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Things the rain brought.

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Short Sweet Sunday

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Short Sweet Sunday

Double bloom hibiscus after this mornings rain.

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An altered version of the first Plumerias of the summer. πŸ˜‰

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Five Years Ago Today β€

Our plane was supposed to leave at 10 pm but it was delayed in Los Angeles, we didn’t leave Honolulu airport until 3 am, but that was ok because they fixed the plane and we got to Las Vegas safely. Because of the delays we wound up hopscotching our way home, in Vegas we had a long layover so we tried to catch some Zzz’s. Then it was,
Hello Albuquerque.
Albuquerque May 17th ❀Hello ABQ May 17th ❀
Say goodbye to “The Burque” (as my relatives that live there call it).
The Burque May 17th ❀Bye ABQ May 17th ❀
Hello / Goodbye El Paso.
Hello ELP May 17th ❀Bye ELP May 17th ❀
After 22 hours in airports and on planes, I am home and I still miss Maui.
SAT May 17th ❀
The day after I got home, I found this video online and it had a great way of describing my emotions. Thank you for coming along with me on this journey and here’s to all of us finding our forever! ❀


Five Years Ago Today β€

Aloha Kakahiaka or Good Morning, I was learning because the Surfrider changes out the elevator mats according to time of day! πŸ˜‰
This was our breakfast view from The Veranda, looks pretty quiet.
Breakfast view May 16th ❀
It was but we surfed it anyway and then played at the beach in front of the hotel.
WaterCam May 16th ❀
Sooo…. you go down this trail and come out…
Down the trail May 16th ❀
here… WHOA! Waimea Bay!
Whoa! May 16th ❀
These dudes were worried about the “Lil’ Brah” going in.
Lil' Brah May 16th ❀Body Surfin' May 16th ❀
YES!!! … Oh! Maybe not…
Yes! May 16th ❀Maybe not May 16th ❀
They to see when the wave is coming in and then the juuuuump…
Checking it out May 16th ❀Going for it May 16th ❀Wave watcher May 16th ❀Splash May 16th ❀
You have to love girl power!
Girl Power May 16th ❀Nice! May 16th ❀Skimboarding May 16th ❀
It works better with out the shirt … lol!
Again May 16th ❀
A quiet day at Waimea.
Wave mouth May 16th ❀Crash May 16th ❀
Back up the trail and the view from mid-way up the trail.
Up trail May 16th ❀Trial view May 16th ❀
The view from the top.
Rock line May 16th ❀
Waimea from the car…
Waimea  Bay May 16th ❀
on the way to Sunset Beach.
Sunset Beach May 16th ❀
Proper May 16th ❀Aloha May 16th ❀
We enjoyed a great dinner at Duke’s Waikiki…
Duke's May 16th ❀May 16th ❀
said Aloha to Diamondhead and The Moana Surfrider and headed to the airport.
Aloha Diamondhead May 16th ❀


A Short β™ͺ

I have long felt like I have been neglecting this blog, it is much more to me than simply Short Sweet Sundays and iPhone Fridays. So I’m going to commit to doing something I have wanted to do for a few years now. I am going to take you on an adventure with me, starting tomorrow we will relive my life from five years ago until the 17th of May. In doing so we will visit a place I’d actually hoped to be at during this time; but more importantly, this adventure will allow me to share with you where the inspiration for this blog came from. I don’t want to say too much more because what’s a little adventure with out mystery? πŸ˜‰


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Cat reconnaissance mission. πŸ˜‰

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Fiesta Flower

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Snoozing under a Cypress

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Winged Victory

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The moon in the afternoon sky, this was shot before the time change. πŸ˜‰

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When you spend time outdoors to keep life balanced, sometimes you truly find balance…

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I was watering my plants when this little guy buzzed out and scared me, actually… he wasn’t really that little. πŸ˜‰

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Today’s a dreary day, but it’s the perfect weather for this flower. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday!

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Unfinished freeway.

