Gidget Goes Hawaiian- Kauai & Aulani 8/2012 TR- 5/24 COMPLETE!!

Discussion in 'DVC Trip Reports' started by podsnel, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

    Nov 14, 2007
    Thanks, rosie- it was fun, other than sharks, I'm not afraid down there- it is so beautiful. Not sure I would do it at night, though- or in a cave- those things freak me out. Although, you can scuba with eel rays and giant mantas at night, so maybe I'd get over my fear for that!

    And the malasadas were hot and yummy- but they would have been SPECTACULAR filled with coconut creme....I'll know better next time we are there!
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  3. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    Birthdaypolluza? :rotfl2: Very funny, but I don't think I spelled it right! Glad you had a great ongoing 50th celebration. 50 is pretty liberating! I can, of course, speak from personal experience!

    More great pictures. I got a new computer (something you need..ahem...) and everything looks so fantastic. Better than ever!

    I am more and more convinced I need a trip to Hawaii! Thanks for the update!
  4. CRdisMom

    CRdisMom DIS Veteran

    Feb 12, 2008
    wow snorkeling looks grand, especially today when it is 3 degree F outside. lol does it seem claustrophobic or is it fairly freeing? I loved that you were the most buoyant--it means you must weigh less than all the rest :)

    Happy be-lated birthday ;)
  5. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

    Nov 14, 2007
    50 is very TIRING!!! I am exhausted! :rotfl:

    We did finally get a macbook pro- Tyler and Tim are enjoying it. Someday it will be my turn-

    Hawaii is sooooo worth the trip! Go!:thumbsup2

    Thanks! Many people don't scuba because they are claustrophobic- and I can see where if you focused on all the things that could go wrong, it could be very intimidating. I am usually too fascinated by what's around me to freak, though. And we only have gone 35 feet down, so nothing crazy deep or dark- you just have to remember not to rise faster than your bubbles do. Even with my buoyancy issues, that is pretty easy to do- just don't panic.

    And yea- that's it! I weigh the least! Timmy will be so pleased! :rotfl2:

    Thanks for the bday wishes!
  6. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

    Nov 10, 2008
    Happy birthday!

    The scuba diving looked really cool. Pretty funny that you couldn't stay down! I guess the upside is that you can tell everyone you don't need to lose any weight. You're already too light! :thumbsup2

    I will definitely check out the North Shore. Looks beautiful. And I'm glad you got to the malasadas! I had read about them and wondered if you'd make the stop. They look delicious (even without filling).
  7. dizneeat

    dizneeat DIS Veteran

    Apr 9, 2006
    Awesome update, Ellen!
    I am in awe with the snorkelling photos ... sooooooo cool! :thumbsup2

    Sorry about the "doughnuts" not being filled - I had a look at the website and they look yummy!!!!!!
  8. Misskitty3

    Misskitty3 DIS Veteran

    Aug 3, 2006
    Your dive pictures arde really cool!! What a fun experience!

    And...what a big box of malasadas! Sorry, they weren't filled....
  9. dvc4life

    dvc4life Disney is my Happy Place

    Sep 15, 2008
    Great update Ellen! The snorkeling photos are just awesome. What a wonderful experience for the whole family.
  10. saintstickets

    saintstickets DIS Veteran

    Aug 30, 2009
    Congrats! Turning 50...I remember those youthful carefree days of yore!

    That is hilarious about the buoyancy, but hey, I'll gladly take that on as long as I can breathe! Remember my scuba scooter experience! GASP!! :sad2:

    Great pics of Shark Cove. The North Shore is fantastic. We could have spent all of our away-from-Aulani time there. DD and DSiL are leaving Friday, December 14th and they plan on spending a lot of time there. This is the time of the year they have the pro-surfing competition with the 20-30' waves!

