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8th September 2009

Hahaha yes it is a good thing you're cute or you'd be in trouble!!! The pineapple drink was THE BEST thing I have ever drank!!! MMMMM mmmm good.
8th September 2009

The weather was a bit cold but I haven't really needed a jacket. In the mornings it's a bit cool and a bit of frost up here in the north but by 10am it's nice enough for a tshirt. Acukland was colder for sure but not that bad!
8th September 2009

pinapple drink
that pineapple drink looks WAY better than the one you had at the family party! When we snorkled in Cuba I couldn't figure out why the mouth piece was salty - I was a bit disgusted thinking it was someone else's spit - good thing I'm cute :)
7th September 2009

Wow
Boy already in New Zealand. Glad to hear everything went smoothly with settling in. How are you finding the temperatures? Noticed people with hoodies on!!! Take care.
7th September 2009

Red Hats-Easter Island
News Home > World News> Giant statues reveal red.... Giant statues reveal red hat secrets: study Module body 1 hour, 24 minutes ago 0 What's this LONDON (AFP) - British archaeologists said Monday they believe they have solved the ancient mystery of how the giant stone statues on Easter Island acquired distinctive red hats. The researchers said the key to the mystery lies in their discovery of a road on the tiny Pacific island. The hats were built in a quarry hidden inside the crater of an ancient volcano, and then rolled by hand or on tree logs to the site of the statues, said the team from the University of Manchester and University College, London. The archaeologists examined the way the hats, each weighing several tons and made of red scoria, a pumice-like volcanic rock, were moved by Polynesians between 500 and 750 years ago. They were placed on the heads of carved stone human figures known as moai standing on ceremonial platforms which encircle the island's coastline. But the riddle of how they were raised and attached remains unsolved. Dr. Colin Richards from the University of Manchester said: "We now know that the hats were rolled along the road made from a cement of compressed red scoria dust with a raised pavement along one side. "It is likely that they were moved by hand, but tree logs could also have been used." Dr. Sue Hamilton, of University College, London, said: "The hat quarry is inside the crater of an ancient volcano and on its outer lip. A third of the crater has been quarried away by hat production. "So far we have located more than 70 hats at the ceremonial platforms and in transit. Many more may have been broken up and incorporated into the platforms." Richards said there was evidence the quarry, known locally as Puna Pau, had previously produced statues before changing to hats. "Initially the Polynesians built the moai out of various types of local stone, including the Puna Pau scoria, but between 12,000 to 13,000 AD, Puna Pau switched from producing statues to hats. "The change correlated with an increase in the overall size of the statues across the island."
7th September 2009

Hi Laurene
I read the part about you reaching New Zealand, and now you are back in Hawaii. Are you trying to confuse me? Sounds like you are having a great vacation while I deal with skunks living under my front steps, bake pies, and start fall cleanup. Keep the news coming, I enjoy all the photos and entries.
7th September 2009

Who's the Mermaid???
Love your snorkling pics!! I think I will have to make one of those pineapple drinks! We loved snorkeling in that samw spot-- the fish were awesome. Didn't see any turtles-- did you? Your pics of Hawaii bring back many great memories. Love Ya! Dad
6th September 2009

sorry we missed doing this venue
Great to hear and see how much fun you had here. We will have to go to Hawaii again and take this in.
6th September 2009

Awwww I love you favorite cousin haha!!! I haven't set my voice mail up yet hahaha but I have 2 voicemails I need to check so I will hear it soon!! Yea isn't it cool how pineapples grow!?!?! Wait until you see pics from NZ!! Sweet as!!!!
4th September 2009

I love the rainbow eucalyptus, I've never seen one before! And I see you got some good oversized sunnies, you'll need 'em! :)
1st September 2009

Man, those Langs just can't keep their fingers out of peoples noses!!
31st August 2009

I fly out today Auntie Gail. Aug 31st. I'm just behind on putting up all the blogs.
From Blog: Pearl Harbor
31st August 2009

Great Photos!
Hi Laurene, I've enjoyed the updates alot. Looks like you'll be in Hawaii more than a week. When do you fly out? Love, Gail
From Blog: Pearl Harbor
31st August 2009

Sounds like your having a great time
Actually the being squished bit didn't sound nice but I absolutely cracked up when I read this - I could totally picture it you poor thing.
From Blog: Pearl Harbor
31st August 2009

very cool at Pearl Harbour, very sobering (literally; I'm a little bit pished)...freaky to think that the soldiers killed that day are still down there with the boat. And the bird of paradise flower is common in Australia, so you'll see that a lot! I wasn't sure what it was called, now I know. whee!
From Blog: Pearl Harbor
28th August 2009

Hey! ohhh...looks like your having a blast! wow do i ever want to go back to Hawaii now! Still can't believe your actually there! love seeing your blogs....enjoy Hawaii...and safe trip to NZ.
From Blog: North Shore
28th August 2009

Hpe you're not LOST
Looks like you had a great first tour and got a good overview of the island. We were a bit worried when we saw the picture where you are standing in front of the LOST sign!! Glad you are enjoying your trip. We look forward to all of your postings. Dad and Mom
From Blog: North Shore
28th August 2009

ooooh that looks like fun!! The ocean pics don't impress me as much because I live on the coast...heehee...but everything else looks cool!
From Blog: North Shore
27th August 2009

Safely in Hawaii
Hi Laurene, glad to get your postings. I called your parents last nite for their anniversary and to find out if they'd heard from you yet and your Dad gave me the update. You arrive and meet an old friend/acquantance on her honeymoon. This reminds me of how small the world is. Enjoy your relaxing time there, the beaches look nice. Keep the updates coming. I love reading them. Love,Gail
From Blog: Waikiki
26th August 2009

Loved seeing familiar pictures. You are back in your adventure mode and I can tell you are loving it...meeting new people and old...what a surprise. Have another great adventurous day today.
From Blog: Waikiki
24th August 2009

Bon Voyage
Hi Laurene, I had company this afternoon and did not get a chance to call you before supper. I will simply send you and email to let you know that I will be thinking about you very often on your fabulous adventure. May you ride through the hard times,and I know there are some when travelling, and enjoy the good times, meet lots of new people, open up the mind to new thoughts and ideas about self, others, the world, and life. Know that you can always come home. Take care of yourself always. Love to you, and we all cannot wait to see the photos and hear from you. Aunty Gail and Albee!!!
23rd August 2009

Safe Travels
Laurene: Your new blog is great. Looking forward to seeing and hearing about all your adventures. Once I have definate travel arrangements will let you know, we may be able to get together?!
23rd August 2009

If you scroll further down you will see all the pics.....there are lots more...just keep scrolling!!!
23rd August 2009

Great Photos
Hi Laurene, If the first few blogs are any indication of what is to come, this will be an exciting adventure for all of us. Thanks for all the photos too! Bon Voyage, love from me and Albee
23rd August 2009

Where's the cake??
I want to see the pics of this kangaroo cake!

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