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I realized that I post a number of random shots with my iPhone to my Facebook page that are never seen here, so in the Spirit of Short Sweet Sunday; I am going to begin a new tradition of posting a picture from my iPhone on Fridays. πŸ™‚
Last nights sunset~

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Short Sweet Sunday

I was lucky enough to have these guys “pop” up in my yard this year; thought I’d take advantage of their beauty and try a post that was shot, edited and posted completely from my iPhone. Poppy πŸ™‚

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Riverwalk at Christmas III

Howdy and welcome back as we finish out our Rio San Antonio boat cruise on the Riverwalk. The is the Westin Riverwalk and while it is one of the newer hotels on the Riverwalk it blends right in because the historical society provides guidelines that new construction must adhere to, in order to maintain the ambiance of the river. This hotel has a pool on a third floor balcony that looks out over the river, you are able to see the edge of the balcony jutting out just pass the trees lite in gold.
Westin
As we cruise along the river you can see the Bexar County Courthouse, it is the largest and oldest continuously operated historic courthouse in Texas. Made of native Texan granite and red sandstone, it is of the Romanesque Revival style.
Christmas Courthouse
Mixing the old with the new, throughout several places in San Antonio, there are various reminders of the history of San Antonio, I liked the way this bust was lite by the new LED river lights.
San Antonio Culture
I had never noticed this tunnel before but I enjoyed how vibrantly the red tile was reflecting the light. The floor must be red tile as well because I noticed that it appears that the woman is floating.
Tunnel of Love
Much of the Riverwalk was built during the work projects and there are still many places where you can see the prevalent Deco styling of that era.
Deco
The big tree in the forefront of the picture that is lite in green is the oldest tree on the Riverwalk, the light around it was actually changing colors but I happened to catch it while it was green.
Oldest Tree
As I was leaving the Riverwalk I turned to take a picture from one of the stairwells, to give you a sense of what it is like to ascend or descend to the river; although there are many people it is easy to stand or sit and take in the beauty of the river.
Street View
This last shot was taken from one of the street level bridges, living here it is easy to forget how incredible some of these views are and looking at this makes me grateful to live in a city that cares so much about aesthetic value.
Bridge View
I hope you enjoyed our holiday cruise as much as I did and soon I hope to post more shots of some of our beautiful city.


I ❀ NY

This is the final week of my homage to the Big Apple. I chose this month to do this as it was the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, while I was lucky enough to have seen and been in the Twin Towers and I do have pictures of them, those pictures are not on digital media. Rather than focus on the sadness of the past, I chose to use pictures from a recent trip that exemplify the beauty of a resilient city. The pictures in the next post were taken from various places while I was out and about on the town. In a previous post I mentioned the Dakota, at 72nd Street and Central Park West, it was built in 1884 by Edward S. Clark; at the time he was teased that he was building so far north of the city that he might as well be building in the Dakotas.
The Dakota
What trip to New York would be complete with out visiting Times Square? It is one of the most widely recognized places in the world probably because of the amount of neon used.
Times Square
Of course one book end would not be complete with out the other.
Times Square II
At 1 Times Square is the ball that most of the country watches drop on New Year’s Eve, it is maintained that the biggest New Years Eve party takes place in front of it.
The Ball that Drops
I am a huge Hard Rock Cafe fan, not for the food but for the memorabilia and the souvenirs; this has been moved from its previous location but I can think of no better place than here.
Hard Rock Cafe
Next I made my way down to Little Italy, where I saw what was by far the most interesting name for a church ever. I give you The Most Precious Blood Church. I thought all the Vampires lived in New Orleans but I guess I was wrong.
BLOOD!
The architecture and decorations give you a taste of what old world New York looked like.
Little Italy
Little Italy is being encroached on by Chinatown, which is New York’s most famous ethnic enclave.
China Town
I made a stop at the world-famous Chinatown Ice Cream Factory and picked up some Litchi ice cream, from there I walked to this quaint park where I sat, enjoyed my ice cream and a peek into a normal Sunday afternoon for the residents of the area.
Park in China Town
A walk through Chinatown in not complete with out passing a fish market, fresh fish anyone?
Chinese Fish Market
I love the Chinese Dragon that was atop the information center but I just have a thing for dragons.
Four-toed Dragon
So I was drinking in this neighborhood bar called the 3 of Cups, marveling over the beauty of the bartender when I realized it was Fuse TV’s Mistress Juliya; talk about cool! I told her I was a long time fan of Uranium and the my favorite episode was the one where she interviewed Dimebag Darrell.
Mistress Juliya
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse in to various parts of the city, next time we visit my favorite bridge in the whole world; I wonder which one it is because in New York there is more than one, two or even three.