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A pretty nice little Sunday

26 July 2015

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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

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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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This is not Hawaii!!!!

22 July 2015

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Riding in New Mexico

Riding in New Mexico


Thanks to American Airlines we aren’t on our way to Hawaii like we are supposed to be today. As Curt was checking us in for our flight at 2030 last night he got the response that our flight was cancelled. After going through numerous supervisors with both American Airlines and Travelocity we learned our flight was cancelled for “routine maintenance” and we were “reaccomidated” on a flight for 22 July leaving at 0500 AM!!! Our options were to get a full refund or leave on our new flight, no upgrades, no compensation!
We figured the best thing to take our minds off that horrible airline was to eat brunch at Village Inn and go for a ride

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UFO Festival in Roswell, New Mexico

3-5 July 2015

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Mexican Alien

Mexican Alien


Roswell, New Mexico hosts a UFO festival every year in July and we were lucky enough to participate this year. Roswell is a relatively small town that capitalizes on an alleged UFO landing years ago. Now the entire town is dressed up in the alien them from the street lights to the restaurants.
Aliens Welcome at Arbys

Aliens Welcome at Arbys


Alien at Dominos

Alien at Dominos


Alien light posts

Alien light posts


The main strip had a little street fair with all sorts of alien merchanidise, bands, food and even a bicycle zoo. All this takes place right outside the capital building that also happens to be in green. We hit up a restaurant right by the town called Peppers for dinner just before the light parade.
R2D2 Mailbox

R2D2 Mailbox


Alien balloons

Alien balloons


Bike Zoo

Bike Zoo


Even the capitol is green

Even the capitol is green


Our new alien friend

Our new alien friend


Curt with alien

Curt with alien


Even pink aliens

Even pink aliens


Our camp chairs were parked on the curb in front of Sonic for atleast an hour before the parade as it was advertised as one of the best events of the festival. Unfortunately this did no come to fruition. The parade was actually only about 4 minutes long and a disappointment to many.
car in light parade

car in light parade


kids in light parade

kids in light parade


Satrday morning the town did a bit better with the Alien Chase 5K that was through a lot of parks. People had their chance to dress up as aliens and several took the opportunity.
Alien Chase 5K

Alien Chase 5K


After breakfast at Denny's we came back to the Convention Center for the pet costume contest that was hilarious. The photos speak for themselves here.
Alien goats

Alien goats


dog in cotest

dog in cotest


Pet costume contest

Pet costume contest


pink dog

pink dog


we could have done this to Emma

we could have done this to Emma


Inside the convention center they were screening a documetary on he true story of Travis Walton. He was allegedly abducted by aliens and was available in person or questioning afterwards. The movie Fire in the Sky is a Hollywood production of his story as well.
Alien pledge

Alien pledge


All weekend long at the convention center and UFO museum various speakers talke on all topics alien. We went to another talk by Stanton Friedman on the Real Majestic 12 with a packed audience but I just couldn't hold my attention to that and we left early.
UFO museum

UFO museum


The Elks in Roswell was offering a free BBQ dinner to all veterans and it seems crazy to pass up free food. We met an interesting couple from Albuquerque and watched the fireworks with them.
The fireworks show was one of the best I have seen. Not only was the main show quite long but the view of the surrounding area was extensive For the entire hour prior all around us the town was setting off personal fireworks, it felt like a 3D show.
Our last day was just a bit of shopping and lunch at the Pasta Cafe before driving home. I got lobster ravioli that I am pretty sure they made by hand. Delicious and a great little getaway.
ballooning

ballooning

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Marfa, Texas

1-3 June 2015

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Ah, my surgery ICU month is over and I have a few days off to go somewhere in our new RV. I had heard a few years ago about this small town in West Texas that is famous for these myterious little lights that come on at dusk on the horizon. We carefully made it through El Paso with the RV in tow and didn't have any mishaps until we went about 200 feet past the entrance of the Tumble In RV park. Unfortuntely you can't just make a U-turn with a huge RV behind you and there isn't much out there to see so we had to go 9 miles before we could turn around.
Marfa camp site

