Tuesday, April 15, 2008


While you're reading this, I'm in Hawaii. Yeah, I know, I kinda suck. LOL And actually, as this is Tuesday, our plans for the day include one of my favorite Hawaiian adventures: an early morning snorkel excursion with Dolphin Discoveries. Last time we were on the big island and went out with them, we saw a lot of awesome wildlife including a hump back whale, plenty of honu (the Hawaiian word for sea turtle), a pod of spinner dolphins and the rather rare whale shark.

Now, don't be alarmed by this guy's size. Yes, he's mammoth, but since he just eats plankton, he's harmless. And pretty curious about humans. (Don't you love how the diver in the photo is pointing to the whale shark? Thanks, dude, we totally missed it otherwise.) The one we encountered put his head against the side of the zodiac and stared up at us like a puppy waiting for treats. The captain of our craft immediately jumped into the water and started filming this 40 foot fish. Amazing! Unfortunately, we did not have our cameras, but this year we have a new waterproof digital so I hope to bring back some great pics.

What else am I doing in Hawaii? Researching a top secret project. But that's all I'm gonna say about that. So far, I've: gotten a henna tattoo, nearly been killed on a golf cart, been ambushed by hungry peacocks, almost fallen off a cliff into the sea trying to take a picture of some fish, seen a wild mongoose with a chip bag on its head and eaten seaweed. And there are still several days left to go.

Where is your favorite spot to vacation?


  1. Well, Hawaii is definitely on the list. *shoots Kristen angry glare* hahahaha

    I also adored New Orleans. That city has definite culture seeping from its bricks! I went there last year for a conference and ADORED it.

  2. OK, I think I hate you a little bit. I've never been to Hawaii.

    I adore Europe. I love going back again and a again to France and Italy.

    I also totally loved Costa Rica.

    And of course, my old standby, Hilton Head Island, SC.

  3. Vacation? What is this vacation of which you speak?

    We go...wherever my daughter play softball in the summer. Does that count?

  4. I love top secret projects, don't you???

  5. Yeah, Gwen, I think that's why I'm so not ready for kids. I'm way too selfish to give up big vacations.

    Does that make me a bad person?

  6. Soooo jealous. We miss you!

  7. Sounds like you are having a total blast:) Love the whale pic!

  8. Please oh please oh please oh please tell me you got a picture of the mongoose?

    Vacation = Walt Disney World

    Preferred place to live and/or research = Britain