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Our Hawaiian Vacation: From Hawaii to Pennsylvania

I got up around 6:00 am on September 11th (Tuesday) and began to gather up our belongings to pack for the return trip home.

The temperature was 71F at 7:10 am and calm. It was sunny and quite clear too. As I looked down on Kona Airport, I could see a prominent dividing line between the land, ocean and sky. There are clouds in the sky. It doesn’t look like there is a tropical storm (Olivia) nearby.  It must have been raining somewhere because there was a faint rainbow over the ocean.

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I am really going to miss this view!

Dorothy prepared a lovely dinner for us.  All of the meals that Dorothy prepared, while we were in Hawaii, were delicious.  Our last dinner there, though, was special.  Dinner was stuffed noodles and black bottom pie. Bob asked whose birthday it was. His mother made this meal for birthdays.

By 6:15 pm we were at Kona Airport and through security, waiting at gate 2.

We had not seen any nasty weather from Tropical Storm Olivia. I did hear an airline attendant make a remark about the wind, though, at Kona Airport. It was a bit windy, as we were lining up to get on the airplane. She said there is usually no wind, when the sun goes down. The existence of wind at the airport at that time was unusual.

We were seated on the airplane at 7:26 pm and departed the airport at 8:00 pm.

I slept some during the flight to Denver. I needed more sleep, though, as I had a headache as we were coming in for a landing. We arrived in Denver at 6:07 am local time on September 12th (Wednesday).

We were sitting at our gate at 7:17 am, waiting for our departure time. Our airplane was scheduled to depart, en route Pittsburgh, at 9:52 am.  It was nice not to have to rush at this airport like we did on August 31st, when we arrived from Pittsburgh. We had time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast at an airport cafe.

We were seated on the airplane at 9:30 am.  We departed the gate at 9:48 am.  At 10:44 am we had not yet reached the runway!  The United Airbus is susceptible to hot brakes. We did a lot of stopping and starting, while taxiing to the runway.  The pilot announced that we would not be able to take off until the brakes had cooled down.

We finally departed Denver Airport at 11:19 am.  We arrived at Pittsburgh Airport at 3:50 pm local time, an hour late.  My first thought, as we landed, was about the brakes.  I hoped the brakes that had overheated while taxiing to the runway in Denver would stop the airplane!

We retrieved our checked bag from baggage claim.  Then we telephoned Marriott shuttle service for pick up and delivery to car.

We returned home at 8:15 pm, making only one stop along the way.  We stopped for a quick bite at Burger King in Barkeysville, PA.  By the time we returned home, we had been awake (for the most part) for about 32 hours. We were both exhausted. I went to bed soon after returning home. Bob followed about an hour later.

We had a most wonderful vacation and loved spending time with Bob’s brother and our sister-in-law, but it is good to be home.  Thank you, Dorothy and John, for EVERYTHING.

 

 

Our Hawaiian Vacation – A Scenic Vista, Mauna Kea Sighting and a Rainbow

This blog post continues the activities of Thursday, September 6th.

From the Pololu Valley Lookout we drove to Waimea via Highway 250, or Kohala Mountain Road — a distance of approximately 30 miles.

Approximately 21 miles from Pololu Valley Lookout there is a pull off for Scenic Point.

_LG28112From Scenic Point there is a splendid vista of the Kohala Coast and Kawaihae Harbor far below.

A little farther along Highway 250 we came across a view of Mauna Kea.  Mauna Kea is one of five volcanoes on the Island of Hawaii.  Mauna Kea, at a height of 13,796 feet above sea level, is the tallest of the five volcanoes.

_LG28114Mauna Kea, with a cloud wall in front of it
I took this picture from inside our car.

A little farther along the highway we found a pull off.

_LG28116Mauna Kea, with a cloud wall in front of it

If you click on one or both of the images of Mauna Kea and then magnify the Flickr image, you will be able to see several of the observatories that sit on top of Mauna Kea.

We arrived at the Big Island Brew House in Waimea at approximately 3:45 pm.  While Dorothy, Bob and John were partaking of liquid refreshment inside the Big Island Brew House, I stayed in the car updating my journal with Wednesday’s activities. I was easily distracted, though, from writing in my journal.  It was hot outside, and the car windows were down.  It started to rain, and I had to close the windows.  It stopped raining, and I opened the windows again.  This activity continued off and on, while parked at Big Island Brew House.  It got even more distracting, when the sun was shining and it was raining.  You know what that means don’t you?  RAINBOW!

_LG28124Rainbow!

With a rainbow visible, I was now even more distracted from writing in my journal.  I was jumping out of the car (in the rain) taking a picture of the rainbow and then jumping back into the car.  I repeated this motion several times!

_LG28125Rainbow!

_LG28126What a pretty rainbow!

_LG28127The rainbow was a BIG distraction!

Look at this!  As we left Waimea, that rainbow still graced us with its beauty!

_LG28129How BEAUTIFUL!

_LG28128The rainbow was visible for over an hour!