Marfa camp site


Tumble In RV Park

Tumble In RV Park


Later the first night we went to this observatory about 9 miles from the RV park to see these Marfa lights. According to research they have been seen on most clear nights since 1883. There has been much speculation about the origin but no one has ever figured it out. The lights look like distant house lights that come on and off in different spots along the horizon. Kinda neat to see but not sure its worth coming to Marfa for.
storm is coming

storm is coming

Marfa water tower

Marfa water tower

Far west Texas plants

Far west Texas plants

Full moon in Marfa

Full moon in Marfa

Marfa lights

Marfa lights


The main thing we learned is not to come during the week because almost all restaurants in the town are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We found a place called Capri that had three things on the menu but atleast a cute little beer garden to eat it in.
lunch at Capri

lunch at Capri


Marfa was kind of dead so we drove 25 miles to Alpine, Texas which seems to have much more going on. Sadly it started to rain so we got our Raspa from Murphy's Raspa company and headed back to Marfa. Alpine has really beautiful murals everywhere and slushies that they have renamed, Raspa.
Alpine Texas

Alpine Texas

raspa (1)

raspa (1)

Murphy Street Raspa Co.

Murphy Street Raspa Co.


Dinner back in Marfa was the only restaurant open in town on Tuesday night, the Presidio hotel. This site was where the cast of the movie Giant stayed when they were in town.
El Pasiano

El Pasiano


On the way out of town I had to stop and take a photo of the Prada store front. Marfa is known as being a town full of artists and one of them built this Prada store in the midde of the desert as a joke.
Prada, Marfa

Prada, Marfa

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Wicked

21 May 2015

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Wicked in El Paso this week at the plaza theater!
Wicked

Wicked

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Our new toy

15 May 2015

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Curt is driving our new toy hauler off the lot in Las Cruces! May we have many more fun trips in our new RV!
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Jerome and Sedona, Arizona

19 April 2015

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Our last real day in Arizona and it was another action packed day of hiking and eating :) We started off with a fabulous breakfast at the Mile Hile Cafe in Jerome. I had cheesy hash and Curt had eggs benedict with mimosas! Jerome is an adorable, supposedly haunted town on a hile that has cute shops and great views and was definately worth the stop.
View from Jerome

View from Jerome

Mile High Grill

Mile High Grill


Jerome buildings

Jerome buildings


Gallery

Gallery


Next up was hiking to the Arch which was probably the greatest photographic moment of the trip. Other hikers were very polite in waiting on each other so photos could be taken without large crowds in the background.
Devils Bridge Trail

Devils Bridge Trail


holding up the rock

holding up the rock


resting on the rocks

resting on the rocks


The arch

The arch


Standing on the arch

Standing on the arch


So after hiking, naturally we had to eat again so stopped at Famous Pizza for a rest. We didn't eat at McDonalds but they made sure to point out the Green Arches rather than golden that match the architecture in Sedona.
Sedona style McDonalds

Sedona style McDonalds


More hiking to cathedral Rock which in the end is rather like climbing. We didn't make it all the way to the top before we headed back to Sedona for.....more eating!
Chapel in the rocks

Chapel in the rocks


Cathedral Rock Trail

Cathedral Rock Trail


A storm is brewing

A storm is brewing


hmm that looks high

hmm that looks high


I will just take a picture from here

I will just take a picture from here


Should we keep going

Should we keep going


View from Cathedral Rock

View from Cathedral Rock


what a view

what a view


blue sky is back

blue sky is back


wild flowers on the trail

wild flowers on the trail


Tlaquepaque is a shopping and eating area decorated with tons of flowers and home to the Oak Creek Brewery where we ate our last meal. What a fabulous trip, Thanks Chris and Christina!
Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque


roses all over

roses all over

more flowers

more flowers

brewery samples

brewery samples

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