Diamond Head and Dragonfly Dreams

Well, we did it.  We hiked Diamond Head on February 14th.  It was an absolutely beautiful day and one that was filled with love, laughter and the making of more happy memories.

Diamond Head Hike - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Diamond Head Hike - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The Diamond Head hike is fairly easy.  The only challenging part is a couple of steep stair cases at the top but as you can see in the photo below, we handled them with a smile.

However, there could be some truth to the fact that sometimes stopping to take a photo can be a great excuse to allow some time to catch your breath while climbing a steep part of a hike.

Diamond Head Hike steps - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Diamond Head Hike steps - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The view of Waikiki that day was stunning, so stunning that I completely forgot to pass out the Victory Chocolate I promised and had carried up there in my bag.

 There was a beautiful breeze up there too, so we felt nice and cool.

View from the top of Diamond Head - www.stampedwithaloha.com

View from the top of Diamond Head - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It meant a lot to me that my friends who really aren't into hiking would take the time to go with me because they knew I really wanted to.  They are just wonderful friends like that.

Top of Diamond Head with Karin - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Top of Diamond Head with Karin - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Just look at the colors of the ocean behind us.  It was so beautiful to see.  Being out in nature is always so inspiring.  To witness God's creation up close and personal is so amazing.

 After seeing the colors of the ocean that day and spending time with wonderful friends, I was inspired to create this Dragonfly card below.

Detailed Dragonfly Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Detailed Dragonfly Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

To create this card I used the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies.  I cut out one Dragonfly using the precision base plate and my Big Shot machine.

The watercolored background technique was created by taking a clear block and coloring it with three different stampin write markers.  After I colored the block, I spritzed it with water and stamped it to my card stock to create a colorful back ground for the die cut dragonfly.  

The words on this card say, "to a wonderful friend" from the set Dragonfly Dreams which offers lots of other sentiments that you can put on the inside of this card to coordinate with the front. 

After we hiked, it was time to refuel.  So we went to one of our favorite local cafe's that is close to Diamond Head.  It is called Sweet E's.

Sweet E's cafe on Kapahulu Ave in Honolulu - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sweet E's cafe on Kapahulu Ave in Honolulu - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Karin enjoyed one of the house specialties, blueberry cream cheese stuffed french toast.  YUM!

Karin and her Blueberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast at Sweet E's.  

Karin and her Blueberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast at Sweet E's.  

We really enjoyed sharing our morning together, hiking and then eating and fellowshipping in this wonderful cafe'.

Breakfast at Sweet E's with Cindy - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Breakfast at Sweet E's with Cindy - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When I think of my friends aka my sisters, I feel really blessed because they are in my life.  It is wonderful to have the opportunity to "do-life" with them and share memorable moments like we did this day.  It is something that makes me so happy.

I hope that they had SO much fun that they will want to hike with me again soon.  We have so many beautiful places to hike here in Hawaii and doing that with wonderful friends makes the adventure even better.  

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