We are just coming off of an amazing weekend full of wonderful activities, adventure, and fun!
Yesterday was all about the Road to Hana!
This was my third time doing this beyond beautiful drive... But I wasn't the driver this time around, Dave was behind the wheel and I was the designated co-pilot.
Painted Eucalyptus Trees
It was a rainy day, and put that together with being in the passenger seat is a recipe to lullaby me to sleep. But I didn't want to sleep! I wanted to be awake and look around! But I put up no fight to the strength of my eye lids - they are beasts and have all of the power!
*Side note: I've never done the Road to Hana on a rainy day, yet I have always read stories about people who encountered much rain during their drive. I love the rain so much that I was always kinda jealous that I hadn't experienced it in the rain. And well now the rest is history!
Anyhoo, luckily we stopped enough, got out and looked around to take in all of the lush beauty.
The waterfalls were magnificent, plentiful and rushing.
I decided that we should stop for some amazing creamy coconut ice cream (which was the plan) and that people come for from around the globe.
We went on the way out to the Pīpīwai Trail, just in case we would miss the 5:30p closing time on the way back.
It was soooo good, that I really was hoping that we'd be able to get some more on our way back!!
And then eventually, we arrived at the Haleakala National Park, and were ready to do some hiking!
I had done this hike back in 1994, and had remembered bits and pieces about it. One thing that hadn't slipped (no pun intended) my mind was slipping and falling on my butt! It was a rather comical moment!!
And off we went...
Eww I was getting dirty...but this was still clean!
Hugging a huge Banyan tree
Tons of falls on the way.
Roots and Rocks galore!
Through the bamboo forests where we lucked out with a board walk, to the very muddy and root ridden almost 4 mile (round trip) trail that led us to the Waimoku Falls.
Bamboo Everywhere - it was AMAZING!
We are almost there!
We heard the clacking of the plentiful Bamboo, the chirping of the birds, and the crashing of the water. We took in the fresh island air, and the pleasant scent of the wild guava trees. And we slipped and slid on what was in every sense of the word - a true mud slip and slide!
Cosette and Dominic were troopers - but Cosette was really excited with she finally saw a car in the distance and knew that we were almost done.
I gotta admit that I was a bit excited too, because my choice of footwear really didn't protect my feet all that well, and I have baby tender feet.Yup, not a callus on them. They are super sensitive, and they had been in pain for quite some time on the trail.
By just hiking on this trail, you step on so many rocks and roots that I know I sound like a big baby, but it really hurt my poor little (I guess they're not so little - size 9) feet!
But I didn't fall on my butt this time! I almost did...a few times, but I didn't! Cosette actually fell on her butt during a crossing, and she hopped back up so darn fast - I don't think I've ever seen her move so fast!!
And this was after washing them off! So gross and dirty!
And so that was our day! We didn't make it back in time for second helpings of ice cream, and we barely made it back for dinner!
But we had an amazing time, wonderful memories, and I have sore feet instead. LOL
This morning we are off on a Horseback riding adventure! Check out the National Geographic suggestions that Elisa has posted - I think there might be a few that I need to add to my list!
I'll catch you guys tomorrow :)
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Lunar Eclipse and YouTube Videos
HELLO!!! Before I go any further, I have to vent big time!!
Not exactly sure what happened yesterday to my blog! I wrote it as usual and unbeknownst to me, it never posted!!!
I'm not sure if my internet connection was messed up or if my connection to our server was off, but while it was there in front of me after I wrote it, it somehow got lost.
I was out the entire afternoon and didn't realize till one of our followers asked me what happened.
I was extremely ANGRY to say the least! Never had that happen before!
Well, let me move on to some good news.Last night was a Total Lunar Eclipse orBlood Moon.
A Total Lunar Eclipse happens when the Earth's shadow blocks the direct light from the Sun reaching the Moon's surface.
Eclipses of the Moon happen when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned to form an almost or exact straight line. The technical term for this is syzygy, which comes from the Greek word for being paired together.
Even though the Earth completely blocks sunlight from directly reaching the surface of the Moon, the Moon is still visible to the naked eye during a Total Lunar Eclipse.This is because the Earth's atmosphere refracts sunlight and indirectly lights up the Moon's surface, making it look red.
Earth casting its shadow on the moon
I managed to get outside last night at 10:00PM EST and snap some photos of the the "Blood Moon."
Now, I did not wait outside to for the next two hours to see the total Lunar eclipse, since I needed my beauty rest, but it's clear to see how cool this would look when the entire moon was red!
The next Lunar Eclipse will be on January 31, 2018.
Lunar Eclipse - Photo taken at 10:06PM EST on September 27, 2015
Considering my blog never appeared yesterday (grrrr), let me tell you a bit about my day with the girls at the barn on Saturday.
Gianna made some amazing headway with the new YouTube Channel for Dream Come True Farm!
Here are two of the Videos she produced!(she directed, filmed and edited them!)
I encourage you to LIKE the video!! I'm just so proud of my girl!!!
I love this action shot taken by Gianna yesterday at the barn. She is becoming quite the little camera pro!!
Kelsey looking on as one of the riders at Dream Come True does a jump (credit: Gianna)
All-Star hugging Gianna
And speaking of horseback riding, I found this wonderful article from National Geographic - Top 10 Horseback Rides Definitely CLICK HERE for the full article, but here are the Top 10 rides:
1. Valle de Bravo, Mexico 2. Masai Mara, Kenya 3. Loire Valley, France 4. Tuscany, Italy 5. Quebec, Canada 6. Jerez and Seville, Spain 7. Rajasthan, India 8. Cappadocia, Turkey 9. The Andes, Peru 10. Estancia, Argentina
This is going to be a crazy week school-wise as the kids have a number of tests and projects due.
I cannot believe that it will be the end of the month and we'll be into October by the end of the week!
I'll be back tomorrow for Travelin' Tuesday and more about Sicily!!!