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Jan 13, 2014 - Quiet Day

Today was a relaxation day. In the morning I walked to a quilt shop I had passed on my exploratory walk yesterday. I can spend lots of time and money in a quilt shop. Hawaiian quilts are different from what we mainlanders think of as quilts. Our quilts are pieced from "scrape" fabric and sewn together usually in some kind of design. Hawaiian quilts are appliqued. Designs are cut from fabric (or pieced fabric) and sewn onto a piece of backing material (usually solid color). I wanted a pattern and fabric to make a traditional Hawaiian quilt....

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Jan 12, 2014 - MADE IT!!!!

I finally got to see the view from my room this morning and it was well worth the long flight. I had SPAM and eggs for breakfast. Spam is a staple in Hawaii, why I am not sure. The waitress asked if I had ever had spam before and was surprised Mom used to make it baked with cloves, as a ham would be. She told me she made it as sushi - spam in the center, covered in rice and then rolled in seaweed (nori). I spent an hour walking through the gardens next to the hotel. It is beautiful. I recognized Banyan trees. Others I hope will be...

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Dec 11, 2013 - Hawaiian Cruise - the first seven days of our 15 day cruise

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - Corpus Christi, TX to San Diego, CA We started early going to the Corpus Christi airport to catch our flight to Dallas. I put two Dramamine tablets in my carry-on bag. Billy dropped us off and we checked in our two big bags. I asked the lady at the gate if we could get an earlier flight out of Dallas to San Diego. She said there are no seats available on the 3:50pm flight. And that the airport in Dallas would close down at 5pm but not to worry because we had a 4:50pm flight. She also told me there would be a...

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VNL Travels 2013

Oct 13, 2013 - Hilo, Hawaii

Fun facts...Hilo features a tropical rainforest climate, with substantial rainfall throughout the course of the year. Hilo's location on the eastern side of the island of Hawaii, (windward relative to the trade winds), makes it the third wettest designated city in the United States behind the southeast Alaskan cities of Ketchikan and Yakutat and one of the wettest in the world. We are going on an all day tour of Hawaii with Ricky Tours. Much we did 40+ years ago, but it is time to see the volcano and all once again. Day 15…Sunday October...

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Jun 24, 2013 - Tour of the Island

Today we will take a 12-hour tour of the Island of Hawaii. We are traveling with others on a big 40-passenger bus. Our driver is “Junior.” I won’t even try to write his full name. He is native Hawaiian and an expert on Hawaiian history and events. And very funny! We have somewhat of a crisis to start the day because Payden has to take a test for her college class online; access to the test doesn’t start until 7:00 a.m. and the bus is scheduled to pick us up at 7:45. With lots of praying and encouragement from her friends, Payden finishes...

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Barb's Retirement

May 14, 2013 - Richardson Beach Park

Tuesday, May 14th -- Another sunny morning made it an easy decision to complete the Hilo beach tour today. Our only destination was Richardson Beach Park, near the Aquatic Center to the southwest of Hilo. The park has all the necessary facilities and something for every type of beach-goer. The snorkeling was wonderful, although a little rough in some spots and briny in one pool where a cold fresh water spring flowed into the ocean. There was a small black sand beach for easy access to the water. After snorkeling for about 45 minutes the...

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Oct 7, 2012 - Trans-Pacific Journey Day 8

Sunday, October 7, 2012 Early this morning we arrived in Hilo, Hawaii at the pier in the heavily industrial area of town. Our friends we met on the Cruise Critic forum organized an island tour for us and so we joined about 30 others (3 small vans) for a wonderful full day tour. We went to the Volcano National Park and saw the Kilauea volcano,, walked through a Lava tube, saw lava beds, looked through an Orchid Farm, went to a black sand beach (where Steve saw a couple turtles), and finally to a Akaka Falls—over 450ft beautiful falls! It...

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Dec 7, 2011 - Aloha to Hawaii

Aloha in Hawaiian can either be a greeting or a goodbye. So, for me today, it's Aloha a hui hou aku. "Goodbye, Hawaii, until we meet again." I am already looking forward to coming back to this magical paradise one day! We're back in the usual winter weather here with the trade winds bringing showers quite frequently throughout the day and night. Although yesterday morning's sunrise looked promising, it wasn't long before the clouds moved in and we were dodging rain showers. Carolyn and I were out for a few errands and then lunch at her...

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Living Our Dream

Dec 6, 2011 - Hamakua Coast and Saddle Road

Our road trip last Tuesday (Nov 29) took us on a circle route through vastly different landscapes - rain forests, waterfalls, gorges, Eden-like valleys, spectacular coastal views, ranch lands, mountains, lava fields, old sugar cane fields, desolate desert-like scenery. I have already covered some parts of it in previous posts - Onomea Bay, Akaka Falls, Laupahoehoe. We began with the scenic drive up the Hamakua Coast (Hy 19), It is one of the most stunning roads in all Hawaii, rivaling the Maui's famed road to Hana. One of the Big Island's...

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Dec 5, 2011 - Volcano glow

Wow! Amazing! Incredible! None of these words are strong enough to describe our experience last night! In spite of the somewhat misty conditions, Tara, Shaun, Carolyn and I left home about 5:00 heading up the mountain to the Kilauea Volcano. We arrived at the Jagger Museum at dusk to watch the Halema'uma'u Crater put on its nightly show of billowing smoke and blood-orange glow from its lava lake 300 feet below the surface. The glow constantly varies in intensity and the experience becomes magnified as darkness falls. We, and the other 50...

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Dec 4, 2011 - Akaka Falls

Another one of our adventures last Tuesday (Nov 29) was a visit to the Big Island's most popular waterfall, Akaka Falls, which plunges 442 feet down a circular moss and fern lined gorge. Walking to the falls is an experience in itself as it moves along a paved path through a lush rainforest of towering bamboo groves, draping ferns, twisted banyon trees, giant gingers, heliconias, and all kinds of tropical plants. Although the loop trail is less than a mile, it is somewhat strenuous as it winds up and down through ravines and over...

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Dec 3, 2011 - All About Tsunamis

Despite the gray and sometimes drizzly day, Carolyn and I set out in late morning for Hilo town. We had an outstanding lunch at Cafe Pesto and then headed for the Pacific Tsunami Museum. Tsunamis are simply a fact of life here in the islands. The residents of this area of the Big Island are especially wary due to the two devastating tsunamis that occurred in recent memory. On April 1, 1946, an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands sent a 25-foot wall of water (some sources say 55 foot) into Hilo and the surrounding areas claiming 159 lives and...

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