Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Wooden walkway leading up to a jacuzzi situated between two infinity pools

Before I get into the fun times we are having I’d like to give you my thoughts on the Hyatt Ziva All-Inclusive Resort. What I thought from the time we arrived to the time of check-out. First of all when booking the hotel since we were just here for a …

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Arriving Into Puerto Vallarta

View of the sea from our room at the hyatt ziva in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

After a good nights rest we got up early to make our flight to Puerto Vallarta. Lucking out we received a TSA pre-check and got through security in record time. It’s amazing how many people try to sneak their way through the short line, and amazingly enough some actually make it through. I …

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On my way, flying to LAX

Well here I am boarding my Alaska Airlines flight to With an overnight at the LAX Crowne Plaza before flying to Puerto Vallarta. We have perfect weather here in Portland for flying, deep blue skies with puffy white clouds that open up for a grand view of the Cascade mountain range. The …

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Hidden Oahu (part 3)

Secluded beach in Hawaii

Here we go, hidden Oahu part 3 and it’s another 6am day. Today I think will be one of my favorites. We heard from a local my son met about a lava phenomenon called the “Mermaid Caves”. What is this you may ask? It’s a large lava flow sliding towards the ocean. …

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Hidden Oahu (part 2)

On the beach below Diamond Head Lighthouse in Honolulu, Oahu

The alarm woke us at 6:00a.m, it was so hard to roll over in bed to turn it off.  Now why would we want to wake up so early on what would normally be a relaxing vacation? What was the plan? To discover more of the hidden Oahu! Today we needed to …

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Finding the Hidden Oahu (part 1)

Tropical grass hut Hawaiian's used to use hundreds of years ago in Hawaii

Oahu might have changed a little from what I remember when I lived there, but we still found a few hidden places I never even knew were there. That’s why I thought for our second day I would show you some of the hidden Oahu. Places not all tourists go to. This …

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I Made it to Hawaii!

Hula dancer

I can’t believe it, my feet are on solid ground and I made it to Hawaii! I made it and AloooooHA Oahu! Never have I been so glad to be off a plane, it’s usually one part of the trip I adore. Now that I’m here its time for fun in the …

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Did I make the flight to Oahu?

At the gate at the airport

After an epic day yesterday at the airport then making a fast track to the doctor, you are probably wondering if I made my flight to Hawaii today. Still coughing after seeing the doctor and so tired I fell asleep at about 7pm. It was a good thing I set my …

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Booked and ready for Hawaii

Plane and palm tree

Uh oh, Booked and ready for Hawaii, but will we actually make our flight?  I caught the flu a week before traveling and unfortunately it turned into bronchitis. Staying at a Park and Fly Hotel the night before I ended up coughing the whole night and felt crappy the morning …

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