Sunday, February 2, 2014
Hawaii was such an awesome vacation destination in 2009. We had great weather which is usually to be expected in the South Pacific. The breeze from the beach while sitting under an umbrella table at the outside bar of the Hilton at Waikiki beach was warm and the view was picturesque. I never wanted to leave yet all great vacations come to end when you know on your plane ticket there is a return date!!
We had a blast driving around the Island. We visited the old Dole Pineapple Plantation and the quaint and popular area of North shore. Our visit was in March and there were no extreme waves when we were there. I loved the area towns for their small town feel with a laid back atmosphere.
We wanted to go snorkeling while we were at Hanauma Bay but it was closed due to an influx of jellyfish. I was pretty happy that they had the forethought to close the beach even though we had stopped at Costco and bought all the gear! I had a childhood encounter with a very large man-of-war in the Gulf of Mexico that still haunts me to this day. If only the beach had been closed that day but that is a story for another day.
Our favorite place to dine was Jimmy Buffet's at the Beachcomber. The food was not only fantastic but the service was awesome. We also visited the Honolulu Surfing Museum that is located there too. It had such a rich history of surfing and you know that Hawaii is known for it! There is an extensive collection of surfboards and photo history. We loved it and we aren't even surfers!
Another highlight before we left the Island was to climb up to the top of the Diamond Head crater. I captured awesome photographs of the city on one side and the Diamond Head lighthouse on the other as shown above. To check out additional photographs of our trip visit my gallery at http://carol-eliassen.artistwebsites.com/
We can't wait to check out the other Islands one day but we know we will be back to Oʻahu again!
Friday, January 31, 2014
The San Juan Islands are usually cold, windy and rainy during the winter months but the views are spectacular. The hotels are inexpensive compared to the hustle and bustle of the summer months.
You can enjoy a warm cozy room on a rainy day while watching the boats in the harbor. I find that my favorite place is Rosario Resort on Orcas Island. Over the years we have found that we enjoy the quiet time and intimacy of the location during the months of January and February. Rosario Resort has a lot of history and the last time we visited we bought music from the local Manager who played the piano/organ.
Seattle Mayor and Shipbuilder Robert Moran built the mansion at Rosario Resort after the turn of the century. You can actually visualize the croquet parties that must have taken place out on the lawn that is lined with the old style lighting. It is a beautiful place in winter and summer.
It's also rumored that the wife of a previous Owner (Rheem) still resides there as a ghost. Some say she wears red pjs and rides a loud Harley.
It's really not spooky just beautiful and comfortable. Can't wait to go back!
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