Becky smiles at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens on Dec. 28. We saw lots of pretty flowers and other interesting plants, as well as a giant snail and an incredible scenic vista, and we drove around in a very old car that couldn’t make it up hills with more than a 2-percent grade. :)
A humpback whale flips its tail up into the air! Here’s another whale tail, and here’s a whole bunch of whales — I count four. We also saw dolphins during our Dec. 26 boat ride, including this spinner dolphin swimming right alongside the boat.
What can I say? It was an incredible trip. Hawaii is not only my newest state, it’s also definitely one of my favorite states, if not the favorite.
*does not include airplane flyovers
(If you’re wondering, my northernmost lifetime point is somewhere in the Scottish Highlands, and my easternmost lifetime point is somewhere in or near Hamburg, Germany. All four of my ordinal-direction records were set with Becky.)
I also went snorkeling for the first time ever, saw dolphins at closer range than I ever had before, and saw nude sunbathers on a beach for the first time. Twice. :)
A spinner dolphin swims right next to our boat. Here’s a pic of several dolphins. Sorry, no pictures of nude sunbathers. :)
Well, I’ll say more about Hawaii once I get more pictures online. Right now, I’m still putting together the pieces of my broken hard drive, but the pictures have been rescued, and I will try to put more of them online by Thursday. For the moment, suffice it to say, Hawaii is awesome.
Hauoli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year!)
I accidentally left my cell phone in Arizona at Becky’s house. D’oh!!! That’s why I didn’t post any updates about my flight home today. But I’m back in Newington. Hurrah!
I’ll write a Hawaii wrap-up shortly.
On ground in Phoenix, AZ. Just left Barry M. Goldwater Terminal, now going to car.