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Oahu Trip (April)

August 27, 2012

I’ve been having a little technical difficulty with my macbook lately…which means it takes forever for me to get around to loading pictures and blogging. The computer will turn off if the power cord comes unconnected – it doesn’t matter whether it’s fully charged, or if I’m in the middle of something. If the little magnetic cord disconnects? – power off, all changes/work lost! It’s highly frustrating.

But anyway – onto the real reason for this post! It’ll probably be long because I’ve got a lot of pictures to share (finally!). I’m finally blogging about our trip to Hawaii back in April of this year…and in the nick of time too, because we’re going back in a week! But that’s a topic for another post…for now, I’m just so looking forward to our upcoming trip, that I’ve been wanting to relive the last one, and what better way than blogging about it?! πŸ™‚

Howdy’s current job requires him to go to Oahu quite a bit, I think by the time 2012 is over he’ll have been there something like 8 times? Unfortunately, I don’t always get to tag along, but in April I was able to and I accepted without hesitation.

We did not stay in Waikiki this time, like we did in ’09, and I am SO grateful. We had an amazing time, and I credit a lot of it to being away from Waikiki. And the rest to my wonderful tour guides – Jill and Jen!

Our first night on Oahu, we met up with our friends, and went out to dinner and a fun night of karaoke! Jen and Blaine also brought some gorgeous leis to welcome us to the island.

The conference Howdy had to attend didn’t actually start until the end of the week, so we had a few days to hang out and just enjoy the island. We did quite a bit of hiking, both by ourselves and with our friends.

Hike 1 (just Howdy and I in the Honolulu area):

The next day we went hiking on the east side of the island with Jill and Steve, after a delicious red velvet pancake breakfast!

Hike 2:

After our hike we stopped for mochi-covered ice cream. I had Vanilla, Strawberry, and Passion Fruit – SO delicious!!

The next day, Howdy was playing golf in the afternoon, so we went to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (i.e. – The Punchbowl), and then I hiked by myself that afternoon.

The Punchbowl (with Diamond Head in the background), was having a practice for ANZAC Day while we were there (hence, the Australian flags):

The view of Honolulu from the Punchbowl:

Hike 3:

This hike was gorgeous and shady, taking you out to a pretty waterfall. However, the picture above is the only one I have from this 3rd hike because I had to cross that stream 4 times on the way out to the waterfall…and during the first crossing I dropped my little point and shoot camera into the water. Fail. It went in right about where the large rock in the very middle of the picture is. Luckily, I was able to dry it out over the next day and it was working later, but there was nothing to be done during this particular hike. Oh well – I still really enjoyed it!

The next couple of days Howdy went into work, and I hung out with Jill. She was a fantastic tour guide, and we did a bunch of things I hadn’t done before – such as going to the Wednesday market, paddleboarding (LOVE!!), hanging out on (new to me) beaches, etc…

We also went to North Shore, where we enjoyed garlic shrimp from a shrimp truck, and shave ice from Matsumoto!

And we went to the beach to see all the Sea Turtles. It was pretty incredible!

We had a fantastic time overall, and were able to spend some quality time with good friends in addition to seeing some new-t0-us sights. I wish I had been more vigilant with my camera later in the week, but of course after it took its little swim, it made that a bit more difficult. I can’t wait to go back next week! πŸ™‚

Catching up…from all the way back in April?

June 28, 2012

I have to admit – I’m kind of on the fence about keeping up with this blog. I do like blogging, but there are so many other things I’m enjoying at the moment that involve being away from the computer. The biggest thing is that this isΒ most likely our last year in Alaska – things are still up in the air, but as of now, we are scheduled to leave at the end of May 2013. I am NOT excited about leaving, and knowing this is potentially our last summer here, I’m trying to soak up everything we possibly can and enjoy all the things I love about this beautiful, wonderful place.

However, having said all that I am going to make another concerted effort to get caught up on the last few months and see how it goes. In the interest of length, this will need to be several posts to catch up, since it’s been since early MAY since I blogged anything! (I can’t believe it’s been that long!)

First thing on the list? Hawaii. Once I get the pictures ready, I’ll have that post up…seriously. πŸ™‚

OH – one other thing – I finally updated the Books page! Since I still had my 2011 books on there and we’re halfway through 2012, and I’ve read 20 other books, I figured it was time. I also decided to add some additional information to the list – such as the author’s name and whether or not it’s part of a series, and if so – which number in that series.

Impromptu weeknight picnic

May 10, 2012

We have been back from Hawaii for a week and a half, and a blog post on our trip is long overdue… But i wanted to drop in for a quick post anyway about what we’ve been up to this week!

Tonight Howdy and I went on an impromptu picnic at a lakeside about 10 miles north of us. The elevation is quite a bit higher, so the lake is still partially frozen, but as beautiful as ever!


Howdy got a new gun last weekend- a 1911 .45, so we went out to shoot it last night. We went with friends who also have a .22 and 9mm, and they were nice enough to let me try shooting those too, since I’m in the market for a handgun of my own but not sure exactly which one I want yet. Surprisingly, at least to me, I was most accurate with Howdy’s .45 (although that’s not saying much at this point). The picture below is of my final shot with the .45 before we packed up and headed home. πŸ™‚


I say this a lot… But I really love Alaska!! πŸ™‚