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A Contrarian Thanksgiving

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I decided to have a bit of contrarian Thanksgiving this year – not by not being thankful – on the contrary: by not sitting idle at home stuffing myself senseless.  Instead, I opted for a hike on beautiful Lanipo ridge above Honolulu.  I couldn’t think of a better way to display thankfulness for amazing nature all around me… the opportunity to connect with it and my true self…and a healthy body with which to see, hear, smell, taste and touch it all – as well carry me there and back.  BTW, I had the trail all to myself…

Lanipo Panorama

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A Small Taste of the North Shore

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Since I have arrived here in O’ahu, I have been itchin’ to visit the famous North Shore.  I made the hour drive over on a Friday afternoon for my first look.  Along the way, I stopped to check out gorgeous Waimanalo Beach (first two photos below) – what an amazing surprise to find I had it all to myself!

Anyway, back to Waimea Bay.  Wow.  I here for a couple of hours and was mesmerized the entire time.  Managed to catch some surfing.  That’s me with my instructor – not bad for my first lesson, huh?  (And if you believe that, I’ll make you a great deal on my beach house here).  Overall amazing place to see some big waves (Winter only) and catch some stunning sunsets.

Oh yes, I will be back…

Waimea Bay

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Uncle Paul’s World Domination Tour ‘11 Kickoff: O’ahu

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My travels for 2011 begin in island style in one of the United States in which I have never visited: Hawai’i.  I have the good fortune to live and work here in O’ahu for the next couple of months.  As a landlocked native Coloradan, I am really looking forward to getting to know the ocean.  It has long been a dream of mine to learn to surf, snorkel, and scuba dive – among other ocean sports.  The time has come!  There is so much to do in this amazing place, I can feel father time firing up the super-temporal engines already in anticipation of all the fun to be had.

My first excursion was to Makapu’u point and the landmark lighthouse situated there.  An easy 2 mile trail winds to the point affording fantastic views the entire way – even the island of Molokai is visible on the horizon.  At the point, I simply enjoyed the pleasure of soaking in the view up the Windward (East) coast and watching the parasails float above the towering seaside cliffs.

Windward Spirit

Malamapono a hui hou (take care, until we meet again)…

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