should have offered my wilderness survival skills and broadcast expertise to shoot the video. I could have used my professional know-how to perfectly frame the shot and maybe capture the natural light as it glistened off the falls while slowly panning to the ground so far below, sharing with the viewer the shear terror that ran through my veins as certain death was a mere cable snap away. But, I probably would have dropped the phone.
And seriously, she took an amazing video and it is one of my favorite memories of our journey together.