    Can't wait to see more of your TR!
  11. Wicket's Mom

    Wicket's Mom DIS Veteran

    Sep 21, 2009
    Good for you guys doing the scuba thing!:worship: I could never ever do something like that! I can barely swim & my biggest fear is drowning!:scared1:

    Congratulations on being 50, wow it's been awhile since I turned 50, heck my 50th anniversary will be in 3 1/2 years. Gosh my marriage is almost as old as you are!:eek: Now I feel really old!
  12. JKSWonder

    JKSWonder Twelve plus trips and counting

    Nov 25, 2008
    Love it!

    Not filled!!! Ack! I would find that to be such a crushing disappointment.

    On a side note, I have booked us on a DCL Fantasy Western for 8/16/14! :cool1: Hoping we receive no surprises with Mike's vacation pics that year and that we actually get to go! Thinking of visiting Nachi again (or perhaps Mr. Sanchos). This one stops in Falmouth, Jamaica. Never been, so I'll have to do some research on what, if anything, the kids and my Mom could do there.
  13. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

    Nov 15, 2009
    Great report, you guys are having such a great time!

    MAGICFOR2 DIS Veteran

    Nov 29, 2005
    Great scuba pics! It's like you did everything on MY wish list!:rotfl2: Now that you've tried it all out, I can get advice from you for our return visit. :upsidedow

    You all look really good posing in the sunshine with Ricardo!
  15. ACDSNY

    ACDSNY I love my job! I love my job! I love my job!

    Jun 14, 2005
    Another great update! We just came home from Aulani on Thursady night and I want to go back so bad.
  16. rndmr2

    rndmr2 DIS Veteran

    May 3, 2009
    Just found your latest update. Looks like you had a great scuba experience. I went once in St Thomas about 12 years ago and it was fun but I ended up with some issues with the ear popping and re-seating the mask/suction and my mask got flooded and they had to pull me out of the water! So it started out fun and ended up with a near drowning! LOL I can laugh about it now but it was scary at the time. You were lucky to get some great pics underwater.
  17. Beth D

    Beth D DIS Veteran

    May 28, 2011
    I'm glad to see I've not been the only one away from the DIS for a while...:rolleyes1

    Work's been crazy, but good! I ended up going out to LA for a week, and the time difference between there and Oh just killed me. 6 days and I never really did adjust. I don't know how I would manage in Hawaii. Oh well, more time in the ocean!

    But I did manage to sneak in a visit to DCA and Disneyland one night! Didn't get to everything, but did get to see Haunted Mansion and IASW all decked out for XMAS!

    Love the turtle pics, and I'm glad there weren't any sharks in the cove! I was thinking the same thing as Jen!:scared1:

    Happy belated 50th! You truly don't look or act it! :cool1: I hit the big 40 this past spring, and that wasn't too bad. Hope it's been a fabulous one so far!
  18. chepic

    chepic I tear up whenever I hear "Welcome Home." Some p

    Nov 28, 2006
    love the turtles and the donuts!!!! note to self, ask for filled!!

  19. knewton64

    knewton64 - May the luck of the Irish always be with you -

    Aug 20, 2008
    make SURE those donuts ARE filled!!;)

    Glad to see u r back -
    Love the updates.:goodvibes

    Say, gotta a Goofy ? & it's about wines.

    Q: What local SO CAL wines do you suggest would go great w/seafood?
    ....or what wines period.

    (my question is explained in more detail in posting #25 of my below listed blog, "My adventures n San Fran.....").

    Whatever help you be wud b mucho mucho appreciated.:worship:

  20. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

    Nov 14, 2007
    Yea- we had to try them- even without the filling, they were hot and yummy. But I REALLY wanted the coconut!

    They were still good- YOU would have LOVED them, being a crispy creme addict! :hyper:

    Scuba is great- we really should get certified- but then, I don't know if I really need to go down any deeper than I already have on these little dives-

    Thanks! It was a great experience for all of us- so relieved Tim was good with it, most of all-

    How did they like it? I would love to see those waves!!:banana:
  21. wiigirl

    wiigirl DIS Veteran

    Oct 29, 2012
    Great report! Love your scuba pics! :thumbsup2

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