Archive for February, 2013

1-13-13

February 17, 2013

So where did I leave off? Oh yeah, Paradise.

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But, alas, the evening of 1-12-13 has arrived and we must catch the Red-Eye home again.

I snap one last photo of the scenery zooming past as we head to the airport in Lihue:

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But, oh well. Vacation’s over. We land in Salt Lake City (stopping in L.A.) 10 AM Sunday, 1-13-13.

Catch a 20-minute shuttle from the airport to David’s truck in long term parking – outside – at a Park n’ Fly motel in Bountiful.

We’re at the truck now. Eric has just gotten the back end open…

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David starts the truck. He and Eric work furiously to dig it out.

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Hop in! We’re ready to go!

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“Geez, turn up the heat!” I call from the back seat. I just can’t get warm. Do you want to see what minus 8 degrees looks like out my window?

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It’s about a 3-hour drive straight north home to Idaho Falls. We notice the outside temperature keeps dropping.

We’re in Idaho now.

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Temperature: Minus 12.

Turns out, with a low at minus 18, 1-13-13 marked the coldest day of winter 2013 in Idaho Falls. We would have to pick this day to return home from Paradise – and acclimate ourselves to a difference in temperature of about 100 degrees.

The bitter cold hung around for at least another week and then two days of 30 mph winds ushered in a winter storm.

There’s nothing like shoveling yourself out of a 10-inch snowfall to whip you back into shape!

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Idaho winter Paradise? It’s a stretch, but …

What does 80 degrees feel like, again?

Kauai seems just a ghost of memory eating at us now.

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Paradise Revisited

February 12, 2013

I talked with our son Aaron this past weekend, across the miles. Inquired as to how he was doing.

“Pretty good for February 9.”

“Yeah? How so?”

“This is the worst time of year. We’re still in the dead of winter, even in Georgia, and football season is 200 days away. But, all things considered, I’m doing okay.”

Well, let me just add to Aaron’s stats that our laptop died, my email has been hacked, twice (my new password is so sophisticated now even I could be locked out of my email) and I recently broke a back molar eating a freaking hamburger (with a bone fragment or something?). I’m scheduled for a crown this Wednesday.

Not to mention, the southeast Idaho winter is just long, and spring is … a lot like winter.

So … You want photos?

How about pictures from Paradise?

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A Kauai sunrise…

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I have about 200 similarly themed photos on my i-Phone. What can I say? David and I started this year with 10 days in Paradise from 1-3-13 to 1-13-13. DOES THAT SOUND LUCKY OR WHAT?!! My sister and her husband own a home in Princeville and invited us back. (At least my husband can boast that he married a woman with an awesome sister!) My brother Eric (alias ‘Mountain Goat’) came along too. As tour guide. Since we got back I’ve been routinely revisitng Kauai through my photos.

Want to come along?

We’re in in Princeville, now.
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Walking the golf course.
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Past Albatross engaged in a mating dance

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Or is it a discussion?

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We shopped at the Farmer’s Market

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In Hanalei

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We gave our beet greens to a local to feed to his neighbor’s guinea pig- in exchange for his photo.

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“Hey, take a photo of my best side!”
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This fruit is called rambutan. (No! Not the local. The red fruit pictured below)

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We ate lots of them. You bite through the soft spiny skin and out pops a large grape-like fruit.

The weather is a bit rainy, but still warm – with temps in the upper seventies.

Even during a a drenching rain.

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“Run rooster run!” (Boy did he!)

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We hiked anyway.

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Tried to keep our balance in the slippery mud

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The sun is out again.

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Life is celebration

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TURN UP YOUR SOUND!

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Enough of Paradise yet?

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Eric found a Kauai vacation home that perhaps he could afford.

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Eric, you might want to tell your wife the roof needs repairs.

Awwwwww… do I have to put a wrap on this blog?

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Rooster says no!

So do the Albatross

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And the palm trees

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Okay, one last snuggle on the beach with David.

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One more rainbow

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Oh! And a nod from a sleeping seal.

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