Skip to main content

into the china cabinet

Well, to make up for my previously low key blog, I have managed to find some time to do a little adventuring for this episode of life in Hawaii.I was given the opportunity to explore the Hilo botanical gardens, and they were gorgeous. The pictures speak for themselves.Not only do they fill the acres of the gardens with loads of beautifully colored flowers and plants, you can also find a massive waterfall and oceanfront views while exploring the property. I am definitely glad I got to see what nature had to offer in Hilo.That Saturday, I got the majority of the day off! Theo and I headed to Diamond Head crater and took the hike to the top overlooking Waikiki on Oahu. As you can see, it was very windy, but the views were great!My dream is to someday live in the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House. However, if that does not work out, I think I could settle for this light house we spotted on the way down from our hike. I feel like a light house would be a great place for entertaining. Whenever people ask where the party is going to be, I can just tell them to "Follow the light!"
Right as we reached the bottom and were headed for the bus stop, my phone rang. It was Erin calling to check in and share the news that SHE IS ENGAGED! I am so excited for both Erin and Corbin and am looking forward to all of the happiness they will share! Yay and congratulations you two!Later that week, Sam, Josh, and I decided to try out real Hawaiian shaved ice. Although I am pretty partial to Tropical Sno in Pittsburg, this was good too. I must say Tropical Sno still ranks at the top of my list and is too close to my heart to be replaced. This place, however, is home to massive servings. The ones we got were the smallest size they have!
The next night was another one of those epic nights on the town. What started as an innocent little night out with friends, ended with chicken fights in the street, toilet papering the rooms of friends, and a slumber party that included no slumber but a lot of party. It was such a fun night, and one that won't be forgotten anytime soon. The next night, I pulled another all-nighter of movie watching and fun with friends, and swore that would be my last for a while. A girl has got to sleep right?!?Wrong. Two days later, I was up again, headed to Haleakala crater for another sunrise with the guys. We wanted to experiment with some fun night shots, but the wind was so intense, the tripod could not stand up and our freezing fingers could not stay out in the cold for long.This being my fourth time to see the sunrise, I abandoned the straight horizon and did some experimenting with angles as the sun rose.
On Wednesday, the waters were too rough for us to port, and we were forced to spend the day at sea. Unfortunately that meant the rafting trip I had planned was canceled, but Theo made up for it by letting me chill in his room watching movies and having a big breakfast in bed that consisted of omelets, bagels, and fresh fruit! He is such a good pal, and always knows just how to take care of me!Saturday night I was not going to get a dinner break until 9:00pm. After discussing how hungry we would be, Josh and I decided to try out the Japanese steakhouse on board. When we got there, we discovered that our entire table was a group of our friends and were excited to be spending the evening with them. Even better, the executive chef on board decided to be our teppanyaki chef! Chef Casey was the original teppanyaki chef on the ship's maiden voyage from Europe, and has since moved up to the executive chef on board. He has not worked the teppanyaki table in years, but decided to show off his skills and give us a special treat! All of the other chefs were peering through the window as he cooked our food and cheering as he did sweet tricks! Afterward, we headed up to Pink's Champagne bar to see Dave play the piano. He let Julia and Dewitt come up and sing while he played, and Emily danced around the piano. It was such a perfect way to end the night!
Right now I am sitting in the laundromat and blogging. I have been too busy staying up at night and sleeping during the day to get any laundry done, and it is much faster to do it all at once here! Of course, if the biggest consequence of my adventuring is that the laundry doesn't get done, so be it!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

fountains chapter 2

We learned a lot our first day that helped us to better plan and execute day two. Marine was busy with her real job, so Amanda and I were flying solo as we continued to embark on this crazy journey. Our first stop was an indicator that the whole day was bound to be a super interesting one! Quenching Cup fountain was first on our list for that day and number 26 in total. When we arrived at the location, we had to convince a security guard to unlock a restricted area and allow us access to the fountain. That was only the beginning of a day filled with illegal parking and driving maneuvers, wandering on private properties, and the collection of 50 fountains in a day!
The Bernard Powell fountain encouraged communities uniting to create a better environment. It was built across from the boyhood home of Bernard Powell in 1985 for $170,000. A life size statue of Powell was added in 1991 along with a time capsule in the corner of the memorial to be opened in 2041. Powell famous phrase was &quo…

fountains chapter 1

Ok, here is the scoop: Kansas City is known as the "City of Fountains." It boasts more than 200 fountains throughout the entire metro area which is more per capita than any other city in the country. Amanda and I have spent our whole lives in Kansas City, driving by many of these fountains on a daily basis. The other day we decided that we wanted to see them all, and that is what we have set out to do. Although it would be nearly impossible to find every fountain in Kansas City, our research allowed us to compile a list of approximately 157 fountains in the Kansas City area. We figured that was a good start. We know we probably missed several. In fact, this journey has taken us by fountains we didn't know existed in search of the ones on our list. This has not been an easy task. First we had to research the location of each fountain, then map them out all over Kansas City to determine the best route we should take to see them all. The planning phase took almost as much t…

dobra igra

Well this crazy trip has continued to keep me on the go and off the blog, but I found a moment to sit down and get this thing up to date. The adventures never stop and I never complain about that. As I said in my last blog post, the ship sailed through the Panama canal. I didn't, but the ship did. How you may ask? Stay tuned to find out!
I have said time and time again that working for Norwegian gives me opportunities I would never have otherwise, and the canal day was definitely one of them. As the photo manager, I was given the opportunity to climb down a rope ladder off the side of the ship and stand on the actual locks of the canal as the ship was passing through to capture the whole day!
The first lock was the Mira Flores lock. I strapped on my hard hat and headed out on the lock. I think the local Panamanians were impressed by how fearless I was about climbing out on the locks. All good photographers know it is worth risking your life to get the best shot right?!?
For the se…