After a good swim (I'd forgotten that the ocean doesn't necessarily have to induce numbing pain to your limbs... I still love you, Oregon coast), we were off for our next adventure -- a local restaurant off the side of the highway up to the North shore.
We were accompanied by various animal friends! A parrot, bunny, and chicken, right at our table! (There are wild chickens absolutely everywhere on the island.) We ate shrimp sandwiches (I later learned that there are TONS of shrimp farms around the Kahuku area and the little sea treats are not in short supply... You know how there are all those little Mexican taco trucks on the sides of roads in the Northwest? Well here, there are shrimp trucks, and they are everywhere. I was immediately reminded of "Bubba," of Forrest Gump fame, and all the ways he described how you could enjoy them... and began to get really excited that I was in shrimp paradise!), and we even had a fresh coconut for dessert! How Hawaii is that?!
We stopped to visit the ranch where Novalee would be coming to later that week, and boy was I blown away. I'll have pictures and stories about the new horse home in my next post.
As it was getting close to sunset, we hurried home to watch it from the back porch, or lanai, as it's called here, and I couldn't believe how lucky we were to have such a good view! You can see the entire horizon of the ocean, and waves crashing near the beach. It is incredible. I looked out over the sea and tried to wrap my mind around what was in front of me. An answered prayer, a dream come true, an entirely new day to come. I slept so peacefully that night.