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Cottage Culture

Hi everyone!!!  I’m completely + absolutely enjoying my Canadian immersion!  Over the weekend Jeff + I went out to Steve + Liz’s Cabin/Cottage.  Everyone on the West Coast (west coast is the best coast) calls them cabins, but east coasters call them cottages.  Steve + the Fayles are East side so they always refer to it as the cottage.  Sorry for the tangent, MOVING ON!!!!!

This has been my third trip to the cottage – located on the Sunshine Coast on Sakinaw Lake.  Canada is plentiful with lakes.  Cottage culture is huge since the summers are so short (regard my last post – Seasonal Affective Disorder, y’all) + Canuncks know to party it up with boating, canoeing, inner tubing, wake boarding, swimming, diving, paddling, water skiing…need I go on?

First, is the hour long BC Ferry trip from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale.  Then, it is an hour long drive up the Sunshine Coast to where Steve + Liz’s boat dock is. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We usually grocery shop in Gibsons + pack up the boat tout suite! 

 

 

The girls are old pros.  Old pros.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was surprisingly hot + so Keiko + I went swimming when we got to the cottage.  Keiko loves to get in the water + yell, “I’M SWIMMING!!!!!!!!”.  And we both get really psyched. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next day was also warmer than we thought it would be so Jeff decided to get the party started by jumping off the boat house roof as he is want to do.  The girls always have to have their life vests on when they are near the water.  Auntie Shelli is learning alot of child safety the past couple of months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve done this jump before.  It’s a lot higher than you think once you are mid air.  It hurt my ears when I hit the water – I’m not a fan.

 

 

The girls love to yell, “Again! Again!!!”.  This picture cracks me up because I didn’t use a fast shutter so I only caught Jeff’s legs right after he jumped off the roof.  Doesn’t it look like muppet legs dangling from the top of the frame?!  Hah!

 

 

 

Daddy’s girls.  Awwwwww!!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So irresistable!!!  This picture reminds me of my sister + I.  Cuuute.  Buuuddies.

 

 

 

 

A couple pictures Keiko took with my camera.  Not bad, eh?  Eh!!!!  Canuck Transformation commence!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, we did some work laying wood chip as a path from the dock up to the cabins. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More SWIMMING… 

The water is exceptionally clear, clean + oh so refreshing!!!  There’s nothing like it!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After swimming, Keiko + Steve started a bonfire.  Check out the determination on Keiko’s face as she’s fanning the fire!  Keiko + Tobin are two of the hardest + most tireless workers I know.  If they ever teamed up, they will be CEO + VP of a multi billion dollar corporation + I shall work for them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of the cotttages (we stayed in the smaller one – the “honeymoon suite” as Steve called it) from the bonfire pit. 

 

 

 

Enjoying some brewskis + vino.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year’s picture from the deck!!!!  Vintage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grilling dinner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sakinaw Lake past dusk.  Ah, serenity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next morning of our departure was crazy downpour.  We managed to catch a break + quickly dash out to pack up the boat + take off!!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from the ferry.  Oh, Canada.  Sigh.

Last Day in Paradise

I’m writing from Vancouver, but wanted to post some pictures up of our last day in paradise at our Puako house, in fond remembrance.  The entire day consisted of AMAZING snorkeling (we searched + did not find our shark again, but instead swam with a school of unicorn fish), reading + hanging out with my turtle buddies.  Paradise, indeed.  I’m so sad to have left it, but now it will always be a special place where Jeff + I will always return.

Here is a photo I found on the internet which is a really accurate representation of the marine life we snorkeled with in Puako.  I’m not even exaggerating. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We came upon a couple of turtles having their shells cleaned by surgeon fish + tangs.  So exciting + fascinating to watch.  Again, not our photo, but a great example.

 

 

 

 

 

When the turtles are munching at the moss underwater, every once in a while they would bring their little heads up for a breath.  I would wait with anticipation for that moment, like the patient naturalist that I am.  DSC02487

 

 

 

 

 

 

This little piggy was chowing down like it was his last meal for god’s sake.

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Out cold.  A most uncomfortable looking snooze.

 

The day we left the island, I went outside for the last time to say goodbye to our beach + to my turtle companions.  It was high tide + I saw a group of three having their breakfast.  I became teary eyed + went back inside.  I hope to return to swim with them again. 

