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Monday, September 1, 2008

Hawaii Photo Blog

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Rather than attempt to recount all my tropical adventures, I'll let the photos do most of the talking.

Kayak Shop

If you like to relax on vacation, Hawaii may not be the best place. Our trip was the Fear Factor© version of vacation -- nearly everything we did required us to sign a waiver in case we were maimed or killed whilst doing it. That included kayaking on the open sea, which is pretty hard work, but well worth it to get to reefs, beaches, and bits of coast like this that are otherwise inaccessible.

The Disagreeable Boulders


Gents'Ladies'

These are the little touches that make Hawaii so awesome.


Dive Miester... Lobster Miester

The west coast of The Big Island has top notch scuba-diving. This is Eric, our dive meister, who is a fine man and an expert in his field, and who also nearly killed himself the first time he took us out. When we got out to the reef, he leapt gracefully into the sea to moor our boat to the buoy. A few moments later, he came back to the surface with blood streaming down his face and neck from a massive gash on the top of his head, which he had slammed at full-speed into the hull of the boat. He was quite dazed, bleeding profusely, and lucky as hell that he didn't knock himself unconscious. His boss, who was captaining, helped haul him out of the water and said, "Duuuude, you gotta be more cogniscent of where you are in the water, bra." My favorite scuba quote.

To his credit, once his head stopped bleeding (several hours later), Dive Meister strapped his fins back on and was a pro the rest of the week -- by far my favorite among a stellar crew of people.

Cracked Coconut

Does anyone know where we're going?

Luau Food -- A party for your tongue

Luau food will tickle your taste buds! The pork was buried in a pit and slow-cooked, which is the traditional Hawaiian method. So tender and juicy, it makes me ache just thinking about it.

Fantastic view up here!

When we needed a break from the water, we went on an open-range horseback ride up in the mountains. A word of caution -- you cannot go up to high altitudes for a day or so after scuba-diving, so plan accordingly. Getting the bends and/or dying can ruin your vacation. But the view up there might change your life.

Wowsers!





Surprisingly desolate terrain on The Big Island

Much of the terrain on Hawaii was surprisingly desolate, covered in lava rock and not much else.


White Plumeria

Plumeria and hibiscus -- classic Hawaii!

Hibiscus


Not Don Cheadle

Tracking down a pod of wild dolphins and swimming with them is a pretty popular pastime in Hawaii. Early one morning, we found about 150 of these spinners and played with them for a couple hours. Great fun!

1 comment:

Nick said...

wow, great photos! u have a great eye!