Air Trip to Big Island

August 29th, 2009

This morning we took a small engine airplane touring Maui & the Big Island.  What an adventure.  I’m not really into heights…or bumpy airplane rides.  And they put me in the co-pilot seat.  At first, I was unsure as we flew over the water, but I quickly got used to it.  We saw waterfalls that we never would have seen in a car.  They flowed down the sides of the sea cliffs.  The Hana Highway was wonderful, too.

It took 10 minutes to fly from Maui to the Big Island, a distance of 28 miles at the closest points between the 2 islands.  More waterfalls, sugar/pineapple farms, rainforests.  Hilo is the wettest city in the US, with about 220-250 inches rain/year.  Then, we headed to the volcano and saw it spewing out at the water’s edge.  You can see the lava coming out, too.  The hot steam warms the water and adds to the island’s edge.  The island’s edge is always changing with the lava flow adding to the island and the water eroding away the island.

We headed to the saddleback of Big Island between the 2 mountains.  Then, off to the dry side of the island that gets very little rain.  We made our way back to Maui and Halakeala Crater, which we had ridden down 2 days ago.  Molikini Island looked just like the pictures, a horseshoe crater with great snorkeling.  Along the south and west side of Maui, it was great to get our bearings of where everything is.

As we made our landing we flew through a wind shear…with some big bumps, but we made it down safely.  I survived!  Yea!  It was actually a lot of fun.

Lahaina Art Galleries

August 28th, 2009

Before dinner, we strolled down Lahaina’s Front Street to see the art galleries and shop.  Friday night is Art Night, so some of the galleries serve snacks and wine.  We were impressed by the fact that several artists have their main gallery on Front Street.  One gallery in particular had many originals.  We saw originals of Durer’s Ascension, Taking Down the Cross and 2 others.  They were small, either pen & ink or woodcuts, about 5 x 7.  They also had an original self-portrait of Rembrandt and a much larger Rembrandt of Christ coming down from the cross.  The gallery boasted many originals from Picasso, Dali, Chagall and even Red Skelton.  Did you know Red Skelton painted?  I didn’t

Warren & Annabelle’s

August 28th, 2009

We’ve heard all about Warren & Annabelle’s so we decided to take in their show.  We’re not really into magic, but the reviews are outstanding. When you first get there, you spend time in the Parlor, enjoying appetizers, drinks & Annabelle’s piano playing.  Annabelle is a “ghost” that plays the piano.  There’s a long story about her missing husband and her playing the piano to comfort herself.  The pupus (appetizers) are delicious – crab, shrimp, chicken, pork.  We each got to choose a dessert.  Mine was Raspberry White Chocolate cheesecake…yummy.  Steve got Pots De Creme and Ashley, of course, choose Creme Brulee. Off to Warren’s magic show. Warren is truly a comedian and the show was fantastic.  It’s not even worth trying to figure out how he does some of his magic. Card tricks, disappearing acts, reappearing acts, appearing out of thin space and much more! He is outstanding & entertaining at the same time.  We highly recommend this show.  You’ll love it.

Snorkeling

August 28th, 2009

We had a lazy morning today…sleeping in which we desperately needed.  We decided to snorkel in Honolua Bay.  We felt like we were swimming in an aquarium – yellow, purple, red, blue fish.  Coral growing on the rocks.  Oh yeah, a blue tuna being chased by a young woman.  Steve told me he saw a blue tuna being chased by a girl and 5 minutes later I saw the tuna…being chased by the young woman.

Then, we headed down the road to see the Blowhole.  It’s a place in the rocks that shoots water up to 70 feet.  It reminded me of  a small Old Faithful in the sea, only this shot up every few minutes.  The views were gorgeous as we drove back to our condo for lunch.

This afternoon we headed to Kapalua Bay for more snorkeling and relaxation.  I tried snorkeling for awhile, but it was a bit murky.  So, I laid on the sand and enjoyed a  new novel, Comfort Food.  Steve snorkeled a little more.  Then, he took a walk, stopping for a drink at the nearby restaurant that overlooked the ocean.  Ashley & I took it easy.

All in all, a relaxing day.

Haleakala Sunrise & Bike Trip

August 26th, 2009

We made it to the other side of Maui by 3am for our bike trip.  Our driver told us about the area as he drove us in the dark up the mountain.  Once we arrived, we realized everyone was right that it is freezing on top the crater.  We had layers of clothes, as well as blankets from our condo.  As we sat in the dark, we wondered if this was worth the early morning wake-up call.  We also wondered what was in front of us, near the crater.  The stars were awesome…all over the sky.

As the sun rose, we realized clouds were all around the crater.  We were on top of the clouds…sort of like looking at the moon.  The sunrise was absolutely gorgeous as it outlined the tops of the clouds just a bit.  Then, it burst through the clouds.  I snapped photos as quickly as I could click the button.

After a few more pics, we took the van down to our drop off station.  It took a little while to get used to braking most of the time, but I finally got used to it and picked up some speed.  The views were wonderful.  Since we were on a self-guided tour, we could go at our own speed.  No groups…yea!

