A select group of my very favorite rock superstars recently embarked on an epic adventure in honor of the lovely Mary’s 50th birthday. It had been idea in the making for quite some time, as one does tend to speculate about how to mark certain milestones well in advance of their occasion. Not that far in advance, Autumn. God. The subject came up from time to time over the last year, via group text or over cocktails or at the gym, and every time the notion was broached in any fashion, in between everyone else’s “maybe” and “I can only go if” comments, my consistent response was a steadfast and resounding HELL YES.
And so it began
|Toasting the first leg of our journey at the asscrack of dawn|
|where there is most definitely not a drought|
|water, water everywhere! this was a pit stop on the way home from the aiport|
|she's pretty easy on the eyes, too|
Our days were a beautiful blur of beaches and booze and belly laughs
By the weekend, we'd been joined by the rest of Team Mary 5-0 Posse and while one group headed down to retrieve the last arriving rock star from the airport and do some shopping (puke), the rest of us opted to take a hike.
We had perused the guidebook over pina coladas the night before and narrowed it down to two trails. We let Mary make the final decision based on relative risk of death and wilderness survival skills.
|It was a very pretty, tranquil, cool, wet trail|
|It was also a mud swamp|
|Good thing Autumn squatted aggressively so that we could both fit in the frame.|
|We just had to get through this|
|to earn this|
|LeeAnn brought an adorable little baby jeep!|
After the hike we got the band back together and headed out for our afternoon adventure
|Sorry mary, thanks for driving! be careful back there, Tammy!|
We arrived and parked, then headed down the trail to what Mary promised would be more of the worth it
|more hiking! I love when there are ropes, they are so helpful!|
|Hideaways. My heart.|
|I mean c'mon, right?|
|at the St. Regis|
|Cuz we fancy|
|oh yeah, and this|
But everything was a highlight, it was so smooth and easy and fun! If you've never gone to paradise with 5 friends, I highly recommend.
|This pretty one lane bridge took us everywhere - the sign says "local courtesy is 4-5 cars" That rise in the background was our hike.|
We cleaned up our act one night for an official birthday dinner
|Don't we look weird without our hats?|
|"they think it's over, how cute"|
|and were rewarded with this|
Or do I?
|Warmest aloha and mahalo to my beautiful friend Mary.|
Happy Birthday, sistah!