Today I left without my phone. Dammit. I planned to update you all throughout the day.

It was a great day, though, and seriously, I should be glad I left the phone behind. It gave me the chance to really soak up the sights.

We snorkeled and beached. It was a lot of fun.

I don’t remember at the moment what beaches we went to, but one place we snorkeled had some of the best coral reefs that I would imagine are available.

I’ll upload pictures and video later.

Right now, I’m going to go make a couple pizzas.

Time change

Local time is 5:40 am. In Chicago it’s 10:40, and in North Carolina, it’s time for you to get a watch.

I am going to try and sleep a little longer so it will ease the jet lag.

Our true first day starts today. We are going to go snorkeling.

I’ll be sending up short updates along the way.

Be sure to stay up until 4 a.m. So we can truly experience this trip together.

Hawaii is mine!

And you thought your summer solstice was a long day. Your day may have been the longest one of the year. But ours beats yours by a few hundred miles.

We woke up this morning at 4:15 and left the house at 4:50. We arrived in Maui at around 1:30 local or 5:30 Chicago time.

Our hosts met us at the airport, and we drove about 30 minutes to their neighborhood. We grabbed a bite to eat, and we suited up and hit the beach.

In case I haven’t said it yet, we’re staying with Tina’s friend Kim and her three kids. I’ve shot this family a couple times, and they are all beautiful people.

Tina and I are a little loopy, and we’re finally settling down to grab some sleep. We tried to keep ourselves up to make our jetlag a little more bearable.

It’s been a great day, and I’m almost kicking myself for not planning on staying for about three months. Hawaii might be the paradise. It quite possibly could be the place that believers modeled their stories of heaven after.

The above photo is Kim’s oldest silhouetted against a Maui backdrop.

Below are the other two kids having a blast in their element.

I hope that this post isn’t too incoherent. I’ve been known to blog when I’m way too tired to do so, and it’s not pretty.