Waking up in Hawaii is just awesome. The views are stunning, and being here you can feel that there is just such a calm peaceful nature in the air. It's wonderful!
We have been very fortunate to vacation here a number of times and I'm pretty darn tooten' sure that this certainly won't be the last time!
If you haven't yet had the opportunity, I strongly recommend it!!
Yesterday was filled with one of my favorites: Sea Turtles -there was a scary minute or two as we had actually witnessed one of them getting washed up into the tide pools and flipped over! The pool little guy seemed freaked out and urgently attempted to flip back right side up. I swear that if he couldn't that we were going to go and help him/her. But that wasn't at all necessary as he managed and had it covered all on his own!
There was also such a cute tiny little adorable young turtle bobing around.
We found out that this special place that we go to watch them is actually a "washing station" for the turtles and there are these fish that clean them while they visit. How perfect is that?! Nature is really just so perfect - people really need to just stop screwing it up.
Curious about these wonderful sea creatures? Check out my 15 Interesting Facts about Sea Turtles just below...
15 Facts about Sea Turtles:
Sea turtles are reptiles.
There are 7 species of sea turtles.
Sea turtles are endangered.
Most sea turtles undergo long migrations, some as far as 1400 miles, between their feeding grounds and the beaches where they nest.
Green sea turtles can stay under water for as long as five hours even though the length of a feeding dive is usually five minutes or less.
Kemp's Ridley is the smallest sea turtle at 30 inches long.
The largest sea turtle is the leatherback - an adult can reach over six and a half feet long.
Kemp's Ridley weighs between 80-100lbs. Leatherback can weigh over 2,000 pounds.
The Leatherback Sea Turtle is the only species that doesn’t have a backbone that attaches to the inside of their shell.
Lifespan: They can live to be over 100 yrs old!
These ancient creatures have been on Earth for more than 100 million years — even surviving the dinosaurs when they became extinct 65 million years ago.
Sea turtles lay eggs on land.
Their gender depends on how hot or cold their environment was while they were in their eggs.
Only one hatchling in a thousand makes it to adulthood (15-25 yrs)
June 16, is World Sea Turtle Day, a day used to honor and highlight the importance of sea turtles.
After we said our Good Byes to the delightful creatures, we made our way over to the famous Poipu Beach - Poipu has recieved numerous "top 5" beach awards - both national and worldwide! It has even been named America's Best Beach by the Travel Channel!
While we were there, a film crew happened to be filming a documentary featuring Mike Coots - The inspiring Shark Attack survivor who lost his right leg as a teen, and then who got right back into the water only a month later with his new prosthetic leg! And just in case you were wondering, he has taken bad wipeouts and the leg has got ripped off and lost it in the ocean. Now almost 2 decades later still surfs and turned professional photographer - taking pictures of himself while surfing! And get this...he is also an advocate for shark conservation.
We enjoyed yet another beautiful Hawaiian Sunset and then called it a day!
I'm gonna leave you off with a couple of Throwback Thursday pictures from Hawaii!
Don't forget to come back and check out Elisa's TBT story that she'll have posted later today.
Catch ya back here tomorrow from the amazing Princeville!
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Throwin' it back to 2005
Before, I go any further - have you guys been keeping up with Tanya's Hawaii trip?!
Boy, does it sound amazing!
As you know, I wanted to make this trip with my dear cuz, but it just wasn't possible with the school schedule. Next time!!
Happy to say, I am all packed and ready for my weekend trip to Lancaster. Not much to pack, really. A few pairs of jeans, leggings and tops.
Later on, I'll put together a little cooler of snacks and waters for me and Gianna. Although I will mis having Kelsey with us, I think this will prove to be a really fun, mother -daughter trip for me and my favorite 11 year old.
And speaking of trips with Gianna, my Throwback Thursday features the first time I ever traveled by plane with her! (CLICK HERE)
It was definitely a new experience for me and the weeks that followed in Boca Raton, Florida at my mom and dad's were a breath of fresh air in the warm sunny weather, away from the cold in New York.
At LaGuardia Airport - Jan. 2005 - First plane trip as a mom with my little Gianna (8 months)
My little sweetie on the flight
Taking an inflight snooze
Today I'm going to have lunch with my sister and Dad. I'm hoping it's a nice day considering the trauma my dad had last week with losing his little puppy, Mikey.
The good news is that he is on the search for a new little fur baby.
I'll be doing some YouTubing later, where I'll be talking about - how apropos, "traveling with kids."
Yes, I'm getting closer to determining our upload schedule, which I'll tell you about tomorrow.
By the way, Lovin' those turtles on Tanya's blog today!!! So adorable!!
Sorry for a quickie today folks, but I have to get shakin'.