Spa Day

On Thursday Michael and I started our day with a short run in the neighborhood.

After that we packed up for the beach. This time we went to Hapuna Beach. It was a really beautiful beach but unfortunately the waves were really really big so no swimming. 🙁

The lifeguards even put up warning signs while we were there. I was a little bummed I didn’t get to swim. I did go in the surf and get wet a bit (and lost my sunglasses to the sea!)

Huli Huli Chicken

Then we all drove to Waimea to get lunch. When my dad was in Kona 20 years ago he remembered the huli huli chicken and has been talking about it ever since. So we found a food truck, GJ’s, and had the most amazing lunch!

Michael and I shared a combo plate of pork ribs and huli huli chicken with rice and the best macaroni salad I’ve had yet! Lunch was SO good! Definitely worth the drive.

Spa Date

Michael and I got to have a date night. First we went to Mamalahoa Hot Tubs and Massage. It was a little south of downtown Kona.

It was so cool! It was in a little jungle and they had tiki huts with salt water hot tubs that were private.

We soaked for 40-ish minutes and then it was time for massages!

The massages were outside in a hut. It was so relaxing and I could hear the Hawaiian birds and the wind in the palm trees. It was heavenly.

Then we went to dinner in downtown Kona at Huggo’s on the Rocks. We went to the bar because the restaurant was full and had a wait but the bar was practically empty and it was also on the water, so it wasn’t really any different than the restaurant side!

I had my first Mai Tai of the week! I’d been dying to have one. It was SO good. Then they brought us some Hawaiian foccaccia bread that was to die for.

I got the ahi tuna appetizer with avocado and cabbage and then sweet potato chips on the side. It was absolutely amazing!

Then I got the tomato, Maui onion and burrata salad. It was so delicious. Michael got the lobster! We also had parmesan cheese bread. Too much bread honestly. But it was all so delicious.

Our table was right on the rocks with crashing waves and it sounded heavenly. It was such a nice time. I had a pina colada too!

My favorite. I was definitely a little drunk off my two umbrella drinks 🙂 and STUFFED from all the food but it was divine. Then we headed back to Waikoloa Village (slightly scary drive in the pitch blackness). Michael drove and I tried to stay awake. LOL I slept like a rock when we got home!

On The Lake

I had the pleasure of a girl’s weekend with my bestie, Rachel! Last year we rented an Airbnb on the water in Shelton (very remote, very peaceful). This year we rented a place on Lake Steilacoom in Lakewood, Washington. It’s between Olympia and Tacoma. I’ve honestly never been–I’ve just seen signs off the freeway. 😉

The place we rented was the basement apartment of a house right on the lake.

I arrived a little before Rachel on Friday afternoon and after unpacking, I sat outside in the sun and read my book next to the lake. It was peaceful and quiet and beautiful.

When Rachel arrived we got some food at the nearby Trader Joe’s and then cooked dinner while catching up. We made goat cheese ravioli topped with Autumn Pumpkin Alfredo sauce–sounds a bit weird but it was tasty! Not too overpowering in either direction.

We drank wine, we talked late into the night, we ate the homemade popcorn the owners gave us and then went in the hot tub. It was a really nice, relaxing evening!

Saturday we both slept in (amazing!) had breakfast and lots of coffee:

And then I went for a run. The place we rented was right on the water and the neighborhood was very nice, but the streets were narrow and windy and not safe to run on. I asked the owner if there was any where I could go and she recommended Fort Steilacoom Park.

Apparently it’s a nice place for all kinds of activities and when I showed up there were tons of people doing stuff. There was some kind of event going on, then there was a soccer tournament and there was a huge dog park area, which looked cool.

There were a bunch of trails. I ran on the gravel/dirt trails a bit until I found the paved path:

It was a beautiful fall day, slightly crisp but not too cold. The sun was out, the leaves were turning. The paved path went around the lake and it was flat and clean and very nice. There were lots of other walkers, runners and bikers. It kind of reminded me of Greenlake in Seattle.

 

It was a nice run. I felt pretty good. I wasn’t in a rush, either, just enjoyed the scenery. Rachel was going to the store to get a few things and she said no rush, so I looked around a bit and found a cool old ruin:

I did a little more running and then headed back to the car. I did just under 3 miles and felt great!

I stretched and then drove back to the house (about a mile or so away), showered and then we kicked back with Pandora tunes and played board games a bit. Then Trader Joe’s honey goat cheese on crackers and some soup for lunch. We played a few rounds of Ticket to Ride.

Then chick flicks on Netflix! We decided to order takeout for dinner and picked up Italian food at Casa Mia. It was pretty close to where we were staying, so that was nice. Rachel got the mushroom risotto and I got spaghetti noodles with pesto and Caesar Salad. The portions were pretty big so we had lots of leftovers. It was a weekend full of carbs!

Then more hot tub time:

And bed. Sunday I hit the gym and then drove home to Portland. It was a fantastic weekend! I really needed the girl time and time to catch up with Rachel (and time to relax and do NOTHING) but I was feeling a little homesick. I missed my boys! I got home just in time for Logan to wake up from his nap!

It felt good to be home. 🙂