01 Jun

Kauai Weekend

I marvel at the industriousness of my fellow bloggers who stay on task completing projects, swaps, challenges and entering shows and publishing things. My story, and I’m sticking to it, is that I’m just on permanent vacation. There’s far too many shiny distracting things in this life!

Like pretty beaches.

Friends to visit.

Gifts to give. And beach parties.

Canoe races to watch.

Waterfalls.

Geckos to catch.

Books to read.

Holes to dig. Pools to swim in. Oceans to float in.

Hikes to hike.

Sights to see.

Boobies!

And Nene.

Movie locations.

Zip lines to zip!

23 Mar

Watson Lake at Granite Dells (more vacation photos)

Our vacation to Arizona was primarily to visit with my sister and her family. They are avid rock climbers so of course we had to go climbing while there. Since their kids are small and mine had never climbed before, we planned  on canoeing too, in case anyone preferred paddling. Snowfall was heavy this year, so our destination, Watson Lake, was pretty full. The usual path to the climbing area was under water, so instead of bouldering with gear, we opted to canoe to the site. After dropping the climbers off, my brother in law also shuttled my man to a trailhead so he could go running through The Dells and their cool rock formations.

That was about the extent of the canoe use though because my kids loved the climbing! The boy scrambled up the rock face like a natural. He had the advantage of borrowed climbing shoes, but I suspect he would have done well in clunky boots too.

My girl, in her rainbow tennies and less aggressive attitude, took a few attempts. She got it though and made it to the top on the third try. I was the proud mom on belay (the one on the other end of the safety rope).

The kids almost made it look easy.

The view was great, and the kids were chuffed.

28 Dec

Hi There!

Long time no talk. I’ve been busy.

We have family here and have been pretending to be tourists at a beach hotel. No internet or computer, and I have to admit I really didn’t miss it. I have been thinking a bit about what I could blog about since there has been no shortage of fodder, but I have not been motivated to actually write anything. I’m thinking about what the year ahead might bring and that will undoubtedly become a blog post. For now though, I think I’ll just share some photos of what we’ve been up to the last week or so.

We stayed at the Hale Koa in Waikiki

We walked around Waikiki and swam in the oean and in the pool.

We enjoyed some music.

We did a little hiking.

We did a little watching.

We finally made it to the sights at Pearl Harbor.

We looked for turtles.

We looked at each other.

We looked at the Pali.

We went to a Luau.

And we’re generally just enjoying ourselves (see the rainbow over Honolulu?).

See ya later.