Welcome to/Goodbye to Hawaii

Hawaii really is this beautiful, even in the winter.
Hawaii really is this beautiful, even in the winter.

Well, we finally made it to Hawaii, which has been an adventure in itself. It’s so hard to say goodbye to leave and start back up after a month of getting to be with Carissa, seeing Texas, and exploring Hawaii. It really is even more beautiful than the pictures. It’s paradise and I’m so thankful that I’ve got the chance to be stationed here. We’ve been to great beaches, hiked into the rainforest to see a waterfall, and eaten a lot of Spam in between. (They really do love the stuff here.)

Introducing Molly. She's pretty cute.
Introducing Molly. She’s pretty cute.

Since my last post, we got in to Honolulu, stayed at a nice hotel and eaten a lot of good meals. Then, we got our first house, one to actually be our home. It’s a great feeling having a place that is just for us, even if base housing is a little bit of a run down mess. I got to experience most of the holiday stand down, which effectively extended my leave by a few days. And, during that time, we bought a brand new bed, a nice couch, and even a puppy, named Molly. (She’s great at laying down and getting rubbed, so she’s good for Carissa.)

It’s such a shame that I can’t be here longer to get the house broken in, spend some more time with Carissa, and get used to my job. Soon, I’ll be out to sea and jumping face first into submarine life, and hopefully getting some good progress on my qualifications so that I can stand watch and be somewhat productive.

Seeing the sights.
Seeing the sights.

It’s amazing to think that this is actually harder for me than joining the Navy, going to boot camp, or anything else I’ve done — it’s hard because of Carissa. I never thought about what going to sea would mean for a family, and even though it’s just the two of us (well, three now, I guess), it’s an awful feeling inside to leave her. But, I will be back and then we can pick up where we left off. Right now, however, it seems daunting and insurmountable, but I’m sure that getting the privilege of being an unqualified junior sailor will absolutely keep me busy.

Until then…

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