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October 15, 2009 in Hawaii

On Thursday, my first day of the vacation (I'd been working on Tuesday and Wednesday) we went snorkeling at Haunama Bay. It was Connie's first time to snorkel and it took a while for her to get the hang of it, but she persisted and we had a good time looking at the fish.

Since we were still mostly on Eastern time, it was no problem to get there early in the morning. I think we got there about 7:30. It was a good thing because by the time we left, there was a long line to get into the place - to watch the mandatory 7 minute video which basically said don't bother the fish and don't litter. If I had arrived and seen the long line, I'm not sure we would have made it to the beach - waiting in line to get to a beach - just nuts.

I guess the prices weren't too bad. I think $7.50 per person to get onto the beach and then $12 per person for the rental of the snorkeling gear.

She looks pretty good for having snorkeled and climbed a mountain!
After snorkeling for more than an hour, we'd had enough and headed for Diamondhead.

Its a .7 mile hike up to the artillery fire control observation posts on the ridge of Diamonhead. It was pretty exhausting but we made it. By that time, we had snorkeled and then hiked and Mrs. Boyd still looked pretty good in spite of the wear.

We stopped at McD's for lunch and it really hit the spot! See Food in Hawaii for more background on this food topic.

On the way back to the hotel, we stopped downtown and toured the Iolani Palace, looked at the State Capital building and walked through the mission church and mission houses.

After eating, we drove back to the hotel and then went for a walk on the beach (Ala Moana beach) and watched the sun set. It was cloudy on the horizon though and so, not worthy of photos.

We ate dinner at Todai Japanese Seafood Buffet, which is just next to the hotel. "Sushi" does sound more appetizing than "raw fish."