Friday, August 2, 2013

Penner's Spotlight - Dani Pettrey - Hawaii

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Penner’s Spotlight

Dani Pettrey of Washington D.C.

Location: Hawaii

United States of America

Hawaiian Adventure

My family and I recently visited Hawaii—specifically the Big Island and Maui. Our hope was some relaxation time combined with a lot of outdoor adventure. I’m happy to report we found both, but adventure definitely topped the list.

We started off with snorkeling and loved seeing the abundant sea life swimming all around our resort…

We went sea kayaking…

Cliff jumping…

Visited a volcano, lava tubes and steam vents…

We swam with dolphins…

Stood in shark-infested waters (okay, we just got our feet in, but that was enough). Apparently this little bay is home to sixteen different species of sharks.

My favorite adventure was taking off for the day and circling each island we visited. We grabbed a local map, packed a picnic, and set off.

Doing so gave us a much better feel for the islands and all the treasure they had waiting to be explored. The Big Island and Maui were so vastly different from one another. The Big Island was rugged and exotic, full of waterfalls and lava fields, while Maui was lush and tropical with many more shops, restaurants and people.

During our drive we saw waterfalls and breathtaking vistas. We traveled on roads barely wide enough for our Jeep and at one point, met up with surfers on the side of a steep cliff, our cars passing each other so closely we nearly exchanged paint.

One thing I didn’t expect to see was a billy goat, but there he was posing for the camera on the side of the road.
Needless to say, none of us wanted to leave the tropical paradise of Hawaii to return to the mainland. If you ever get the chance to visit, I highly recommend it. Hawaii is a land of fragrant flowers, crystal blue water and vivid sunsets. You can lie on the beach, soak up the sun, swim with sea-life, hike a mountain, or take in the local culture. We did a combination of all the above and it was magical. 

Where is someplace you’ve always wanted to visit? What is one adventure that’s on your bucket list? Have you ever been to Hawaii or to a tropical island?

Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the author of the bestselling romantic suspense novels Submerged and Shattered. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves--the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters' faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in the D.C. metro area with their two teenage daughters. To find out more about Dani, check out her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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The last person Gage McKenna expects to see during his summer aboard a cruise ship leading adventure excursions is Darcy. And in typical Darcy fashion, she's digging up more trouble.

He'd love to just forget her—but something won't let him. And he can't help but worry about her as they are heading into more remote regions of Alaska and eventually into foreign waters. 

Something sinister is going on, and the deeper they push, the more Gage fears they've only discovered the tip of the iceberg.


  1. I love getting to share your adventures, Dani! My own Alaskan Adventure is at the top of my bucket list, minus the sea kayaking of course. I share Darcy's... "problem", that's all I'm going to say!

    This is a cool blog, Morgan. =)

    1. Hi Nancy! Thanks! And thanks so much for stopping in and commenting! Have a great weekend! :)

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by, Nancy. Glad you enjoyed the 'adventure.' :) Isn't it an awesome blog? One of my fans---right up there with FHF!

    1. Thanks so much, Dani! Yall are so sweet! I appreciate you being my guest today. Your Hawaii adventure sounds awesome! Glad yall got to go! Have a great weekend! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing your Hawaii trip. It has been many years since I visited and this brought back those memories. Pearl Harbor was a very moving place for me. It's a place all Americans need to visit.

    Your pictures are great!

    1. I want to see Pearl Harbor someday. So much history there.

    2. So glad you enjoyed the post, Carole. Thanks so much for stopping by. I agree, Pearl Harbor was a very moving place for me as well and someplace all Americans should visit. It definitely lingers with you, as it should.