Oh, It’s Such a Perfect Day

Today was the best day of the honeymoon so far!!!!  I finally managed to sleep in, + this is what today mostly consisted of.                                                                          

 

 

 

That’s right in our backyard, y’all.  I’m sad because I think I had salt spray on my lens, so some of my pictures from today are a little blurry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We did a good amount of snorkeling + it was like a GOLD MINE OF AQUATIC TREASURES!!!!  Although, to our dismay, we realized that instead of my totally radical Japanese flippers that I bought at Waipouli Variety on Kauai, we had mistakenly grabbed flippers that would fit a 7 year old!!!!  So, I had to go flipper-less + we swam out FAR, y’all!!!!  The coral reefs were like a teeming city of fishies!!!!  Like the Chicago World Fair of fish!!!!   We saw a ton of humu­humu­nuku­nuku­āpuaʻa, the longest word in the Hawaiian language.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterfly fish, dragonets, puffer fish, surgeon fish, yellow tangs, humuhumu’ele’ele, wrasses, etc.!!! As we were swimming around, along the ocean floor I noticed A SHARK slinking about!!!!!!!  I was trying to be as non-conspicuous as I could be, “I don’t really see you, mister shark, do you see me???”  while making minimal body movements.  Jeff was pointing at it + so excited!!!  I was thinking, “Be cool!!!  Be cool, man!!!’!!!  We surfaced + he asked, “What kind of shark do you think that was?”.  I replied, “White tip shark”.  Well, I’m a regular marine biologist, y’all, because when we got back to the house we did some online research + I was on the money!!!!  White tip reef shark!!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank god they are non-aggressive.  Shark bait. By the way, these underwater pics aren’t ours cuz we don’t have an underwater camera, but you betcha we are going to buy a disposable one tomorrow, after today’s bounty!!!!  AAAAAARRR, avast ye yellow liver land lubbers!!!!!

Let’s just say swimming in white capped waters without flippers made we well worn out.  The rest of the day we hung out, sunning ourselves with our turtle neighbors munching along beside us.   HEAVEN, Y’AAAAAALLLLL!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s one face down napping like a champion.  

They get so pooped from eating from the algae buffet + dragging their fat little heavy bellies onto the shore, that once they manage – they just straight pass out.  I can feel you, turtle brother.  I feel you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff got antsy, of course + decided to yard work.  Let me repeat, yard work on a rental house!!!!  This guy doesn’t know the definition of  RELAXATION!!!!  My god, help me!!!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was happy where I was, but since mister ants-in-his-pants wanted to go out for sunset, we went to Pu’ukohola Heiau.  Built by Kamehameha I, on a prophecy that if he built this temple, he would conquer all the islands. 

And by 1810, he united all the islands of Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been the most amazing day together.  We are both so sad to see it coming to an end, but we are going to take advantage of this paradise to the end!!!!!!!!!!!

Puako Fantasy

Yesterday, do you all recall the drama we encountered with tractors + jackhammers right next to our Puako honeymoon rental?  Well, after I called the rental management company leaving three very angry messages, the care taker who resides in the main house below came to sheepishly explain to me that even she was surprised by the construction this morning, as well.  Verrrry suspect, considering it appeared that the work looked like it had been going on for quite a while.  I asked her to get the scoop on how many days they planned to be working because I couldn’t deal with the noise because I come from downtown los angeles, yo + I do not need to be listening to generators + trucks backing up all day!!!  I do not!!!!!  When she returned, she said they were re-building the sea wall + would be working for the rest of the week.  OH HELL NO!!!!!!  I called rental management + asked them if we had other options.  While I was angrily negotiating + hopping mad, here’s what Jeff was doing:  

 

 

Enjoying a snack, y’all!!!  He let’s me be bad cop because he knows I can be as mean as a hornet when I get fired up.  I see how it is…

 

 

 

Guess what, folks?!  They moved us into a house down the road – A HOUSE!!!!!!  We went from a studio TO A HOUSE!!!!  AND they gave it to us for the SAME PRICE as the studio!!!!!  A $510 a night house for $225 a night!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Granted, the studio was full of character + super charming, but it was small – I had to shuffle things around to prep dinner + had little buggies hanging around.  But, this house had a stove!!!!  Washer + dryer!!!  Dishwasher + tons of counter space!!!  I felt like a housewife fromthe 50’s.  Being a lady of modernity, I was seduced!!!!

