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Oct 7, 2011 - Deep breath in .....

Good morning World! I'm sitting on my bed, having finished my last run and eaten danish pastry, white toast and 'jelly' and a couple of cups of coffee, all the while you are still contemplating the insides of your eyelids. Some will becrawling out of their warm beds to don lycra and complete their long ride of the week and keep that little voice in their heads happy, while others head for the coffee plunger and weekend paper. To my Sanctuary Cove friends, enjoy the last chilly weather at Jacobs Well. Haha! Today is shaping up tobe 30 deg...

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Oct 5, 2011 - I morphed into a guinea pig!

Hello Everyone I doubt there is a triathlon Expo to beat this! Meanest looking bikes and everyone trying to convince u that their product is the bees knees. Not the place to visit if u are not immersed in triathlon. The Parade of Nations was nothing to write home about, but it was beautifully orchestrated so that the finish coincided with the Expo opening! I joined the Argentinians with Pablo, they were light on numbers, and then took my patriotic place with the Aussies. I have become a research guinea pig for the Kinesiology Dept of the...

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Oct 3, 2011 - Uncle Billy's, Kona

Good Morning Everyone, What a difference a night makes. Swim session this morning at 7am. I think everyone had the same idea. The pier was humming with athletes and support people. The new Ironman Perform drink was available for tasting and it is yummy. Raspberry. That solves one question for me, as I will rely on that in the back half of the ride and all of the run. I met up with Jaysen and we swam the first few buoys of the course. A very sloppy swim start with the swells rolling in from somewhere distant, hitting the sea wall and washing...

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Apr 9, 2011 - HAWAII - Insel BIG ISLAND: Kona & Umgebung

Hawaii baut als einziger Staat der USA Kaffee an. Das Big Island bietet 9 der 11 Hauptklimazonen der Erde auf kleinster Flaeche. Das machen sich auch die Kaffeebauern zu Nutze. Der Trend geht zu hier leicht vollziehbarer 100%-organischer Kultivation. Wir besuchten das auf knapp ueber 1000m hoechst gelegene Anbaugebiet Hawaiis, des Familienbetriebs Mountain Thunder. Unlaengst gekuert zu einem der 3 besten Kaffees der Welt! Nach einer sehr gut vorgetragenen Tour durchs Areal gings an eine noch bessere Verkostung. Weiter gings vom angenehm...

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Feb 13, 2011 - Hawaii - Day 6 & 7 - Kona

Aloha! Here we are again. Tent setup on a beautiful Hawaiian beach. This entry will encompass the past 2 days. We awoke yesterday morning and made our way to Kona, where we decided to splurge and spend the night in a hotel located on the Kona strip. Turns out Kona is a very neat little town. The strip is located right next to the water and the bars have live entertainment on the outdoor porches. We spent most of the day relaxing and cleaning up. We then set out for supper and a few Mai Tai... turns out Mai Tais are pretty potent, and...

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Feb 4, 2011 - Last Full Day in Hawaii

We were up to see the sunrise again and enjoy the morning coffee on the balcony. The Schmiedt’s packed and were off to the airport about 10am. We decided to go to the Greenwell Farm and take the Kona Coffee tour with tasting. The farm was one of the first farms to plant coffee and export it. They are now one of the major coffee processors and exporters on Hawaii. They buy coffee cherries from the small farms and process it to the coffee bean stage and then export it to companies like Peete’s to roast and put their name on it. They only...

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Feb 3, 2011 - Beach and Shopping Day in Hawaii

This was going to be a beach day for Kim, Galen and the kids. Chey still was sunburned from Tuesday at the beach so she stayed with Grandma to go shopping. Uncle Ed went with the Schmiedt’s to the beach so he could get Hawaiian sunburn to take back to Oregon. Trevor got to rent a boogie board and spent the day riding waves. Jenna helped build a sand castle and enjoyed playing in the ocean water. Ed got his sunburn. A good day was had by all! Chey and grandma went shopping and to lunch in Kona. They each made a few purchases and had a nice...

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Feb 1, 2011 - Ocean Fishing (Not Catching) and Snorkeling

The group decided they wanted to go deep sea (Ocean) fishing and combine it with snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay at Captain Cooks Monument. The only problem was that all the fishing boats are only certified to carry 6 people and we had 8 with the kids. After much discussion, Galen said he would enjoy staying with Jenna and Chey, who didn’t want to go anyway. This left the four adults ( Ed, Judie, Ed and Kim) and Trevor for the fishing trip. This was also Kim and Galen’s gift to mom and dad, and we really appreciated that gift. Judie and son Ed...

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Jan 29, 2011 - Travel to Hawaii for Family Vacation

Saturday morning the alarm went off at 5 am and we were the first ones to the breakfast area at 6 am. We were on the shuttle by 7 am for the half hour trip to the airport. The shuttle went by 4 other locations to pickup airport travelers. We received a text from Ed and Cheyenne that they were on the Eugene to SFO plane at 6 am. Kim, Galen and Kids were driving from Galt to SFO in the morning and we all arrived ready to load when boarding started. The flight had a delay for over an hour because of damage to the cargo door, apparently,...

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May 20, 2010 - The Big Island - May 16-20

May 16, 2010 After getting our stuff ready and finishing our last beer (at 9am!), we headed to the airport and dropped our hire car back. We had a small disagreement with them as they claimed we had dropped the car back later than agreed and so we were going to be charged an extra day of rental and insurance. Thankfully the manager had some common sense and corrected the error but it took them time to adjust the computer to rectify the balance. Once checked in we had a quick breakfast at the airport before a short flight to the Big Island....

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Mar 14, 2010 - Second dive day

This morning was our second dive with Dive Makai. Boat was a little more crowded but still a good time. Saw some cool fish and met some new friends like Michelle from Australia and Mike from Dublin. Afterwards we were drained so we enjoyed the resort pool for most of the day. Laid out, did some swimming and got a free luau show, as it was going on right by the pool. Saw a school of dolphins swim by us as we sunbathed. Went inside to pay our bill but it was packed, so we did our bartender Misty a favor by waiting to cash out, had a free...

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Mar 13, 2010 - Rest and relaxation

Decided to take it easy today. After what must have been a needed 14 hour sleep we started with a big breakfast across the street at Bongo Ben's. Then we just strolled along our resort for awhile before heading back to the room to enjoy our oceanfront balcony for awhile. Did some reading and listened to some tunes until it was time for our sunset cruise on the Body Glove. We'd been watching people come off this boat for several days and it looked pretty fun so we thought we'd try it. Five minutes in we are surrounded by dolphins! They swam...

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