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Apr 28, 2013 - Oahu awaits

Sunday, April 28th -- I left Captain Cook at 11:45, stopping to buy a locally-made lei outside our friends' driveway. The next stop was to fill up the tank with $9.53 of gas @ $4.52/gallon before turning in the car at the Alamo Rental location. The Alamo shuttle to the airport was somewhat slow picking us up but with no lines at ticketing or security I was at Gate 9 in plenty of time for my flight. I was hoping for clear weather during the flight but the clouds obscured both Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island. On Maui the top of...

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Apr 25, 2013 - Flying to Kailua-Kona

Thursday, April 25th: Kailua-Kona After many weeks of planning we were finally leaving for the Big Island. Using frequent flyer miles didn't give us good flight options. Leaving home at 4:00 for a 6:00 flight was going to make for a long day even if we arrived on time at 19:30 in Kona. We were relieved to make our connections in both Chicago and Los Angeles and to arrive in Kona on time. Even though we were able to doze on the plane, it still felt like 01:30 to us. Our plan was to visit our friends on the Big Island for two days after...

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May 3, 2012 - Kona Coast Resort

This resort is a timeshare that Jeff and Kelly purchased 3 years ago. This is our second time that he have had the privilege to visit here. We are able to make reservations for oone week every year and two weeks every other year. This year we have two weeksa vailable, but Kelly could only get one week off from work.

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Hawaii 2012

Oct 10, 2011 - Recovery

Good morning! This morning I woke to find my 'Umeke bowl and commemorative watch with the race day date stamped into the band, sitting on my coffee table. My sore muscles reminded me that it was not a tooth fairy that put them there! 5th in the World, 60-64 age category :) In Hawaiian culture, the 'Umeke was often used for holding water. Where there is no water there is no life. The gift of the 'Umeke should be received with pride and respect for it designates honour, accomplishment and completion. The placegetters receive the 'Umeke as a...

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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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