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Monthly Archives: November 2014

North Shore

What a wonderful day to get out of the Honolulu and Waikiki Beach area. The constant feeling of too many people in my space has taken its toll. If it wasn’t for the place we were staying, which we had to use or lose, we would have never stayed in town.

Driving out of town we headed around the base of Diamond Head again on the search for turtles and dolphins. With big wave season starting most of them stay away but return when the waves calm down again.

Stopping for a quick swim near Chinaman’s Hat we meet a nice couple with their two kids from San Diego, walking the beach. We have a nice chat with them and Melanie teaches the kids how to catch sand crabs. The kids were laughing and squealing with the fun they are having and we wish our grandson Caleb was with us.

Up the road we find the famous Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck and stop for a quick lunch. The wait for our food was long, but so worth it. We had a couple dishes of Shrimp Scampi with rice and signed our names on the big white food truck, which is what you are encouraged to do.

We stopped at the Kalalua Ranch and went on a bus tour of movie sites and where the “Lost” TV series was filmed. It was pretty cool to see the beautiful area that Hollywood had borrowed. We took some pictures just to say we were there.

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Godzilla’s footprint

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Driving up to the North Shore we found our hostel, a great place called BackPackers. This place use to be owned by the iconic surfer, Mark Foo, who died in a surfing accident in 1994. His sister still runs the place and surfers from all over the world find their way here to surf the giant waves, up to 60 foot, that this place is known for.

Several surfers are already here and the night starts with music and drinking from the hostelers.

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Taking a break we walk down the street to the Shark Cover Grill for a great meal across from beach. I had a Poke bowl with raw Ahi, edemame, limu and sea asparagus over white rice with a Shoyu sauce which was , hand down, the best meal I have had an the island.
The tiki torches were lit at sunset for some Incredible views.

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We went back to the Shark Cove Grill for supper again the next night, it was so good. I had a Kalua pork, grilled, two cheese sandwich with sourdough bread and Melanie had the Kalua pork in a bowl. Just fantastic! Here are some more pictures of the sunset tonight.

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It was another great evening spent with a couple girls from Toronto, Sarah and Alissa. Fun night.
Cheers

Greg “WANDRR” and Melanie

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Hawaiian culture

To have the privilege of staying at the Wyndham, that I was pressured into buying last year, I was forced to go to another sales pitch. You should have seen the salesman’s face when Melanie and I told him what we really thought about the property. He couldn’t get rid of us quick enough.

We jumped in our car and headed up the coast for the Polynesian Cultural Center. The drive was slow going but with the multi colored blues of the Pacific Ocean on the right and steep green, lush tropical mountains with the deep ravines cut into the sides on the left winding through the small towns, who wants to rush. Coming around a corner we come across the famous Shrimp truck featured on the food network. Pulling over we ordered a basic Hawaiian staple for lunch, two scoop rice and chili which is as good as ever.

Arriving at the Cultural Center we hop on a large double pontoon wood boat with two drivers that push us with wooden poles through the entertainment complex to the far end so we just have to walk back. We arrive just in time for a parade of boats celebrating the various Polynesian countries. Very well done with music and dancing. After the parade we wandered over to a Hawaiian show that was very well done teaching about the history of the Hawaiian culture. Between these two things and an incredibly well done movie about the island, I felt those were worth the price charged for admission. There is so much more to do you should time your visit to spend a whole day.

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During this show I had thoughts about my own heritage, which I know nothing about. Here was a Hawaiian man talking about 1500 years of traditions and I couldn’t trace mine 3 generations. It must be humbling to be able to follow your heritage so many generations. As a country we must have one of the weakest feeling of belonging of most countries. We really are just a mixed basket of mutts.

We ended our day with a quick trip to north shore to watch some of the pro surfers tearing up the waves at Sunset Beach. Hungry now we headed to the other side of North Beach for a great pork and fish taco for supper at Killer Tacos, probably the best I’ve ever had.

Greg “WANDRR” and Melanie

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Birthday vs No Job Celebration

Our trip was planned as a Birthday celebration for Melanie but has morphed into a discovery and planning celebration. As I sit here at LAX and watch the planes shuttle people to various destinations I think of our next three flights, two of them aboard a Chinese and Russian airliner. I also wonder when my jumping point will be and where I will land, if only to start the long adventure.

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The first full day on Oahu proved to be a very full day. After trying to acclimate to the new time zone we headed out to breakfast at the Cheeseburger Honolulu. The breakfast was American traditional, but the conversation with our waitress was interesting. She told us she came to the island because she was running away from small town minds. It always amazed me how many people end up in places because of pain suffered in a different life. Hope all works out for her.

We then felt ready for a hike up to the top of Diamond Head.

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The hike is medium level but the end involves over 500 steps to the WW2 bunkers 800 feet above Honolulu with brilliant views in all directions. This was well worth the effort but shoes other than flip-flops would have been welcome as I am paying for not wearing my boots tonight.

After leaving the crater we headed up the coast to a small beach called Lanikae Beach. It’s away from the tourists but still not private enough. The water was warm with a small break and perfect for swimming. The views were fantastic with several mountainous islands within view.

Our last stop of the day was back at Waikiki Beach and sunset at Duke’s, an iconic bar and restaurant on the beach. The views of Diamond Head were great but the sunset was a disappointment, as the clouds closed in as the sun was near the end of its day.

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Next to us at the bar was a bloke from OZ. The conversation was brilliant and several drinks were shared. Those chaps from down under sure can put them away. The evening came to an end with the long walk back to the car with blistered feet.
Cheers

Greg “WANDRR” and Melanie

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New door

Well, yesterday was Halloween and my last day of work at Desert Valley Hospital. It seems the business aspect of health care got in the way of my working there and they said goodbye. Well, actually they didn’t say anything, but nothing personal.

Today was a new day and Melanie’s birthday so we spent the day packing and getting ready for our trip tomorrow to Honolulu. Yeah, vacation. It is much needed as our last day off was 5 weeks ago at Horizons Unlimited in Yosemite.

Leaving HU and all of our friends, and watching several start their adventures and several others continue on their multi year adventures is difficult as I want nothing more than to follow along and be on the road, passport in hand. Luckily we have social media so following along and seeing all the wonderful places they visit is just a click away.

Someday soon the long adventure will be ours so we will continue to work towards that goal while we enjoy our current fantastic life and our shorter epic, to us, adventures.
Meanwhile I will wait for the next employment door to open and get ready for our morning flight.

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Cheers

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