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Gila Cliff Dwellings

17 August 2015

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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument


Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is one of the least visited national monuments and Curt and I found out why. It is only 44 miles north of Silver City but the drive is over the most twisty roads ever created through the Gila National Wilderness.
Gila Cliff dwellings

Gila Cliff dwellings


Many questions still remain about the people that lived in these dwellings to include why! The ancient puebloan people of the Mogollon area belonged to areas of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and northern Mexico. The knowledge archeoligists do have is based on the pottery style. Of course none of it is there now but you can see a couple examples of petroglyphs.
cave drawing

cave drawing


The caves consist of about 40 rooms built inside five natural caves. The peublo was built inside the caves with rock, mortar and timber from between 1276 and 1287. For some reason the inhabitants only stayed for a few decades.
bridge to the trail

bridge to the trail


The cliff dwellings are in the center of a 1 mile circular trail that can be a bit steep and rocky as well as sunny. But it offers good views of the dwelligs from all angles. There a couple of caves you can go in to and peek inside the rooms. Most of what the rooms were used for is speculation.
First view of the dwellings

First view of the dwellings


No one told Curt the dwellings didn't have beer

No one told Curt the dwellings didn't have beer


Curt wanted to know why snakes were to stay on the trail

Curt wanted to know why snakes were to stay on the trail


another view from the trail

another view from the trail


walls of one of the caves

walls of one of the caves


walls inside cave

walls inside cave


veiw from the rooms

veiw from the rooms


veiw from the caves

veiw from the caves


trail from the caves

trail from the caves


sunflowers

sunflowers

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Hiking in Silver City, New Mexico

16 August 2015

all seasons in one day 85 °F

Silver City New Mexico

Silver City New Mexico


I work a lot at the beginning and end of the month but for some reason had a few days off in the middle and had heard Silver City was interesting. It has been named one of the best small towns in America. We finally had the RV back so figued we should check it out.
hike and bike

hike and bike


We rolled in to town last night but just grilled some dinner and hung out in the rolling terd. Today we stopped at Gila Hike and Bike for advice and air for our bike tires. We headed out to Trail #74 which is part of the Continental Divide Trail. It goes up early but then levels to walk along a ridgeline for pretty nice view of the Gila.
Trail 74

Trail 74


the crag

the crag


high in the Gila

high in the Gila


part of the Continental Divide

part of the Continental Divide


We earned our lunch at Diane's which was good but the service was a bit slow. Curt had hatch eggs benedit (a New Mexico turn on eggs benedict) and I had french toast with blueberries and raspberries. After lunch we came home to see the girls and waited out a storm. At the Silver City RV Park the people were all over the place right after the storm raking up tree branches. It was kind of funny.
some brews

some brews


Little Toad Creek Brewery

Little Toad Creek Brewery


We read that the Little Toad Creek Brewery had a happy hour so we went to check out their beer and have an appetizer for dinner. The chili cheese fries turned out to be the hotest thing I have tried to eat in awhile and had to give most of them to Curt.

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Too full to eat a jellybean

30 July 2015

semi-overcast

Ah, man, our last day in Hawaii is over. Tomorrow reality sinks back in, such a shame. We took a few more photos in the morning before leaving. Curt had a moment with the tiny coconut that shot out of the tree on to his leg yesterday while he was reading.
Last day at the ocean

Last day at the ocean


dangerous trees

dangerous trees


assaulted by the tree

assaulted by the tree


We had already eaten breakfast but still stopped once more at Ted's Bakery for another glazer and coffee.
flower at Teds Bakery

flower at Teds Bakery


Further down the road in Haleiwa we got one last shaved ice with ice cream at the famous Masumotos. We wanted to get some lunch at the Thai restaurant but we were too full even to eat a jelly bean.
Haleiwa

Haleiwa


Matsumotos shaved ice

Matsumotos shaved ice


rainbow flavor

rainbow flavor


We took a different route to Honolulu to get some different scenery and made a pit stop at the Harley shop. After hanging out at the pool for a bit we were hungry enough to go to Nico's at Pier 38. The place was an excellent final dinner on the pier. We did some damage at happy hour with beers, calamari and edamame. I had a fishermans stew soup in a breadbowl and the special of ahi. Curt and Dad had swordfish fish and chips that they raved about and mom and clams. We were all sad to go back to the room but once again too full to even eat a jellybean.
Nicos at Pier 38

