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North America » United States » Hawaii » Waikoloa June 18th 2021

So much has happened since I last wrote. Tuesday night Jeanne took us to the Hilton Hotel Resort in Waikoloa for a sunset dinner on the patio overlooking the Pacific. Felt like we walked a mile through winding corridors and past a swimming area that reminded me of a lazy river surrounding four or five pools with water slides and waterfalls cascading over lava rocks. No crappy look alike cement here, real lava rocks. Yesterday I took Gerri and Becky to my favorite beach, Hapuna State Park. The water is so crystal clear and pretty warm. Lots of people but everyone pretty much social distancing, so it was wonderful. Gerri asked me if the sea turtles every got close to the shore, I pointed and said “like that one?” And she shrieked and hid behind me. ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kilauea June 16th 2021

Yesterday was our first full day in HI. Jeanne had to work so we headed to the Pink Mocha Cafe for frou-frou drinks and snacks. Starting at 10:30 the three mainlanders had hour and a half massages, compliments of Jeanne. Mother’s Day present for Gerri and me, graduation for Becky. Then we hit Costco, Target, and Safeway to load up on food for the beachside house we head to tomorrow. Made shrimp scampi and garlic bread and we ate on the lanai as the sun set. Today started out with an early morning walk on the lava and sand beach. From there we took a tour of the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory and got to learn about how to make chocolate from pod to end product. This farm has 1600 cacao trees on one acre of ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona June 15th 2021

Lots to tell. Left Gerri’s yesterday afternoon to stay in Hotel near BWI. Had to get up at 3:30 this morning to catch first flight. One and three-quarters hour flight to Nashville. Walked off that plane and immediately boarded flight to LAX. Five hours later we deplaned at Terminal 1 and had to find Hawaiian Air. I can literally say now that I hate LAX. Our flight was scheduled for 12:10, and we got there at 9:30, so you would think we had plenty for time to find our flight. Oh no! We ended up walking around for over a half hour looking for any sort of customer service rep. We found a lot of places that said it you walked through door, you would have to go through TSA again to re-enter. Can you say ... read more

North America » United States » Maryland » Westminster June 13th 2021

Let the adventure really begin. Today was a red letter day. We had to drive about 90 miles to accomplish it, but we got our covid tests and are all negative. Thank you, universe. Had a lovely breakfast with Gerri’s friends before we headed home to laundry and packing. I took grandkids out for dinner and we had a blast talking about upcoming trip for Becky and new college semester courses for both. 6:30 am can checkin for flight to LAX and 11 am for flight to HI. Am much more relaxed and excited about trip now. Worrying about which test we would have to get and timing to get it was nerve-wracking. But type and timing verified today. Had results in less than three hours. We got to do it to ourselves and only had ... read more

North America » United States » Maryland » Westminster June 6th 2021

Today is my grandson Andy's 21st birthday. I missed his birth because I was on reserve duty in Naples Italy at the time, but when I got home I spent 6 weeks with the family helping out. I am sorry I missed his birth, but I will always remember where I was on that day. He asked for alcohol as a birthday present, and since he probably never had a drink in his life, I thought that was kind of interesting. So he and his mom figured out some drinks he might like to try and they are going to present them one day at a time. No alcoholic blackout for this boy. Tomorrow I head to Allentown to spend 5 days with my brother. Of course that means I will have to hit the farmers' ... read more

North America » United States » Maryland » Westminster June 4th 2021

The summer of 2021 is almost officially here. Yesterday my granddaughter graduated from high school. Big difference from when her brother graduated three years ago. Then entire families jammed into the field house at McDaniel College. This ceremony took place in an agricultural exhibit hall with only 4 tickets per family. Becky says it is called the cow palace. A big open cement floored building with giant fans slowly spinning and sprinkler heads that looked more like rain shower heads than commercial sprinklers. Giant signs announcing upcoming events instead of sports champion flags. Plastic wobbly chairs instead of bleachers. The weather held off until graduation was over and then the rains began. It wasn’t too bad at first, so we joined the throngs headed to the high school where photo op areas were set up. It ... read more

North America » United States » Maine June 17th 2018

Ran out of room last blog. Did you know that the peninsulas in Maine look like fingers and US 1 cuts across the knuckles? Just a little trivia from the lady at the visitor’s center in Bath. Forgot to mention we stopped there first yesterday. The visitor’s center was in an old railroad station directly in front of the secured Bath Shipworks. She told us they were closed to the public because they were building a Zumwalt class destroyer and a new stealth class destroyer. It looks like it is all angles with no outside decks. She told us the design confused radar into thinking it was a fishing boat until it was too late. For a secret it seems pretty public. We had to go over a bridge on our way to the peninsulas and ... read more

North America » United States » Maine June 17th 2018

Well eveyone, it is about that time. We should be on the road heading for Carol’s house before nine am tomorrow. So time to catch up on last two days. Yesterday was lighthouse day. We thought about going up to Bar Harbor but figured over three hours each way would cramp our style. Instead we headed to Boothbay and Pemaquid Lighthouse. On the way down the peninsula we found Fort Edgemore, a Revolutionary and Civil War fort set on a promontory overlooking a breathtaking cove. It looked so peaceful. Was built to protect a port further inland because of rumors in both wars that the port was a target. Never materialized though. Bunker looked like an Eagle’s nest home, with eight sides having windows for cannons and slots for riflemen. Onward we drove to the lighthouse. ... read more

North America » United States » Maine June 17th 2018

From there we went to Kennebunkport. I can see why the Bush’s love it. It is a really quaint harbor town with cutesy shops and restaurants like other seaside places. We wandered the shops and then ate at a waterside rustic establishment. I had my second lobster roll and my last. Still can not figure out why people are impressed. Yes, you get a decent amount of lobster and different places serve it with different dressings, usually drawn butter or mayo, but really, it is served on a hot dog bun, not even some fancy artisan bread. It is a small pile of lobster and it ain’t cheap. Clam chowder was good though. I have had it at three places so far and all were excellent. My biggest disappointment is everyone only has steamer clams. I ... read more

North America » United States » Maine June 17th 2018

We have been so busy that I forgot to blog, so here go three days at once. Thursday dawned chilly and damp. Seems we had a storm and cold front blow in overnight. But... since we had been proactive and bought trolley and harbor cruise tickets before storm hit, we bravely put on coats, grabbed umbrellas and headed across Casco Bay into downtown Portland. We had given ourselves a lot of time to get there and find a parking space because the website warned us, and we ended up parked right next to the boat at DeMillos floating restaurant, a converted ferry. So we wandered a few blocks and ended up stopping at the Holey Donut where we picked up a couple of wild blueberry donuts. Really rich, took us two days to eat them. The ... read more

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