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Thursday, September 21, 2017
  • 2017 Travel Log: Day 14, Hawaii Vacation
    This is it. It’s our last day. The tide quickly turned from beaches and bicycles and touring around to cleaning up and packing. The daughter was flying off first so in a moment of bonding, she took my wife shopping to a fabric store my wife had . . .
  • 2017 Travel Log: Day 13, Hawaii Vacation
    I have noticed that there are no more coconuts just lying around the island like there were 30 years ago. People actually put them in roadside stands with a price, usually between 5 and 7 dollars. A fresh coconut would really be nice . . .
  • 2017 Travel Log: Day 12, Hawaii Vacation
    Today was a day that I attempted to hone my skills at doing nothing. After all, this is a vacation: an extended period of activity done for enjoyment or pleasure. It is not easy for some people like myself to do nothing . . .
  • 2017 Travel Log: Day 11, Hawaii Vacation
    Time is running short. We have only a few days left before we head back to our home in Maine where we keep the temperature inside our home not that much warmer than Hawaiians keep their refrigerators. . . .
  • 2017 Travel Log: Day 10, Hawaii Vacation
    There is a McDonald's in town but I am voted down when I suggested eating breakfast there. It doesn't look like a typical McDonald's as it is tastefully hidden behind a wall of tropical vegetation apparently to conform with the . . .
  • 2017 Travel Log: Day 9, Hawaii Vacation
    The wife and I ride our bikes into town for breakfast. I am looking for fresh Hawaiian fruit bowls but can not find any in town. I settle for a bagel and cream cheese with my coffee. When I am finished I notice another customer . . .
  • 2017 Travel Log: Day 8, Hawaii Vacation
    It's Valentine's Day. At 3:46 a.m. something happens in the field outside our cottage and what I assume is a goose honks non-stop. Then all the roosters start cockle-doodle-do-ing. They don't crow all night long but they have . . .
  • 2017 Travel Log: Day 7, Hawaii Vacation
    I thought I was getting used to the roosters but I finally had to jump out of bed just before dawn and do some chicken chasing. Then I went back inside and got my pants on. My tolerance level was up there for awhile but when they . . .
  • 2017 Travel Log: Day 6, Hawaii Vacation
    The daughter and boyfriend take off in the morning to go surfing. They come back with a chip off the boyfriend's surf board and also a chip off his ankle. The board must go in for repair but the ankle is taken care of at the cottage. . . .
  • 2017 Travel Log: Day 5, Hawaii Vacation
    It was a hard rain all night long. Not just any rain but a tropical, torrential rain; the kind that can wash a cottage like ours away, down the stream, into the ocean and gone without a trace. I am writing this because I saw a weather . . .
  • 2017 Travel Log: Day 4, Hawaii Vacation
    There was a new noise this morning; it's a foreign sound in February yet a familiar one; oh yes, that's it: the neighbors are cutting the lawn on a riding mower. One thing about living in the northeast: everything goes dormant in . . .
  • 2017 Travel Log: Day 3, Hawaii Vacation
    4:30 a.m., it is still perfectly dark. We awake to what seems to be a major disturbance in the force. Back home you may hear a snow plow dragging in the distance but winter mornings are a quiet time. Here in the dark there is a growing volume . . .
  • 2017 Travel Log: Day 2, Hawaii Vacation
    When you walk to the bathroom at night, the tile floor is not cold. It's not a heated floor, it's just Hawaii. When you turn on the faucet in the sink, the temperature of the water seems to be just about right. If you want hot water you will have . . .
  • 2017 Travel Log: Day 1, Hawaii on Vacation
    Don't think you need a vacation? You will after packing for the trip and getting the house ready before you to leave. There is everything from bill paying to house cleaning. This is just in case you get hit by a tour bus and never come back . . .
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