Thursday, August 17, 2017

2017-06-19 - Monday - Deer lounge

Monday night Stephanie and I pulled into the driveway and I noticed two large does resting in the back yard, ears up like satellite dishes. They looked at us, but didn't bother getting up; too much trouble I guess. We walked past them and into the house.

When I told Karen about them she went out with her phone to try to capture more photos and they were standing by the fence, grazing. She flashed a couple of photos (that didn't come out) and they stopped grazing long enough to look up at her and went right back to eating grass as if we weren't there.

They are getting way too used to people.

Original photo

Lightened to see more.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017-06-18 - Sunday - Art from Poland

Stephanie and Brett wanted a "thumbprint tree" for the guest book at their wedding reception so I found one on Etsy that would be custom made --in Poland. It was a great deal, with lots of options to customize it, and the shipping was only about $15. It even came with three color choices of thumb ink pads.

It arrived and looked great. The print is actually on canvas stretched over a wooden frame. Unfortunately I did not remember to snap a photo of the finished tree, but here's the shop so you can check it out yourself. StudioGoldArte.


Monday, August 7, 2017

2017-06-17 - Saturday - Leaving Hawaii

Before leaving for the airport we took a stroll around the man-made lagoon at the hotel and visited the marina.

The lagoon was filled with calm salt water and would be great for families with small children.

The marina was large and full of very impressive boats.

While walking along the edge of the marina I saw a puffer fish. Not just any puffer fish; this one was over a foot long. I'd never seen one that large and quickly grabbed a video of it foraging.

Soon it was off to the airport to start our mind-numbing journey home. We left Honolulu at 5 pm on Saturday, arrived in Minneapolis at 5 am on Sunday, and then in Charlotte at 12 pm Sunday. We didn't get any sleep on the plane and crashed for a while when we got home.

The lagoon.

The marina.

I think it's odd that when I zoom in the audio also appears to "zoom in".


Sunday, August 6, 2017

2017-06-16 - Friday - Pearl Harbor

Friday we took a bus tour to Pearl Harbor. It was a very moving experience, especially the USS Arizona memorial.

The U.S. Parks service only sells 1300 tickets per day for the USS Arizona memorial so you have to line up early. Our bus picked us up at 5:00 am and our driver, Tiho, who is from Bulgaria, stopped by a Leonard's, a Portuguese bakery and picked up some malasadas. While we were standing in line at around 6:00 am, he handed out the still-warm malasadas, saying, "Do you see all these other people standing here in line? They don't have donuts --but you do!". He was definitely a character.

The anchor.

Our ticket for the 7:45 tour.

On the boat to the USS Arizona memorial,
passing a docked aircraft carrier.

Pulling up to the memorial.

Gun turret number 3.

The wall of names of those lost on the Arizona.

From the deck of the memorial we could see the USS Missouri,
where the treaty was signed that ended the war with Japan.
We were able to see the ships that represented
the beginning and ending of the war at one time.

After Pearl Harbor, Tiho took us to several areas around Honolulu, including seeing the rain forest in one of the many reserves including a nice view of Honolulu.

We visited Aliiolani Hale where we saw the statue of King Kamehameha that seemed to be a staple of 60's television shows.

We stopped by the docks and fed the tropical fish. These are fish I'd only seen in aquariums before that day and here they were being hand-fed in the wild.

Back at the hotel we attended the Brian Wilson concert on the green. It was good, but without the rest of the original members and their harmonies it sounded more like a Beach Boys tribute band. If you'd like to see an amazing visualization of the Beach Boys harmonies, check this out.

Later still, we were off to the Ocean House for a great meal right next to the surf at Waikiki. Oh, and another Coconut Hiwa Porter.