Family travel is meant to be a time of connecting, resetting and just getting back to the person you were made to be. We have been planning this trip to Hawaii for more than a year, and those recipes were and are a part of our formula for a vacation.
However, those items are not the end all for this family. We are all exercising with earnest.
I am running a lot, and who wouldn’t, with these views?
I am up before the rest of the condo is moving and have set expectations about distance, course, pace and even nutrition before and during the event. We are at the halfway point of the trip, and I already have three runs in. I even competed in and won a race the first full day we got here.
In addition, both of the boys have found gyms and have gone to work out. They are dressed the part, as they look like gym rats, and will have stories to tell of the gym on the real other side of the country.
This fitness mentality changes what your eyes see as you view the island. Most families see volcanos, sea turtles, whales and sunsets. Those are all beautiful, but incomplete in their ability to make good extended memories for this bunch. I see a community addicted to cycling and a community where long distance running is as common as Key Lime Pie is in the Keys.
“Ahhh, I could live here!” my wife says. Our condo has no AC unit, and it doesn’t really need one, either. She loves pineapples, fresh fish and the laid back life.
I see the pineapple, but I see the bike lanes everywhere. I see all the long climbs and crazy descents available to me in the middle of the island. I see the ability to run with a group of people, my age, with similar drives.
Before deep sea fishing, yesterday AM, I did a run on Alii drive, home of the final run of the famous Ironman race. I am not a swimmer, and my desire to get into swimming is near zero, but lots of folks who ARE preparing for the Ironman are visible up and down that road.
The kids see snorkeling and ice cream on one side of the road. I see beautiful trail runs on the other to go along with their sightings.
For souvenirs for the kids, I buy Alex a running singlet that says, “Run. Big.” It references this location’s fame as the Big Island. We are all taking pictures and throwing them up on Facebook, like the social family we are. We are all on the phone with friends, talking about the trip and enjoying our time here.
Just look at what I see, as I type this!
Beautiful, even if you don’t include the scenery!