Inching my way back to blogging with a questionnaire from one of my favorite blogs.
1. What is your spirit animal? My spirit animal has shifted wildly over the years from horse to a bear to a raven. Currently, my spirit animal is a dog. I'm a sucker for a little unconditional love.
2. What is your most embarrassing moment? Everyday of my life. I like embarassing myself.
3. Would you rather have a tattoo of Patrick Swayze as a centaur or Chris Farley as a Chippendale's dancer? No competition: Patrick Swayze as a centaur
4. What is playing on your iPod right this instant? I have "Dog Days are Over" by Florence and the Machine on repeat
5. What is your dream place to live? If money and practicality weren't issues? Well, right now, my dream is to have an apartment of my own in Juneau, Alaska. I want it to be full of color, horse paintings, crewel embroidery, bright pillows, stacks of quilts, and a comfy bed. And a view of the mountains and the channel.
6. What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be able to roll with the punches, be empathetic, be friendly, be financially stable, and be a dragon.
7. If you could play any musical instrument, what would it be and why? Banjo.
8. If you had to wear one last pair of shoes every day for the rest of your life, what pair would it be? I already wear my xtratufs every day, and that's not going to change.
9. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Brown Curry from Starfire
10. Would you rather kiss a wookie or an ogre? Ogre.
11. What is your favorite part about spring? The return of the light. It fuels the entire town of Juneau with vibrant energy. I'm eager for all the changes and life that spring will bring!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Happy Birthday to my favorite Mom in the whole world!
Living far away from my Mom is pretty difficult sometimes, but I cherish our phone chats and sporadic visits. She is amazing woman, who has taught me so much about spirituality, compassion, creativity, organization, and, of course, traveling.
Happy Birthday, Mama!!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
We spent our last day in Kauai driving the winding road up Waimea Canyon.
It seems that this spot was the it spot to visit if you're in Kauai. There were hundreds of sweet little elderly people at this lookout.
But we took some time at the rail to gaze into the abyss.
Luckily we found a little trail that spit us onto a private lookout. There was no rail between us and the canyon, and it was an special moment of seclusion.
This is my last post about our perfect trip. I'm so sad to let it all go. The memories of this vacation have comforted me while shivering in Anchorage. I miss these two like WHOA.
Now Jeff is talking about Costa Rica. I fully support that choice.
Since our lovely vacation houses provided us with easy comforts, we hardly ever wanted to leave to explore the island. But, we decided to take a day to explore three tourist attractions. We started the day at a coffee plantation moved onto a beautiful Hindu monastery, and finished the day at an old sugar plantation. Each equally provided lush landscapes.
Budget Rent-a-car specifically told us not to take the car into Polihale State Park.
We didn't listen.
We knew we had to check out Polihale Beach. I was nervous, and convinced that we could have an equally enjoyable time at a beach that was easily accessible. Unfortunately, I'm a nervous passenger. The older I get, the more sweaty I get on rocky/icy/sandy/any roads. Luckily, Jeff is an extremely cautious driver, while at the same time full of curiosity and courage.
He carefully drove along the long dirt road to the Polihale Beach access. We parked the car under a big tree, and walked a quarter mile to the breath-taking, and seemingly deserted beach.
Meredith and I spent most of the day sitting at the water's edge, trying not to get swept away into the sea.
Looks like these guys were really daring. Their vehicle had fat tires, and they even deflated the tires a bit.
On our way back to our car, we discovered dozens of dried and flattened frogs. I couldn't figure out if cars had flattened them, or if they were just simply dehydrated.
We also made it back to Polihale Beach on our last night in Kauai. I didn't bring my camera, but we saw a family of wild pigs cross the road. It looked like a mama and six or so little piglets. Such sweet lovems!
PS-Jeff and I are spending our Thanksgiving at Chena Hot Springs, which is an hour north of Fairbanks. I think I might be a nervous passenger on that trip too. Please pray for us...
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Kekaha was much different than the North Shore. It was much drier, and the little town felt more like a Mexican Village than a Hawaiian tourist site. Our house was also much different than 100 Shades. It was smaller, it didn't boast the same breath-taking views, BUT it did have a rugged private beach just steps away.
Jeff, Aaron, and I spent our first evening in Kekaha enjoying the warm sunset on our beach.
Sunrise was equally exquisite.