Wordless Wednesday


Green Sand Beach

There’s a southern most point everywhere. This is the United States most southern point. Sorry Key West or any other territory, this is Hawaii. Technical there is another place that is part of this area but it isn’t a beach or green. And this is the only completly green beech in the world as well. It’s a 2 1/2 mile braided poor excuse for a road (without 4WD a good awful hour wagon each way). Notice the back of the Jeep and top of the cliff in second picture.

But why go? Its a collapsed volcano crater littered with olivine (peridot to those bigger crystals, birthstone for August). You can see deep blue to turquoise waters. Swim or get beat by 7-10 feet waves. But mostly to see exotic beauty of rugged Hawaii.

Stranded Turtle

The surf plays hell with even it’s sea creatures. One endangered Honu, Hawaiian Green Turtle got tossed over the lava and coral. Next high tide, she’ll be fine. It’s also hefty fine to “rescue” them


Kekaha Kai State park

A surfers beach work golden sand set way back from the water. It’s only 1 1/2 miles down a road that’s rental car worthy


Tidal Pools


Palm Tree


Mark & Joy Happy Hour


Temporarily Away

Kahalu’u Bay, Big Island Hawai’i

Swimming with Green Turtles


By the Sea

Rumble of surf pounds

Soft breezes fill with salt

Boats bob between waves

Sun kisses them with glare

Sounds of sand meeting bare feet

A giddy “ooh’ meets an “ah”

Time is a stranger here

Little happens just as planned


This a Good Time to go Somewhere

My wife and I have a traveling problem. While I’m working, time and money are always a complication. Fortunately, there are airline price wars that have started. Of course, to where? Hawaii, Mexico, and Florida have great plane ticket prices. But Frontier and Spirit are pushing deals all over US.

Ok. I’m off to Puerto Vallarta. All inclusive, oceanfront room with air for about $1500 (5days/4nights) for 2 in a 3 star place. Last week the airfare was over $500 a piece! Why Puerto Vallarta? Price, swimming beach, never been there, really warm around Halloween,…

The original idea was Cabo San Lucas or Cancun. These were between $1600 to $1800 for 5 nights. Cabo offers less choices and no swimming beach. But plenty of water available with tours. For some random reason the flights arrived late and left early. Which costs you beach or excursion time! Tourism requires a little pre-planning.

But if you live East of Mississippi River, you can get great deals. Mexico a thought..Try planning a flight to Atlanta, Miami, or Tampa than find a vacation package from there to Cancun, Riveria Maya or Cabo San Lucas. When I lived in Ohio, a $70 flight & $90 hotel to Atlanta saved $500 on trip to Cancun. Of course New York or Chicago may offer deals as well.

If you lack passport or think speaking the local’s language is necessary, St Pete Beach has good fall prices for hotels (compared to Spring rates). Tampa had a nice sized airport and car rentals aren’t bad to deal with. Florida stays warm and had less tourists in fall.

Hawaii flights were $555 a piece to Honolulu (fron Pheonix, a moderate priced airport). Hotels are plenty but lower price means walking to beach a few blocks. I found decent rated Aston Waikiki Circle hotel that was $160/night (but $25 resort fee/night). Reviews tell of ocean views from most rooms. Waikiki hotels all have parking issues with added fees and available places. You should try to reserve a parking place before you get there! Yes, I’m serious. 750,000 people wedged between an ocean and three mountains makes space a premium. The beach will make you forget this. You can walk to a lot of shopping and restaurants. Maybe plan daily car rentals for trips out. Plan to get up at 6 AM to get tickets for a specific time to your Pearl Harbor or buy tour online before going to Hawaii.

Recently, traditional airlines have decided to take on the budget carriers for fall. If you thought about a trip somewhere, look this weekend. Sunday is not best day to price check airfare. Try Saturday or Monday mornings or afternoon for best prices and choices. Budget carriers have all kinds of deals. It may be Frontier thru Denver, for example, but the rates to smaller airports can be cheaper than gas to drive. My in-laws paid $79 for both to fly from Atlanta to Pheonix on Frontier. Tickets were bought 10 days in advance. So last minute maybe available cheap.

Enough reading, get out there! The world is waiting to show you something. Don’t let someone else steal your memories!