We got distracted on our way home, and we stopped by Bellows Air Force Station. They have cabins there, right on a beautiful beach. The younger kids all played on a really nice playground, and I decided that we should definitely come back to this beach, since it was so nice, but then we never made it back there. Oh well--next time!
Next we got distracted by the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps base. We decided to try to see what its beaches looked like, but we couldn't figure out where they were on our own. So Bob stopped a random walking woman, who gave us complicated directions to 2 different beaches including passing over 2 active flight lines ("just watch the lights--if they're flashing red, then don't cross"). We wandered around, and eventually we did miraculously find the beaches, but we certainly would never have stumbled on them on our own! I'm sure we would have seen the "active runway" signs and turned right around! The beach in the picture is one with bigger waves, better for surfing and bodyboarding. We weren't wearing swimsuits or anything, but we let the kids get out to walk on the beach. "Just don't get wet." Ha! Famous last words! Everyone got soaked (well not me or Drew. Drew stayed FAR away from the water, and he wasn't very happy about the sand, either.)
So eventually we arrived back at the C's house, wet, sandy, and tired! We all went to bed pretty early for the whole trip, since we tired ourselves out so much each day! The C's gave us 2 whole bedrooms all to ourselves, which was amazingly generous. Drew slept in a pack-n-play with us, and either Caleb or Jonathan slept on a twin trundle (they took turns). The other boy slept on the top bunk in the other room, Anna and Grace shared the bottom bunk, and Faith slept on a twin trundle. Micah also slept in there, in Marie's crib. Nathan and Luke slept downstairs in their garage/shed area with Eric on air mattresses. It was so wonderful to come back home from a day of hiking or sightseeing, and have a delicious dinner with good company, and then comfortable beds to fall into!