Day 3: We drove to the western part of the island to see the Waimea Canyon and hike the Awa’awapuhi Trail! The Awa’awapuhi Trail was a tough hike with mostly trees until the very end of the trail when it opened up into the most epic views of the Kalalau Valley & Na Pali Coast […]

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  • Stephanie Scholl - Y’all would need a vacation from your vacation ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ha! Jordan’s face on the kayak says it all.

    Hawaii is seriously stunning and the landscape is magnificent – I am loving these images!!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Haha! That kayak trip was brutal! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you, friend!ReplyCancel

  • Carole Van Dyke - Kauai is one of the most glorious places on earth – a real Garden of Eden. You did a great job of immersing yourselves in the beauty and I loved sharing it again vicariously as we texted/emailed many days sharing pictures and hidden places discovered on my visits there. Thanks again for the way you included me!

    Did you feel like you caught some Hawaiian culture on this island? I believe it’s easily missed if it’s not sought out and that’s a shame. I would suggest squeezing in one more thing – the Smith Family boat trip up the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto ( for some stories/legends of ancient culture, historical sites and listening/singing along to some Hawaiian songs accompanied by ukulele. I know their name doesn’t sound Hawaiian, but they are. The Fern Grotto is a true secret gem. Philodendron leaves along the trail are large enough to hide behind! And hearing the Hawaiian wedding song performed in the natural amphitheater covered in hundreds of lush ferns was a Hawaiian goose bump moment for me! Just an extra idea.

    Your photographs are awesome, Robyn!! Takes me right back. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thank you, Carole! I wouldn’t say we experienced any of the ancient culture per say, but we learned a lot about the history and legends on each of our guided tours! ๐Ÿ™‚ Such a beautiful place!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Love reading these posts! I wrote to you on Instagram about your time in Maui and can’t wait for those posts as we will be there for our entire honeymoon!

    One question! When you are doing all of these activities do you take your photos with your phone camera or do you take your big one? I always struggle with taking my DSLR around for activities when on vacation because sometimes it just seems like a lot to lug around but then at the same time I feel like I need it for all the scenery.

    P.s. Love your new home!!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Hi Lauren! Thank you so much! Maui posts are coming up very soon and I hope you find them helpful and have the best time on your honeymoon!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I actually ended up just taking my medium format film camera (which is HUGE and even heavier than my DSLR) for a few scenic shots, a waterproof point & shoot for our water adventures, and my iPhone. For the majority of our more intense hikes and such I ended up just taking shots on my iPhone because it just became too much. ๐Ÿ™‚ I completely understand the struggle but I’m thankful for the few shots we did take on our nicer camera! Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

To celebrate Jordan’s graduation, our birthdays, and our 7 year anniversary coming up, we saved up and splurged on a vacation to Hawaii! While it was a long flight to get there, it was certainly worth it. We went on lots of adventures, saw some incredibly beautiful scenic views, and ate tons of fish tacos […]

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  • 2016 Year in Review » The Van Dykes Blog - […] a relaxing, wonderful weekend full of hikes and horseback riding.+PINWe also splurged on a trip to Hawaii to celebrate Jordan’s graduation and our 7 year anniversary!+PINAdventures of 2016 included: […]ReplyCancel

Adjusting to small town life hasn’t been easy. The first several weeks were really hard as we experienced an entirely new culture all while struggling with homesickness. Other than missing our loved ones, the hardest aspects have been: Our temporary apartment. Y’all, we are so grateful to have a roof over our heads and seeing […]

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  • Rog Van Dyke - What a great post! Really enjoyed reading about your experiences and transitions. Excellent writing and could sense your heart.ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thank you, Rog! Grateful for your support and to have you follow along! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Sylv - When Bill and I were living in Michigan we lived at the Michigan State Horticulture Farm three miles away from the closest house and 8 miles from East Lansing.
    We enjoyed the farm and never felt lonely. I remember one morning while eating breakfast, we watched the deer jump the fences. We loved the walks around the farm, the fresh fruits and vegetables, the quiet and the privacy. The only draw back was the long drive to go anywhere. We were much more organized about shopping to reduce the longer driving trips to the store. We loved our four years there.ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - That sounds so lovely, Aunt Sylv! We’re excited to experience some peaceful, quiet mornings in our small town too! Thank you for sharing! xo!ReplyCancel