Last night I returned from a week's vacation in Hawai'i. It was all that you imagine it would be and more. And was probably one of the best vacation's I've ever had, not only for the obvious reasons but also for a bunch of other sentimental ones as well. Most importantly, I got to visit with both sides of my family.

My mom's family picnic'd at the beach, where 35 or so of us congregated (just a smidgen of the family). We ate, swam, sang Hawaiian music and just enjoyed each other's company. There I saw a cousin who I went to school with until the 9th grade or so. He moved away and this was the first time I saw him in about 20 years.

I ran a half-marathon with another cousin from my Dad's side of the family. She has just taken up running and it was her first half. I also got to meet her husband and kids for the first time, as well as meet her brother's wife who just joined our family this past winter.

Reconnecting with the family is one of the things I most loved about this trip. It was so much fun getting to know some of my cousins as adults - it was like making new, but yet familiar friends.

There's a laundry list of other things that made this trip home so special, and I have over a dozen or so half written blog posts (including two race reports) that are waiting to be finished. But if there's one thing this trip reminded me of it’s I how beautifully simple Hawaiian life is. It moves at it's own pace. So I'll get around to finishing those posts...eventually.

In the mean time, this is one of my favorite photos that I took on this trip.


Unfiltered, taken with my iPhone while sitting on a catamaran heading out for a sunset sail...