Thursday, May 27, 2010

Where is the sun?

Hoping for more sunny days soon, but will always love the view of our mountain. Fresh snow in May! Now if only the rain would stop...

Hawaii, Part 2

Before anymore time passes, I figured I better get the rest of those Oahu photos on our blog. It has been a very rainy month (going on 20 plus days of rain here in Snoqualmie) so it is a good time to post these photos and remember warm, sunny days! I loved spending the end of the day on our beach. It was so great to listen to the surf and when it got really dark, we discovered lots of little crabs emerging from the sand.

We spent one day at the Polynesian Cultural Center in the northern part of the island. I'm glad we made this trip cuz we all had a good time. Millie got to catch a catfish, got several tattoos and even learned how to play a few new island games....

After we left the PCC, we went in search of the famous Giovanni's shrimp truck. It may not look pretty, but they cook some very delicious shrimp out of this truck. In fact, it is one of the most famous shrimp trucks on the entire island. I highly recommend it!

Millie loves shrimp, too!

...and we can't leave Hawaii without eating some of their shave ice.

The hardest part was deciding on which flavors we wanted!

Mike doing some boogie boarding.

Millie went floating around the bottom of the waterfall at Waimea Valley. The water was SO cold!

Relaxing in our cottage at the end of a very wonderful, amazing holiday! We'll definitely be back again.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Our new gadget

Here's Mike keeping up with his correspondence on our "new" Remington Rand Model 17 typewriter-circa 1938. Millie did not even have any idea of what a typewriter is; she kept calling it the "big calculator."

Monday, May 3, 2010

Oahu, Hawaii-Part 1

We spent 2 amazing, beautiful, sunny weeks in Hawaii earlier this month. We stayed at Barber's Point Navy cottages on the SW side of Oahu. The cottages were so close to the ocean. At night the surf was sometimes so loud we had to shut the door . We could not have found a better location for 2 weeks of relaxing. The photo above is our cottage and you can see it was a pretty short walk to the beach.

Our view from the front "lanai." Millie loved the sand and water and we went swimming almost everyday. We would wake up in the morning, put on our bathing suit, then spend the day collecting sea glass, playing, swimming and ended the day with a BBQ on our grill.

The beach was called White Plains and was really popular with surfers and locals. Millie and I loved jumping over the waves and spent many hours in the water.

On our second day, we drove a few miles up the road to check out Ko Olina Lagoons. What a beautiful place!

Millie and Papa at the end of another beautiful day. You can just barely see Waikiki and Diamond Head off in the distance.

Today we headed out to the Dole Pineapple Plantation. I know Millie's favorite was the train ride.

Getting lost in the hedge maze at the Dole Plantation.

...and how lucky were we to wake up one morning and see this sleeping animal on our beach!

This is a monk seal and they are not normally found in Oahu, but if they do show up, it is normally at this beach. He is very much alive, just very sleepy! Later in the morning, the beach lifeguards put up signs and posts around the seal to protect him. They are critically endangered and it is a federal crime to even approach them...We found that out after we took the photo.....

Germaine's Luau tonight! Even though this is a big tourist outing, it was a great show. The food was excellent, the performers were really good and all seemed to be having fun and admission price included 3 free drinks each.

I have lots more photos of our trip, so stay tuned for more later!
Here's to hoping the sun arrives back in Washington, it has been raining for over a week now!! Maybe Hawaii can share it's sunshine with us, too.