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Back Home Again

Ran out of gas writing on my blog the last couple of days of Hawaii.  We really had a great time and a good trip back home.  Great trip.

I have been thinking about how I am using this blog.  When I started it I though I would use it just trips that we take.  I will still do that but I think I will expand the definite of “Traveling Retired.”  Living every day for folks our age is a “trip” in itself. 

We we will see how this works out. 

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2012 in hawaii

 

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Hawaii 2012, Day 6 Tourist Day

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Yesterday was tourist day.  We left early from the North Shore and headed to Waikiki.  We spent some time in the Hilton Hawaiian Village where we saw this guy.  He looked like he might like to take a bit of flesh out of you if you got too close.

We tired the kids out and truthfully ourselves as well.   The concentration of places where one can spend your money is truly overwhelming.  Baby Olivia and Bailey had their own way of handling it.

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Long drive and great scenery but glad to be back at our condo.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in hawaii

 

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Hawaii 2012, Day 5

Its travel time today.  We are all are loading up after breakfast and driving to Waikiki for tourist stuff.  More on that later.

Yesterday was nice.  Jeff and I walked about 3 miles through the jungles along the beach to a WW II observation post.  Jeff had done a 2 mile run before that so he is staying in shape. 2012-08-06 002 019 The two mile runs are not in my vocabulary anymore at my age. 

The kids and grand kids headed out to the beach and rented a kayak and they spent a couple of hours exploring the beach and a fresh water river.  The sea turtles were everywhere and they had a great time;

After a rest, we all loaded up and drove down the coast to a small town and ate some pizza…you should have seen Bailey and Olivia and gobbling up slice after slice.  Growth spurt and lots of exercise.

Back home and a really nice day!

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2012 in hawaii

 

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Hawaii 2012 Day 3.2

Busy day!  Off to the west and a stop at Matsumoto’s shaved ice.  Obama stopped there a few months ago and I guess it is the most famous shaved ice place in the world.  Then up the road to the Dole pineapple plantation.  They have really improved that place of the year.  World’s biggest maze that Bailey loved.  Bought a pineapple right out of the field. 

We then stopped on the way home at the famous Ted’s Bakery.  It does have great bake goods but it’s the plate lunches that they stand in line for.  We bought our plate lunches and took them home and the meals were so large that we finished them up tonight.  Two meals. 

Then to the pool and a refreshing swim.  Jeff and Alexis took a four mile walk and saw the sea turtles and a large seal.  Then to grocery shopping.  Finally its getting ready for bed time.  A real tourista day.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2012 in hawaii

 

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Hawaii 2012, Day 3.1

2012-08-06 002 023Slept all night with the trade winds blowing through the sliding door and the night birds singing.  Up at 6 a.m. and Jeff and I headed off on our walk to the beach and exploration of the surrounding area.  We found a colony of 7 feral cats by the beach.  They seemed to be healthy. 

We then came home and made breakfast sandwiches that we ate with fresh pineapples and papaya’s.  Talk about heaven on earth.  I decided that traveling has three phases;

  1. Traveling Young…40 and under…go at full speed and see everything possible and then2012-08-06 001 022 collapse and start over again the next day. 
  2. Traveling Middle…40-55..go full speed and see anything you can for about half of your day.  The rest of you day is kicking back and enjoying your improved affluence and what it bought you.
  3. Traveling Experienced…55 and beyond…smell the flowers, long leisurely walks, one tourist thing a day and if your grandkids are with you.  Enjoy them a lot. 

We are heading out to Dole plantation tourist stop this morning.  The smell of the flowers blowing in on the breeze is wonderful!

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in hawaii

 

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Hawaii 2012- Day 2.3

2012-08-06 002 007The first full day in Hawaii is coming to an end.  It was a2012-08-06 002 004 very productive and tasty day.  We had our first shrimp shack meal and it will not be our last.

We then headed out to our pool and cooled down and did some swimming and relaxing.  Drove over to the Turtle Bay Hilton to just to enjoy the beach and 2012-08-06 002 012the luxury hotel.  We saw our first Mongoose.  We must2012-08-06 002 021 have seen at least 7 of them on the grounds. 

Finished up the day with Jeff cooking dinner.  Really nice day. 

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in hawaii

 

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Hawaii 2012 Day 2.2

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With a flower in her hair.  Baby Olivia loves the smell of the plumaria flower and Bailey carries a 2012-08-06 001 004drawing pad and draws everything he sees.  There is a lot to see.

The condo we are staying in is comfortable with the trade winds coming thru the screens.  The kids are currently eating their lunch and then its off to Fumi’s Shrimp Shack.  Yes folks, the shrimp shacks on the beaches of North Shore is another reason we are staying here.  Coconut shrimp for the ladies and spicy shrimp for the men. mmmmm

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in hawaii

 

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