About me

I’m a 30 something mom to two boys, an army wife of 9 years and a registered nurse. We have been lucky enough to be posted in Hawaii. I was born and raised in Newtown, Connecticut and until I moved to Hawaii in January of 2011 I had never left the contintental US.

Ever since childhood I have had a love of the outdoors. My parents fostered this in me. As a child we camped, hiked and explored many places. I thank my parent’s for my adventurous side. I remember always being outside playing with my brother or my friends. I rode my bike and just did what kids generally do outdoors, or used to. We walked around in the woods, played games in the snow, leaves or water depending on the season. I have all kinds of fond memories and a lot of them include the outdoors. Every summer for several years we would go camping on vacation to one place or another. At first with a tent and later with a pop-up camper. I know my parents chose this because it was an economical way to travel, but it was so much more.

These days, for some reason, I really want to get out and enjoy the outdoors. I’ve become downright passionate about it. The fact that we’re living in paradise is a motivator but more than that I really want to give my children the gift that my parent’s gave me.

I write 2 other blogs in addition to this one. One is my personal blog about my daily life of raising young children and trying to get a career off the ground. The second blog is geared toward my struggles with fibromyalgia. In this blog I discuss the various treatments and strategies out there and their effectiveness from my perspective. I have taken it upon myself to explain in layman’s terms some symptoms of fibro and why they tie in the way that they do. This blog is my own chronical of my struggles with chronic illness and the path that I must navigate to achieve control over it instead of the other way around.

I hope that you enjoy what you read here and that you find it useful whether you are a resident of hawaii or a visitor on vacation. You will find a variety of activities at all fitness levels and abilities. I focus on free, outdoor and low cost adventures but I will include my other adventures as I experience them as well.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thegrommom
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 21:46:29

    Hi! It was fun to see you at my site. Great to know you are also enjoying (embracing) the island life and loving the outdoors!
    We love to hike and will definitely use this blog as a resource!
    Thanks, and keep in touch!


    • hikinginparadise
      Oct 14, 2011 @ 15:16:02

      I will also be following your blog just sorry I can’t link to it from here so it shows in my feed. I’m always looking for company…wink wink. Kids too!


      • Richard Duggan
        Apr 04, 2013 @ 18:43:42

        I love that picture of a swimming stone and would really like to use it for an educational graphic that will be installed at Three Tables very soon.
        In ancient Hawaiian story tells of a great fisherwoman and her husband who lived close to the ‘apapa (reef or coral flat) at Kalua o Maua. One night when the wife went fishing, her husband was unable to see her from their home and went looking for her on the reef. He found her in the form of a stone swimming about the reef. It is said that whenever this stone is found, there is fresh water in the ocean.
        Your picture illustrates this nicely. I’m under a tight time constraint to get this done.
        Please feel free to call me if you prefer at 808-235-9585.

      • hikinginparadise
        Apr 04, 2013 @ 20:02:45

        Can you tell me what photo you are referring to exactly?

  2. Deborah
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 08:03:49

    What a wonderful, healing place to be!


  3. jgoutdoors
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 14:46:09

    thanks for checking out my blog. I’m new to it. looking for a better site where I can jazz it up a bit. say hi to john and give boys a big hug….


    • hikinginparadise
      Mar 09, 2012 @ 09:17:48

      You can get a domain name and stuff through here and there are some that are pretty independant and just use the formats so that it’s simplified for them to post things. I haven’t really considered that too carefully myself but it can be done.


  4. Girl Replanted
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 10:51:36

    Aloha! I’ve been following your blog for a couple of weeks, and Iove the hikes you are doing! I’m in Kailua and would love to meet up sometime and maybe do a hike together. We have a little boy who is almost 3, so if he came along it would need to be an “easy” one! Or I could bust out the backpack- whew, what a workout that will be! You can send me an email if you wish: thinkingglobal@gmail.com.


  5. Rob Malone
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 23:19:12

    I really enjoyed this blog and had no idea the Makapuu Blowholes where called the Dragons Breath. Now looking back it really does look like a dragon. That place was the highlight for me and brings back nice memories. Thanks


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