Nicos at Pier 38


Miss Emma

Miss Emma

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Turtles rule the day

29 July 2015

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We got a tip from some people in the know to have breakfast at Tita's. It is definately a place that the locals go to start their day but it did hold one mystery...no coffee. How is it this island that is famous for kona coffee has none for breakfast? Anyway Curt tried the loco moto which is basically a hamberger and gravy over rice with an egg on top. I got the breakfast plate which is egss with spam over rice. Mom and Dad had a delicious looking egg and bacon sandwich.
spam and eggs

spam and eggs


Loco Moto

Loco Moto


Next Curt and I took the suggestion Chris gave us for snorkeling at three tables. Luckily Lindsay cleared up that we weren't looking for these three tables....
not these three tables

not these three tables


but for these three tables.
three tables

three tables


Just as Chris said, if you went behind them the snorkeling was pretty good. I won the jackpot by snorkeling with turtles for atleast 20 minutes. There was one that seemed like he enjoyed the encounter while two others came and went.
what a cutie

what a cutie


turtles harem

turtles harem


turtle family

turtle family


turtle family 2

turtle family 2


posing for a photo

posing for a photo


snorkel Curt

snorkel Curt


My turtle beach

My turtle beach


The rest of the day was pretty much shot because you can't really beat that. We tried with some more shaved us but gave up and got some more beer from the grocery store. We tried one last place, Fine Ass chocolates but it tured out to be closed.
more shaved ice

more shaved ice


Fine Ass chocolates

Fine Ass chocolates


Crouching lion

Crouching lion


Longboards

Longboards


A lazy afternoon

A lazy afternoon

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Second verse, same as the first

28 July 2015

semi-overcast

view through the rope swing

view through the rope swing


I woke up early so walked down the beach taking some photos.
early morning at house

early morning at house


driftwood

driftwood


early morning photography

early morning photography


beach chairs

beach chairs


Today was a repeat of yesterday driving up and down to sites along the Kamehameha Highway. First stop was back at the turtles. I was hoping to get some better pictures of the turtles but none of them wound cooperate. We spent some time watching quite a few further down the beach floating along in the waves. Apparently this same group of turtles has been coming to this beach for 30 years. All are tagged and monitored.
surfer turtle

surfer turtle


it won't cooperate

it won't cooperate


The turtles are at the far end of the North shore so we continued our drive to Haleiwa and hit a few shops before having lunch at Jamesons. I had heard that it had some pretty tasty fish which turned out to be true. THe Ulua fish and also the shrimp sandwich were great. We later learned that in August Jamesons was going to be torn down and rebuilt as something else.
slippery rocks

slippery rocks


surfer crossing

surfer crossing


On the way back we wanted to find the beach with the Bonzai Pipeline but being the summer there really weren't any waves. The beach had a steep bank to it and was very windy so we left for our sandy little beach by the house.
Pipeline

Pipeline


watching the girls

watching the girls


Dinner was a picnic with sandwiches while waiting for the sun to set on sunset beach. It was a bit cloudy but still beautiful and we got the bonus of seeing a boogie boarding dog.
sunset beach picnic

sunset beach picnic


sunset

sunset


sunset 2

sunset 2


surfer dog

surfer dog

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A great day of animals

27 July 2015

sunny

sunset beach

sunset beach


At our very first stop today I was wishing Lindsay was still on the trip with us. I think she would have loved to see the pig that was at Sunset Beach. These people brought their four dogs and this pig to the beach with them. It was digging holes just like Calla.
Taking their pig to the beach

Taking their pig to the beach


pig digging on the beach

pig digging on the beach


Curt and I snorkeled at Shark's Cove but the entry was a bit difficult so we kept moving up the beach to find the turtles.
Dad

Dad


shaved ice spot

shaved ice spot


yacht behind the tree

yacht behind the tree


snorkel site

snorkel site


Sharks cove snorkeling

Sharks cove snorkeling


pretty fish

pretty fish


A turtle beach there were maybe half a dozen Hawaiian green sea turtles that were right at the waters edge. Some woman had to constantly be reminding people to give them some space. You could watch them chowing down on seaweed as long as you wanted.
Hawaiian Green sea turtle

Hawaiian Green sea turtle


turtle snack

turtle snack


girl snorkeling with turtle

girl snorkeling with turtle


up close turtle

up close turtle


I must have stood there for a pretty long time because by then everyone else was hungry and we went to Giovanni's Shrimp Truck.
Giovannis Shrimp Truck

Giovannis Shrimp Truck


Giovannis

Giovannis


Shaved ice

Shaved ice


We all enjoyed our shriimp plates of either hot shrimp or shrimp scampi and checked out the surrounding market. The shaved ice there was delicious but I was still craving some sweets. Teds Bakery and the glazers that came recommeded were just the thing I needed. For the afternoon we hung out on our little personal beach.
the rental

the rental


Dinner was at Kahunu Grill for burgers and fries. The food was good but the servers were apparently new so we spent a lot of time in line so the girl taking orders wouldn't overwhelm them.
Kahuku Grill

Kahuku Grill

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A pretty nice little Sunday

26 July 2015

sunny

Waimanalo Beach

Waimanalo Beach


Sadly we are on our last day with Lindsay and Chris but we make the most of it heading to the beach with Calla after breakfast. Our beach adventure ended shorter than we expected when the beach became littered with jellyfish.
rough life

rough life


pretty nice little sunday

pretty nice little sunday


Curt in a Calla hole

Curt in a Calla hole


beach flowers

beach flowers


crab on the beach

crab on the beach


jellyfish

jellyfish


more sun please

more sun please


Shortly after we met my parents at Buzz’s restaurant. It is an adorable place across from the beach with excellent drinks and crab sandwiches.
Buzz's

