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North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona January 11th 2019

Lekeleke burial grounds At the end of our road there is a huge lava field that is a sacred Hawaiian historical sight. It marks the location of a huge battle in 1819. In the 1819 Battle of Kuamo‘o, Hawaiian forces clashed over the traditional kapu religious system. The dispute pitted the forces of Kekuaokalani, nephew of Kamehameha I, who sought to preserve the traditional system, against his cousin, Liholiho (Kamehameha II), who had abandoned the kapu system. Liholiho was victorious, but many warriors from both sides perished in battle and were buried on the property, including Kekuaokalani and his wife, Chiefess Manono. With her dying breath, Chiefess Manono is said to have uttered “Mālama kō aloha”‐ “keep your love”‐ a plea to both sides that no matter what obstacles come to Hawai‘i, keep your love ... read more
Malasada stop at Tex Drive In

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona January 4th 2019

Has anyone ever been to a Vanilla Bean Farm? I certainly had never thought to go before but today we were looking for something different to do on a hot day and The Vanillerie south of Kona beckoned so off we went. I have to say I was not particularly looking forward to the experience but I went along for the ride.....actually I had to go as I was driving! The tour took about 2 hours and was most fascinating. I learned a lot and was really glad I had gone. The farm itself occupies 6.5 acres and is owned by a chap from South Africa. He initially came to the island as a forester but it wasn’t making him a sustainable living. During that time he met a fellow from the Philippines who had grown ... read more
Clump of green vanilla beans
beans starting to yellow
Beans going into humidor

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona January 2nd 2019

Well, we are into the new year and are settling into a nice routine. I am getting up around 6:30 each morning and taking a walk up the hill to the Keauhou Shopping Cente where I have found a lovely coffee shop. I sit outside, enjoy a good cup of coffe, perhaps a banana scone and listen to the birds chirp as they wake up. Going up the hill each morning I encounter a few runners training for the Ironman competition. They run full speed straight uphill for 2 light poles (about 200 yards), then walk back down. They do this several makes me tired just watching them. I think I’d rather be a “clay man” are much softer but the training is not nearly so tiring! I walk back home in time for the ... read more
Christmas in Hawaii
Day at the beach
Kona sunset

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona December 31st 2018

After several challenges previously documented, everyone settled into our new home. We have stayed in Kona before at the Ali’i Villas but as there wasn’t a unit big enough for all of us, we tried a huge 2 bedroom unit at the Keauhou Surf and Racket Club, at the other end of Ali’i Drive. When booking a new place you try to make good decisions based on pictures and reviews. As we learned in Italy both pictures and reviews can be misleading at times. This was not the case in this instance! Our unit is on the ground floor. It is very spacious with two large bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, a large living room, fully equipped kitchen and a huge lanai that wraps around the condo with openings from both living room and master ... read more
Master bedroom
second bedroom

North America » Canada » British Columbia August 31st 2018

Our last day at sea! The clocks went ahead an hour last night. We attended the illusionist show in the Main Stage last night. We went early enough to get good seats in row 3. The kids were hoping to be chosen as an assistant and although they came close, they didn’t get picked. The show was very entertaining. The fellow was Leon Etienne- check him out on YouTube. He did some great card tricks as well as cutting his assistant in half! Last night turned out to be another unusual night. Grandma woke up about 3:00 to the terrible smell again and she put on her robe and went to Guest Services again. They came to check out the smell and then dispatched crews to clear it out again. She had to go outside on ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan August 30th 2018

We awoke to another day of clear blue skies with wisps of clouds. Everyone slept until 8:30 this morning. I went onto the back deck for my morning coffee in the sunshine as we cruised down the inlet toward Ketchikan. As we got closer, sea planes started buzzing the ship, almost like a welcome to Ketchikan and likely a little advertising for plane excursions! The Ruby Princess was already in port so we tied up further down the pier. Grandma and the kids came up for breakfast then the kids wanted to “wander around” on their own so off they went, checking in every so often....quite independent! We left the ship about 10:30 as the kids were looking forward to disposing of the rest of their disposable income! Ketchikan is a small town, population of 800 ... read more
Downtown Ketchikan
Infamous Duck Boats
Our “discerning shopper”

North America » United States » Alaska August 30th 2018

I woke up this morning and I went out on the deck while the rest of the gang slept in. This was to be our day in Glacier Bay. I grabbed a coffee and went out on the back deck and it was so foggy I cold hardly see 10 feet in front of me. As I was sitting there, I turned and looked the other way and I began to see small pieces of ice floating in the water beside ship. Within minutes, the sun started to peek through the fog and very shortly afterwards there was blue sky and you could see the shoreline very clearly. I quickly went down to our state room two rouse the crowd and get them to come up on deck as the scenery going by was absolutely gorgeous. ... read more
water changed colour as we got closer
lots of bits of the glacier floating in the bay
Getting closer

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway August 29th 2018

Today was a long day.....up at 7:00, breakfast by 8:00, layering up for a 6 1/2 hour excursion up to Carcross. We had a terrific guide, a young gal named Candace who was very knowledgeable. She worked for Frontier Guiding, one of the private companies that was not affiliated with Holland America. Her company employs 9 people and she said they are looked after quite well but her boyfriend works for an affiliate of Holland America and although he is a guide on the helicopter glacier walks, he only makes minimum wage! When you book a tour through the cruise line, they apparently take 60% right off the top. To start our tour she drove through the entire town of Skagway pointing out all the sights and areas we might want to visit when we got ... read more
Jack made it to the Yukon!
Carcross Desert
Sled dog area

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau August 28th 2018

Everyone had a great sleep last night And the kids slept in till 9 o'clock. The time went back an hour as well today. Weather continues to be gray and wet on the outside, thank goodness for the indoor pool! We took advantage of room service again this morning and enjoyed a relaxing breakfast. About mid-morning we saw 2 rather large “tender boats” approaching the ship so Jack and I went on deck to watch as a couple of hundred folks abandoned ship to head off on a 6 hour tour of Tracy Arm Inlet. One Aussie couple were watching with us and commented how they were glad they cancelled their tour as it was so foggy, visibility would be very poor. They saved $540.00 US per person and all they would have gotten was cold ... read more
Bald eagle
dinner at home

North America » Canada » British Columbia August 26th 2018

Everyone had a good sleep last night. We had ordered breakfast to be delivered to our room at 8:00 and right on time there was a knock at the door and good old Wally arrived with our breakfast. Jack was rather ravenous and he ate his cereal, my sausage, grandma's bacon and some fruit. Talia on the other hand only tried some dry toast as the gentle rocking of the boat made her a bit queasy. Grandma and Talia got dressed and went upstairs to get some ”fresh air”. The steward delivered some crackers and green apples to help with Talia's queasiness and it worked. She was back on track quickly. We went out onto the observation deck to take some pictures of the coastline Before having lunch at a restaurant tailor made for the kids ... read more
a quiet game of UNO
Ready for a special dinner out.

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