I realized we experienced this trip so much differently than we would if we were in a car or even a motorcycle.  I could smell what was around me, the lavender & other scents were so much fun.

We stopped for breakfast in Makawao.  It felt so good to drink some coffee and take in the local flavor!  We loved the little coffee shop on the side of the road.  Then, we walked through the town to see the sites – art galleries, glass blowing, gift shops.

Next, we stopped at a church completely made out of volcanic rock.  I loved looking  at it, just wished we could have gone inside.  Then, we stopped at the local Catholic church and finally made it back to Paia.

Paia is a unique town, with all sorts of people.  The shops are fun and the people funnier.  We drove to Twin Falls, which isn’t worth your time.  Then, we returned to Paia for lunch at the Fish Company on the corner.  That was worth it.  About 6 table that you share with whomever sits next to you.  Food was good too!

Back to Kapalua, with a few scenic stops along the way.

We enjoyed the sunset from Whaler’s Village beach, as well as dinner on the beach – Leilani’s.  We walked the board walk and decided we like staying in Kapalua – not near as many people, but just as many beaches.

Hawaii, Here We Come

August 25th, 2009

Today, we left for Ashley’s college graduation trip to Hawaii.  It took awhile to get here because we drove from College Station to Houston, flew from Houston to Honolulu, flew from Honolulu to Maui, drove to Kapalua Villas.  Yea…we made it!

Our condo overlooks the fairview and the ocean…stunning sunset!

We enjoyed a quiet & relaxing dinner at Pineapple Grill.  I had the lobster bisque…yummy!  Better get to bed because we have to wake up at 1:45am for our Sunrise Bike Trip

Friday Night Lights

November 10th, 2008

Hunter’s interception against Waco

Hunter with his 2 biggest fans :-)

Quilt Show Fun

November 3rd, 2008

Last Friday, Ashley & I drove to Houston for the International Quilt Show.  We met my mom in Hempstead and all drove downtown together.  We had a blast.  I forgot how much I enjoy crafts, fabric and needle work.  I rarely did any of that in Idaho.  I guess I never found places to inspire me in these areas.

On Saturday, I sat down to make a pillow from felted wool, but one of the pieces in the kit was wrong.  So I couldn’t even cut the background piece to get started.  I was pumped up & ready make something…anything.  On to the next project I got yesterday.

Have you seen needle punching?  It’s the lastest fad, and lots of fun.  I couldn’t find my embroidery floss.  I know I saw it when I unpacked my craft boxes this summer, but now I can’t remember where I put it.  So, off to Joann’s Fabrics.  I decided to make a pumpkin, in time for Thanksgiving.  I may use it as a coaster.

Here’s the back.  You can see the special needle inserted into the weaver’s cloth.

Here’s the front.  No, it’s not finished.  When I get it finished I’ll post a picture.  It goes very fast, so I hope to finish it this week.

Breakfast at Harvest

August 19th, 2008

Breakfast was served around 9am in a wonderful setting. It was true New York style with the noise level growing in intensity. In other words, it was getting louder as we ate. All the others at the table were from New York. We enjoyed visiting with past Wine Campers and learning about their winery experiences in California and New York.

We also enjoyed Chris’ wonderful breakfast, fresh fruit, banana/blueberry bread, frittata with home grown zucchini, and potatoes. All of it was delicious. I never thought about putting zucchini in eggs, but I really liked it!

We felt so at home at Harvest Inn. When we return, we will probably spend all our nights with Darolyn & Chris!

If you are interested in learning about wine, wineries or getting the scoop about North Fork, then stay at the Harvest Inn. Twice Chris called the owners to see if we could do something special. He called North Fork Table and Castello DiBorghese winery for us. We took him up on the special tour of DeBorghese vineyards, a winemakers walk with the winemaker, Marco!

Let me just say that Chris & Darolyn know the wineries in the area and can give you expert advice for your North Fork stay!

Jedediah Hawkins Inn

August 18th, 2008

We got lost going to Jedediah Hawkins, but finally pulled into their gorgeous driveway. The Inn was the Designer Showcase a few years ago where several designers pulled together their talents and refurbished this house that was falling apart. Let me just say, this inn is beautiful. It is worth going just to see how beautiful it is.

We waited for them to reset our table and enjoyed a quiet meal. We split the soft-shell crab. I had a bowl of wild mushroom soup that was great along with their spice rolls. The sauce under the crab was wonderful. We’re both not sure about eating the soft shells, but we did anyway.

I had a glass of Martha Clara Shiraz that really grew on me as I enjoyed it. Steve had a glass of Cabernet, I believe from Macari.

Although I enjoyed another evening of chef cooked food, I think I would have enjoyed at least one casual dinner. We already ate at Bobby Flay’s and Scrimshaws and we plan to eat at the Frisy Oyster tomorrow night. If I could do it again, I would have found a cool, casual restaurant that had fried shrimp or hamburgers. Something not too fancy and down to earth.