Update 13 the end of the Ooh Tour

Waves in the sands of Waikiki

Jet travel is amazing. We zip through the air at 600 mph, flying over vast oceans, over horrible weather, all while watching movies and eating our TV-dinners. Of course the downside of any long flight is: it is long. Sitting in cramped conditions for more than 10 hours at a time is all I can take these days. That is why I recommend stopping in Hawaii when making trans Pacific flights. Yes, you could upgrade to business or first class, but for much less than the cost of these over-priced upgrades you could be lying on a beach and drinking a Mai Tai in Hawaii. Besides from this obvious advantage you will also give your body time to adjust its circadian clock. I find I need two things to help me recover from jet-lag. The first is sunshine and the second is fresh air, Hawaii has copious amounts of both, so it is the perfect place to stopover.

Sunset over Ala Moana Beach

Every Friday night at twilight’s last gleaming, on Waikiki Beach the dark star-filled sky bursts into light with breathtaking fireworks. Part of the idyllic beach is usurped for the sparkling launchpad. Loud booms are followed by the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air. Glittering balls of lights and multiple colored fireballs have locals and tourists spill onto the famous beach to gasp, ooh, and aah in unison. Oh it is good to be back in the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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Update four from the Ooh Tour

The Black Sands Beach at Hana

On Wednesday we drove to Hana, which is on the wet and tropical side of the island. Actually Maui is really two islands, each with it’s own volcano and joined by an isthmus. We have been staying on the smaller of the two parts of Maui and today we drove to the larger part.

Hana receives a lot more rain than the rest of the island and this makes it very lush and tropical. We spent the day touring, walking on frozen lava shores washed by the blue Pacific, and swimming at a wonderful cove enclosed by black lava cliffs. We were on constant lookout for: bathrooms, beaches, and banana bread. The banana bread was very good.

We all took it easy on Thursday and spent the day in a private cabana overlooking the beach at the hotel. We took turns swimming in the warm ocean. The highlight of the day was the surf. Huge waves tore into the beach with tremendous force and caused Alex to lose his sunglasses in the bubbling surf, and poor Holly sprained her ankle. I too had my sunnies washed into the angry sea, but Julia, with her eagle eyesight, spotted them on the sandy seafloor. We figure the chances of me losing my glasses and then finding them again was so slim that it could not happen, but it did. This must prove the existence of god.

Julia at Haleakala

On Friday Holly was still hobbling about on her injured ankle so she and Alex decided to spend another day at the beach resting. Julia and I, on the other hand, drove to the highest point on Maui, Haleakala. This is the still active 10,023 foot volcano that created this paradise. We walked down from the edge of the massive crater 1,700 feet to wander about the pumice stone, volcanic glass, and basalt world of cinder cones and lava flows.

We are off to Australia now, bye, bye Hawaii, Holly and Alex.

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