20180906_164626Dorothy took this picture of me and the rainbow.

I did get caught up in my journaling, but not until later that evening.

I will conclude the activities of Thursday, September 6th, in my next blog post.

Niagara Falls, NY Visit

On Monday, April 10th, after visiting Niagara Falls (Ontario, Canada), we crossed the Rainbow Bridge into New York at approximately 12:15 pm.  We parked at the Niagara Falls State Park parking lot. We didn’t incur the $10.00 fee for parking, as we purchased an Empire Pass Card earlier in the year.

We ate lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. Bob ordered a Java Lava Burger with French fries and an IPA that came in a souvenir pint glass. I ordered a pulled chicken sandwich with French fries, coleslaw and cowboy beans. Both meals were good. I can’t recall ever having a bad meal, or bad service, at Hard Rock Cafe.

After lunch, we crossed the pedestrian bridge onto Goat Island. We walked to Terrapin Point (Horseshoe Falls).

_LG20822Horseshoe Falls at Terrapin Point

_LG20824Horseshoe Falls at Terrapin Point

_LG20829Horseshoe Falls at Terrapin Point

It was a beautiful, but extremely windy, day at Niagara Falls. It wasn’t just mist that pelted us, when the wind kicked up! We made several attempts to get close to Horseshoe Falls at Terrapin Point. We finally made it to the brink of the Falls, without getting too wet.

From Terrapin Point we walked to Stedman’s Bluff, which overlooks Luna Island. As we approached Stedman’s Bluff, I noticed an addition.

_LG20833The Nikola Tesla Statue now sits on Stedman’s Bluff, overlooking the American Falls.

This bronze statue of Nikola Tesla was a 1976 bicentennial gift to the United States from the people of Yugoslavia.  The statue was moved from the center of the Cave of the Winds plaza on Goat Island to its new location.  I like the statue in its new location!

_LG20834Iconic view of Luna Island and the American and Bridal Falls from Stedman’s Bluff
(see the rainbow?)

From Stedman’s Bluff we walked down several steps to Luna Island.

_LG20840Bridal Falls, as seen from Luna Island

_LG20843Bob, on Luna Island
(see the rainbow?)

From Luna Island we walked alongside Niagara River, back over the pedestrian bridge, and along Niagara River to Prospect Point (American Falls).

_LG20850I liked this view of Canada across the Niagara River, while we were walking on Luna Island.

_LG20853Walking across the Pedestrian Bridge
This young couple has the right idea to get good pictures of the raging waters of Niagara River!

_LG20861Prospect Point View of the American Falls

We departed Niagara Falls soon after photographing the American Falls at Prospect Point.  We returned home around 6:45 pm.  What a GREAT day for a day trip!

Niagara Falls Daycation

[Please note that this blog post is backdated to October 10; the post was published on November 12.]

 

We went for a walk today…at Niagara Falls State Park.

We left home en route Niagara Falls around 8:00 am, arriving in Niagara Falls about 2 ½ hours later.   We parked at Prospect Point, where the Empire Passport provided unlimited day use vehicle entry into the park.  The Empire Passport saves us $10 each time we visit Niagara Falls State Park.

After parking and going to the bathroom at the Visitors Center, we walked to Terrapin Point.

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We were disappointed to find Terrapin Point under construction.  Visitors will not be able to get up close and personal with Horseshoe Falls until Summer 2016.

_LG18729 4x6Terrapin Point

From Terrapin Point we walked to the Goat Island overlook of the American Falls and then to the Luna Island overlook of the American Falls.

_LG18738 4x6Goat Island Overlook of American Falls

20151010_152057838_iOSBob and I at Goat Island Overlook of American Falls

_LG18742 4x6Luna Island
Looking down Bridal Falls and seeing Maid of the Mist on Niagara River


(Select HD for best video quality.)
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LJG18749-Niagara_Falls_NYLuna Island view of American Falls
I loved watching the rainbow form in the video displayed above this photograph.

I can’t recall the last time we were on Luna Island. It had been a while.

 

From Luna Island we walked to Prospect Point for one last view of the American Falls.

_LG18750 4x6En route Prospect Point

_LG18764 4x6En route Prospect Point

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See the drone?

_LG18769 4x6Prospect Point

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Prospect Point

What a nice walk we had!  I never tire of the sights and sounds available in Niagara Falls.

Indians and a Rainbow

We’re on our way to New Hampshire, where we will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday with Bob’s sister, Cynthia, and her family. We made one fuel stop during today’s travels. The fuel stop was at a gas station on an Indian Reservation near Limestone, New York. I took pictures of a couple Indians that we saw at the fuel stop.

Indian #1

Indian #2

Rainy conditions were with us throughout much of today’s journey. However, much to our amazement, a rainbow followed us for about an hour along Routes 86 and 88 in New York.

We will arrive in New Hampshire tomorrow. We’re looking forward to seeing Cynthia and Larry and spending the holiday weekend with them.
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