Monday, December 29, 2008

Turtle Bay, Sunset Beach and Obama

By KJ

Day two of Surf with Murph was definitely a great one and the fact that we went to the local Foodland to buy MORE beer REALLY, REALLY frightens me. This trip is already out of hand.

We started off the day by hanging out at the house, eating breakfast and then watching the Pats play. It's unconscionable to think that you wake up and watch live NFL games at 8 a.m. I don't think this is something that I could EVER get used to, even though it was great to crack my first beer at about 10 a.m.

At halftime of the Pats game we went out to assess the pool situation. It's so inconvenient to get to the pool as it's about 200 feet from our door. What a pain in the ass.

The Pats dismantled the Bills, much to Mike's chagrin, and then we were off to check out Turtle Bay.

The place we're staying at is actually off of the long driveway to Turtle Bay Resort (pictured left). So, it only took us about 10 minutes to walk to the resort itself.

As we approached the main building, we noticed a Honolulu police car that seemed a little out of place since Honolulu is about an hour south and also an unusual amount of cars and men in matching Hawaiian shirts hanging out around the perimeter of the lobby. Then, Mike noticed that all these guys had ear pieces in. So, the speculation by all of us began that Obama might be making a visit.

Despite having the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the President-elect in person, we instead decided to walk along the beach and then belly up at the Hang Ten poolside bar at Turtle Bay. While we were wrapping up our lunch at Hang Ten, we overheard a bartender say that she just met Obama. So, indeed the future leader of the free world was dining inside Turtle Bay, while we were throwing back Long Boards and checking out the "scenery" outside.

After Turtle Bay, we headed back to the pool for a little more R&R. Jamie went to get a pedicure at the spa at Turtle Bay and then we were off to try to catch the sunset at Sunset Beach.

The skies were a little hazy and it eventually started to rain for about five minutes before the sun actually set, but it was still a pretty cool place. I'm hoping we can hit it up on another night when skies are more clear.

Murph and I did take the opportunity to pose for a photo while standing on a lava rock of sorts right on Sunset Beach. We took quite a bit of heat for the "honeymoon" photo op, but it was well worth it. As you can see, I was rocking my very own Surf with Murph T.

Probably the funniest thing to happen all day was while we were at Sunset Beach. This random dog was strolling around the beach and came over to us. I petted him a few times and he sniffed my solo cup of beer. Then he made his was over to Murph and then to Ty. In an unexpected turn of events, the dog goes and pisses on Ty's beach mat...while Ty is sitting on it. An instant classic (see below).

The five-minute rain shower then came in and we were out. We headed to Foodland for some more beers and other stuff that we needed for our poolside dinner BBQ that we had planned.

Lapa dominated the charcoal grill with a spread probably more suitable for 15 people then eight and we just hung out until the pool was closed down at 9 p.m. We definitely spent a lot of time at the pool yesterday and I think that will be a go-to hang out spot for us all week.

Today we're going to do some sort of day trip and then tonight the rest of the crew (the Airasians and June) arrives. We're planning on the "opening ceremonies" of the decathlon tonight too, so that should be interesting.

The live webcam has been a big hit so far as more people than expected are checking in at random times throughout the day to see what's happening at the house. We aren't recording any of that footage as we're all fearful of having any video evidence of some of the things that are done and said in this house. So, if you want to be a part of Surf with Murph, you've gotta tune in live.

3 comments:

Angie said...

1 important question: Has Doug arrived yet? If you've gone through the stock of beer already, I would assume the answer is Yes. I haven't caught any live action on the Surf with Murph cam, though. I am a betting woman, so who will take my $10 offer on Doug delivering the first confession of the week into the camera.

BTW, Thanks for the view of the table. When you're off on your day trips, would you please point the camera to a window overlooking *something*? I can watch my own dining room table here at home. Thank you very much.

tara gee said...

ty dog is not amused...

Anonymous said...

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