Hawaii (Part VIII)

December 1

We have crossed a new month threshold and on this day would take a field trip to the northern tip of the Big Island.  Our garage door guardian was still holding fort – he/she kinda looks like a broach?

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[First stop along Highway 19, a lava tube, as I recall just past the airport? They appear to be performing a drill – in case older Minnesotans come by and fall in.]

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[Well, I have a butt thing . . . ]

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[Heading to the north end, past Mauna Kea.]

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[And some lava fields . . . ]

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[And our first sighting of Maui . . . yup, from the Big Island.]

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[Then a neat little state park.]

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[The Super enjoying the scenery . . . and with Roy.]

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[Spying on Maui.]

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[After we bid adieu . . . er, aloha . . . to the state park, we arrived at the northern most habited place on the Island – Hawi.]

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[Again, the jumble of wires mindful of South Asia.]

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[Where we dined . . . ]

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[So, I had just finished a chat with Fidel, and someone snuck up behind me. We always laugh about Alexandrians running into other Alexandrians all over the planet. We were on the very north end of the island of Hawaii, at the small village of Hawi, and had just finished lunch. Kay (Wasson, Alex class of ’64) and Randy Sukovich said they noticed us there. They’ve been staying for a week or two on the north end of the Big Island for about 5 years now. We each had no idea the others were here. In Alex, we live on the SW side of Lake Darling, the Sukoviches live on the NE side of the same lake, and we’re all members of the golf club – I’m not sure if we saw each other in Alex all summer? Uffda!]

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[Big banyans in the city park . . . and I always wondered where Sonny went after the Fireside Steakhouse?]

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[Pololu Valley Lookout – the end of the road!]

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[Coconuts!  I understand the old Marx Brothers movie was recently reprised at the Guthrie.  😉  ]

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[What I said!]

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[Heading home, we found King Kamehameha . . . and the Super found shopping!]

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[Then we took the high road home, at altitude it is as Roy says somewhat akin to Austria or Switzerland.]

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[Our first sighting of “home” from on high.]

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[“The hills are alive . . . with the South of Music.”]

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[Mauna Kea, again.]

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[I believe these small green craters are called small green craters.]

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[Yes, it is the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B!]

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[Back in Roy’s backyard, more sunsets . . . ]

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You want to know what it’s like to be on a plane for 22 hours? Sit in a chair, squeeze your head as hard as you can, don’t stop, then take a paper bag and put it over your mouth and nose and breath your own air over and over and over.  ~  Lewis Black

Up next:  Hawaii, but not much more.

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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