Responsibility 199, what is it?

Responsibility 199 is a belief; I believe that to be healthy and to increase my longevity I need to weigh 199 pounds or less...
Responsibility 199 is a need; I need to reduce my weight, reduce my percentage of body fat, and the elevated threat of disease my present condition presents...
Responsibility 199 is a mission; I recognize that achieving 199 will be a challenge, perhaps the hardest I have ever undertaken...
Responsibility 199 is a commitment; I acknowledge that I must commit to action, commit to change, commit to myself and those I love to achieve this mission, to increase my longevity...
Responsibility 199 is ME.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Day 443 - 444: Diamond Head Transformation Home

Sunday 7/3 
Being our departure day we got up early and headed to Diamond Head, the last item undone on our list. Ok, it was a mental list of things to do; I am not much of a list maker.

Unexpected highlight of the trek upward is that we passed Rex Ryan (head coach of the NY Jets) on the trail up Diamond Head. I didn't place the face to a name when I saw him & he walked by, but I knew his face was celebrity. Twenty yards later when I passed a girl in a NY Jets t-shirt the name came to me. Too bad it didn't register when I first saw him, I'd have yelled Go Jets!

The hike up Diamond Head was only 0.8 miles from the park parking lot but it was a side-busting hike. The trail is largely uneven dirt & rock that winds via several switch backs up the interior slope of the crater wall. A pair of sets of steep stairs and a poorly lit 200+ foot tunnel have to be managed before getting to the old gun emplacement you need to squat down and crawl through to get to the observation decks.

Only the way up I cussed many times & questioned my sanity for bringing the family here for this vacation's final event. But once at the top we were glad we took the challenge. Great views, excellent photos, and we got to look down on scores of folks still hiking up. Yeah we didn't feel sorry for them.

Breakfast: Leonard's bakery is where we went to recharge our post hike batteries. Known for their Malasadas, an island pastry or doughnut, we grabbed a bunch & brought them back to the hotel.

With about 90 minutes to kill before having to check out we ate, did our final packing, & chilled a bit.

We checked out just before noon, which left us about six hours before we needed to be at the airport. So off to the theatre we went to see Transformers-3. Simply we were drained from the weeks activities & I had had enough sunshine & sand and was ready to return to mostly cloudy skies & concrete again. The movie was good, surprising for the third movie of a series. I can't imagine there being a 4th, but then I won't be surprised if they cook up a plot for Transformers Quattro.

Lunch: Mmmm, airport food at Chowmein Express where I feasted on Spicy Chicken & chowmein noodles; it filled the void below.

Our plane departed Honolulu right on time, 9:09pm

Dinner: for the flight I brought a package of shortbread cookies & diet coke.

Monday 7/4
The 4hr:20min flight was by the book or shall I say better than that as we arrived 23 minutes early. But as soon as we deplaned to the terminal we learned that our flight to Chicago was delayed 2 hours due to "operational" reasons. Not sure what that means other that we got 2 extra hours to lounge in San Fran.

Breakfast: A breakfast burrito & orange juice from a mexican joint at the airport food court.

Up up & away we went at 8am San Fran time & we landed in Chicago at 1:40pm. Two hours later we were home, exhausted, and very grateful for our time together in Hawaii.

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Hey Patrick! It's Stephanie from She's In there Somewhere (my old blog - I have a new one now). I'm glad I found you again and I'm following you so I can catch up with you. Sounds like you had a great time in Hawaii. :)

  2. Ive always always longed to go.

    looking forward to the photo onslaught :)

  3. Such a wonderful family thing!!! Can't wait to see pics BUT when you go back, go to the Big Island or Kauai - beautiful!

  4. What a wonderful vacation! Always nice to come home though.

  5. Love the vacation notes! it sounds like it was an amazing trip. I can't wait to see pictures at some point. Great job with the hiking!!

  6. Diamond Head is a net experience! Thanks for sharing some of your vacation with us:)

  7. Sounds like that hike, hard as it was, was a rewarding experience for your family. How cool to be able to do something active as a family. Sounds like you had a great trip, looking forward to pictures.

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