Monthly Archives: September 2013

What I Did Last Summer

Now that the kids are back in school, I’ll update the badly neglected blog with the requisite back to school assignment “What I Did Last Summer”

1)       Went to Maui.
Hate on me all you want, but I had a free place to stay and a free car to drive (that probably didn’t quell any hatred).

Here’s what we did…

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Sun Rising Over Haleakala July 4th 2013

Nakalele Blow Hole

Nakalele Blow Hole

Got sprayed by a blow hole (standing safely FAR from the hole)

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Warning Sign at Nakalele Blow Hole

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Honolua Bay

Snorkeled with turtles, seals,  and beautiful fish

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Seven Sacred Pools in Hana

Drove the back way into Hana and fulfilled a life time dream to swim in the Seven Sacred Pools….

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Nothing Sacred About these Pools

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Walked through a Bamboo Forest

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Enjoyed the food and festivities at First Friday

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Jumped off a cliff to a cheering crowd of 8 year olds who put me to shame
That’s Thing 2 who also put me to shame.
So did Thing 1 and Dr. Malibu.

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Walked through a Lava tube

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Tiki Torches at Sunset

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Sunset at the Four Season in Maui

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Sunset on the Lanai

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Handstands in the sands

Enjoyed 8 nights of Sunsets

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Snuck into a Luau

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Gave my kids the experience of a life time!

2)      Grew tomatoes.
Buckets of tomatoes.  Cherry, Roma, I picked bowls and bowls of tomatoes.  I made pasta sauce, after sauce, after sauce, and salsa, and salad after salad and tomato soup.  They are still producing.
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3)      Went to Alaska
Dr. Malibu had never been.  He’s such a fan of Hawaii.   I knew he would love Alaska.

In four short days we went to:  Anchorage, Gridwood, Whittier, Seward, Wasilla and Palmer.

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Alyeska – I spent a lot of my childhood here

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Ferry in Whittier

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Fireweed at Hatchers Pass

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Dr. Malibu Catches a Silver!

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Alaska Railroad

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He’s ready to go back.  So am I.

4)      Fostered puppies
While they all found good homes, I bonded.  The broken bond needed to be mended.

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Four Pit Brindle Puppies

Thing 2 and I went to the Van Nuys Shelter and found this girl.  She was 6 months old and ready for a real home.  We call her Maui.

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