Last week, I cashed in a whole bunch of credit card miles and flew a long, long way to see one of my best friends, Julie, one of my Betties, in Hawaii. This is her second time living there as her husband is a Colonel in the Army and they are stationed there for their second stay. I can not deny, I was extremely anxious about going. I was nervous about the looooong flight (11 hours from NY, but at least it was a direct flight) and being away from my family for so long. I left in tears. I was in tears when I got on the plane. About half way through the flight I decided if I was going all this way and leaving my family, I might as well make it the best time possible. And it really was. I am so glad that I went. I am so glad that I did something I was very anxious about doing. I realized what I would have missed. The conversations and time with my friend, the adventures, the beauty all were worth while. It is strange sometimes sharing these type of trips with you all because I don't want to seem like, "ooh, look what I got to do". I never would have gone to Hawaii if my friend didn't live there. I was very luck to use credit card miles for my flights. I do realize that going to Hawaii is a rare privilege that I am so thankful for. I am hoping that in sharing, maybe I can encourage you to go on adventure whether near or far that you have been thinking about. With that in mind, I thought I would share some of what I learned about Hawaii with you today.