Buzz's


crab sandwich

crab sandwich


A short drive up up the highway took us to our rental abode for the rest of the week. It’s a bit “rustic” inside but is right on the water with a spot of beach right in front just for us. We decide to spend the rest of the day relaxing by our new paradise.
our rental

our rental


front yard

front yard

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Diving :(

25 July 2015

sunny

Dive gear

Dive gear


Chris, Curt and I registered to do a wreck and drift dive with Island Divers this morning. I made it through the first dive of 105 feet at a World War II airplane. It was pretty small for all the divers to be gathered around but there was a pretty big eel that lives there.
underwater flag

underwater flag


underwater cockpit

underwater cockpit


fish highway

fish highway


Curt next to the airplane

Curt next to the airplane


Curt with underwater flag

Curt with underwater flag


After surfacing from the first dive the nausea came on in the huge swells and I lost my watermelon and cinnamon roll breakfast. The rest of the dive pretty much went downhill. I learned that Quisey sticks that have this sent to keep you from vomiting aren’t worth a darn. The second dive was a drift with about four sea turtles and a couple of reef sharks but I was still a bit nasueated. Thank God we were only diving in the morning and were home by noon.
Tom’s burgers for lunch and a nap for the afternoon. We all needed our rest for the amazing dinner we were going to have. Chris and Lindsay took us to Roy’s restaurant with an absolutely gorgeous view over the water. Roy Yamaguchi is a celebrity chef who has founding 30 restaurants specializing in blend of California-French-Japanese cooking traditions with fresh ingredients from the Islands. Curt and I got the prix fix menu with an appetizer of shrimp, shrimp eggroll and pork rib. This was followed by salmon and then a chocolate souffle. A delicious way to end the day.

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Hiking and Sandy Beach

24 July 2015

semi-overcast

us at the overlook

us at the overlook


Curt and I seem to have bad luck following us on this trip so it was no surprise to wake up to a cloudy day. We hit the day with optimism and went for a hike Makapu’u trail. There is a lighthouse and a lookout but the top was closed. We still got some good photos and now we can lay on the beach with a little less guilt.
yipee for hawaii

yipee for hawaii


This is okay right

This is okay right


overlooking Makapu'u trail

overlooking Makapu'u trail


overlook

overlook


Calla overlooking the ocean

Calla overlooking the ocean


cant get away from the army

cant get away from the army


danger on the trail

danger on the trail


lighthouse

lighthouse


super calla

super calla


We hit up a couple spots like the blow hole and the China wall, catching a glimpse of a few surfers before going to Kona Brewing Company for lunch. Curt and I split a Cuban sandwich and a shrimp melt that I would definitely go back for. I had a strawberry dreamsicle drink that was also to die for.
View from the blowhole

View from the blowhole


surfer at the china wall

surfer at the china wall


Kona brewing company

Kona brewing company


The afternoon was spent a Sandy Beach where Curt and Chris went swimming in the huge waves and Lindsay and I tried not to panic. At one point Curt was stumbling around, confused and thankfully got out of the water.
Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach


look at those waves

look at those waves


boogie boarding

boogie boarding


Chris and Curt fighting the waves

Chris and Curt fighting the waves


Curt loosing to the wave

Curt loosing to the wave


For dinner we met up with two of their friends, Shawn and Brian at Whole Foods. The happy hour special was a slice of pizza and beer for $5. We had a blast hanging out on the patio and hearing about the physical therapist that Chris goes to.
Pizza and beer at Whole Foods

Pizza and beer at Whole Foods

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Finally we arrive in Oahu

23 July 2015

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Thanks again due to American Airlines we are up at 0220 to make our 0500 flight. After a lot of confusion over our unfinished reservation for the new flight we were checked in. Our trip to Dallas was quick but on our eight hour flight to Oaha we were rewarded by sitting in the day care section. For seven hours a three year old kicked the back of our seats. When Curt finally said something to the father the man went off on a tirade about how it was hard to raise five kids with his wife deployed most of the time. We informed us he had done 20 years in the military and we were left wondering what that had to do with us enduring his child kicking us in the back for seven hours.
with our leis

with our leis


At last we arrived and Lindsay and Chris had lei’s to give us!! So pretty. We made some quick sandwiches at their house and hit the beach to unwind. Weimanelo Beach was just what we needed, some sun, small waves and watching Calla play in the sand.
calla at the beach

calla at the beach


Calla at waimanalo beach

Calla at waimanalo beach


Calla digging

Calla digging


calla running on the beach

calla running on the beach


enjoying the waves

enjoying the waves


relaxing on the board

relaxing on the board


Waimanalo Beach

Waimanalo Beach


After our long day we were ready for bed pretty early so had yummy fajitas on their beautiful back porch before calling it a day.
backyard pool

backyard pool

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