Shiny!!!  Bright!!!  Sparkly!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Also, there was a mezuzah on the doorframe, so we knew we were in the right place.  For all not in the know, the mezuzah contains a parchment inscribed with specific Hebrew verses from the Torah.   My mom will be so happy to hear about this!  Shalom!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wraparound windows in the living room!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our backyard!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Reflection in the window from the porch.

 

 

 

The master bedroom with retro phone + Hawaiian quilt bedding!!!  Love it!!!!!!  By the way, I’m really not talking on the phone in this picture.  I just like to pretend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s kind of funny, because when we first got to the house, we noticed construction going on next door on a new home.  I was going to flip.  But Jeff talked to the guys + they were just building a deck.  I can deal with some hammering + sawing over a jack hammer any day!  The houses are far enough away that I don’t even hear them from the porch!!!  Score!!!!  Also, this is turtle central!!!!  It is like a turtle cafeteria in our backyard!!!  They are muncha-crunching out there, we swam alongside them + you can see their little heads surfacing the water all the live long day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like this cutie-patootie’s sleeping style!!!  Snoozel noodle!!!

 

 

 

 

 

This adolescent is like, “Peace out, you old folks keep napping!!!  I gotta motor!!!”  Action Jackson over here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whoopeee!!!!!  Wild card!!!  Black sheep!!!  The rebel, as they say!!!!!                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up the coast, Kohala’s ritzy, cha-cha-cha resort hotels.  Oh, rather!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s just say we spent the rest of our day enjoying the house to da max.  After moving in + moving out of the old digs, we just wanted to straight up chill.  If chill means doing 3 loads of laundry.  That night, bartender Jeff blended some cocktails + fired up the 2 grills.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a romantic!!!  Jeff insisted on traveling with the tealights we had recieved for the wedding from the Catlows + meticulously lights them every night!  He’s a better man than I!!!  Oh, wait that didn’t sound right….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We blasted the radio + had a dance party in the living room!  When Flashdance’s, “She’s a Maniac” came on, we tore it up!!!!  We got so psyched, Jeff found a youtube clip – in german + we kept on dancin’!!!!!!!

Ja!!!Es ist so gut!!!!  Enjoy!!!

Japanese Breakfast + Lots of Volcanic Activity

Yesterday we started the day at the Cooper Center.  We saw this sign the other day + new we had to make a cameo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These were our people, yo!!!  I don’t know if that’s necessarily a good thing, but we hung out, talked story, bought honey + looked at lots of weird stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The guy selling honey told longer stories than Jeff, but his Japanese wife made us the yummiest Japanese breakfast!  Suggoku oishikatta!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out those prices!!!!  Bomb!!!!

 

 

 

There were so many local characters there.  It was such a tight community. I loved it.  Here’s the lady with her pet turtle, who I was told is the swap meet mascot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was off to hike the Kilauea Iki Crater!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, is a path through lush rain forest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beautiful, but invasive Kahili ginger. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lehua blossom.  In Hawaiian folklore they represent tears from heaven for separated lovers everywhere.  Sigh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, we descended in to the crater itself.  Land of the Lost, y’all!!!! This is Pu’u Pua’i, the vent of the crater.  Here’s me in front of it doing my muscle competition pose.  Because that’s how volcanic craters make me feel.  Power!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Descending into the vent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing, hearty new life growing in the lava.  Jeff the explorer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fruity Pebbles lava.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steam vents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading out.

 

 

 

Next was the Maunu Ulu trail which is one of the longest known rift zone eruptions of Kilauea.  Fascinating!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like mother of pearl!!!  Gorgeous!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Out of this world!!!!  Dy-no-mite!!!

 

 

 

This is when I screamed, “Frodo!!!!  Sam!!!”!!!  I said, “Hey Jeff, remember in Lord of the Rings when Sam + Frodo were escaping the fires of Mordor + they were surrounded by flowing, red hot lava???”  He replied, “No, I’ve never seen any of those movies.”  I screamed, “Whaaaaaaat????!!!!”  I might have to rethink this marriage.   Well, I’m stopping this blog now because we have to check out + Jeff hasn’t downloaded all the pictures of more volcano fun, so until then!

 

 

 

 

 

“No, Mr. Frodo!!! You must hang on!!!!”