- Posted October 1, 2013 by
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Shutdown over: What next?
Honeymoon Plans - Forget It
A Honeymoon? A true celebration that can only occur once.
A Honeymoon in Hawaii with several State & National Park Excursions planned across two islands? Something everyone dreams of - and only few people are able to do after months & months of saving. As Newlyweds - my Husband & I have been planning & talking about our trip to Hawaii for over a year. We've conducted endless hours of research & being so active - have truly based our trip around the natural beauty & landscapes these parks offer. We land in Hawaii tomorrow morning - and what can we potentially cross off of our 11 day Honeymoon?
- Seeing the Sunrise on Mount Haleakala in Maui & biking the 23 miles down the dormant Volcano.
- Witnessing the Raw Beauty of the Iao Needle in the Iao Valley State Park
- Flying to Kauai for the SOLE reason to hike the Na Pali Coast
- Kayaking down the Waimea River through the Waimea Canyon State Park - not to mention viewing the Canyon from the top
With all of that said - we will NEVER allow this to ruin our trip. Will we be incredibly disappointed that we may not be able to execute all of our plans - Yes.
Let's be honest, there cannot be life complaints when we are lucky enough to spend a week in Paradise. But could this all have been avoided? Yes. Can the Dems & GOP stop pointing fingers, wasting everyone's time - and come up with a real solution? Yes. Unfortunately for us - we planned our Honeymoon at what could be the worst timing imaginable. Life will go on - but this lack of decision has potentially stripped us from a lifetime of memories & a trip that we've intended & can only afford to make once in our lives.
As a side note - we also just bought our first house. We're in the midst of our FHA Loan Approval - looking to close Mid-November. Although we are optmistic about our timeframe here - this is yet another headache we have to deal with because of this.
For two people who have done it all right - saved our money - responsibly paid off our honeymoon & activities up front - while still being financially stable to buy our first house - what we envisioned as everyone's 'American Dream' has quickly turned into a lot of disappointment & worry. Worth It?