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Air Trip to Big Island

Saturday, 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.

Breakfast at Harvest

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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.

Harvest Inn Bed & Breakfast

Monday, August 18th, 2008

This is the one place I knew I wanted to stay on our visit. I’m so glad I did. When you stay with Chris & Darolyn, you feel like part of their family. As we walked up to the house, Chris put down his wine and showed us into their home. Previously, he was entertaining past Wine Campers on the porch. Darolyn showed us our room and told us we might want to visit with the Wine Campers outside.

I wanted to take a nap so I laid down for awhile. Steve joined everyone on the front porch. That’s where he learned about various wineries on the island.

After my nap, I joined Steve on the porch and talked with others about their winery visits. Chris even called North Fork Table to see if they could squeeze us in tonight. We decided to keep our reservations at Jedediah Hawkins.

Lavender by the Bay

Monday, August 18th, 2008

As we drove away from By The Bluff B&B, we ran right into Lavender By The Bay.  We stopped and looked around at the lavender farm…quite interesting.  I’ve always read about lavender and the calming effect it has.  I had fun looking around and seeing their huge farm in back.

Breakfast By The Bluff

Monday, August 18th, 2008

I woke up and read the clock wrong.  I thought it said 8:30 so I got out of bed and took a shower since breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:30.  When I got out of the shower I realized I had read the clock wrong.  It was really 7:30am.  And, I could have slept another hour.  Oh well, I had some time to write!

Breakfast was delicious!  French Toast with Cooked Apples, Quiche, Fresh Berries…yummy!

After breakfast, Patricia showed us the Main Suite they just opened this year.  The room is named after her aunt, Auntie Kate, and is a gorgeous suite with a claw foot tub.  I love the colors Patricia uses in the entire house.  Truly classy!

We’re off to visit some wineries, cheese shops and whatever else comes our way!

By The Bluff

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

By The Bluff

Off to East Marion the northern tip of Long Island’s North Shore.  We finally pulled into the driveway of our B&B, By The Bluff.  Patricia greeted us with a hug at the front door.  She showed us around their lovely home and introduced us to their 2 big saint bernards that weigh about 170 pounds, really!

As we walked upstairs, Patricia told us we picked a lovely room.  She was right.  The Leitrim Room was gorgeous with dark wood floors, white wrought-iron bed and classy white decor.  I loved it.  Then she showed us the lovely sitting room and bathroom off the side.  I’m sitting at the old-fashiioned dressing table as I type.  Patricia has thought of everything as she has a huge walk-in closet with lots of extras (iron, hair dryer, shoe rack, extra blankets and towels).  There’s even a cute towel wrap around to wear after your shower.

Before dinner, we walked to the beach which is about 2 minutes down the road.  It is gorgeous. The beaches were covered with smooth rocks and pebbles.   We learned from our waiter that the beaches on Long Island Sound (north side of north shore) are covered with pebbles and the Peconic Bay (south side of north shore) beaches have sand.

Off to Sagamore Hill

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

After a series of crazy events, we finally got Gentry off to Philadelphia to meet Grandma. She’ll spend the rest of her senior trip with my mom. My mom takes each granddaughter to Pennsylvania after they graduate.

It was quite interesting getting her off as our plans changed frequently. The rental car place did not have any cars in Manhattan so we took a cab to La Guardia because they were suppose to have cars at the airport. Wrong! But we only waited about 15 minutes and received an upgrade to a Jeep Cherokee. (Note to self: Cars are probably not available in NYC when you make reservation.)

Finally, we were on our way down Long Island. Our first stop was Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt’s home. Before he married, TR bought 155 acres atop the hill overlooking Oyster Bay. After he & Edith were married, they moved into the huge house. TR’s requirements for the house was it be big enough for a large family…lots of kids.

We toured the grounds and saw their pet cementery where several dogs and horses were buried. As we visited rooms in his home, I was pleasantly surprised to see books in almost every room. From my readings, TR read about 5 books a week. There is even an article he wrote calleld, “The Books That I Read And When and How I Do My Reading, by Theodore Roosevelt”. He sounds like my kind of person. We discovered that his Gun Room has more books than any other room in the house.

Michael Phelps’ 8 Gold Medals

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Gentry rushed back to the room in hopes of watching Michael Phelps compete for his 8th gold medal in this Olympics.  We arrived around 11pm – race time!  The team was walking on to the platform and we got to watch history being made.

The Lion King

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

We rushed to the Minske Theater on Broadway for our show since we didn’t realize how late it was after dinner. We sat down less than 5 minutes before the curtain rose. All of us wondered how they would perform this animal play with people. It was amazing! Actually, Gentry told me later she wasn’t sure if she would really like it since people were acting as animals. Afterward, she said it was one of the coolest shows she has ever seen. We all agreed!

During intermission we could look down on Broadway and see all the people on Times Square. Minske Theater was a great location as you were right in the middle of things, but you didn’t have to be on the street.

Another great event for our last night.