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hawaii 2012 – scenery

This is one of multiple posts of our trip to Oahu, Hawaii October 20-22, 2012.

There aren’t many photos that I can post that haven’t been taken millions of times by millions of other folks, but these photos are special because they were taken by me and Mike (mostly Mike).

First of all, the view from our room at the Ala Moana Hotel:I was so happy to be back in Hawaii that I didn’t even notice the dark clouds until I saw the photos.

How about some palm trees swaying in the breeze? Here you go…

A rainbow greeted us on our first day there.

And then a little later (drum roll, please)…

A double rainbow!

Now, photos in no particular order.


Titanic remembered through geocaching

Yesterday a blogging friend, Al from Thoughts of Houdini, posted about this year being the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, and that jogged my memory about a virtual cache we found in Hawaii a few years ago, GC584A – That Sinking Feeling.

Lucy Parrish was a survivor of the Titanic disaster. When she died in 1930 she was buried in Oahu Cemetery in Honolulu. See that white square in the upper corner of her headstone? Someone named Michael B. Romero placed that on her headstone. I’ve googled him several times to find out who he is and why he did that, but have never found anything. Geocaching quite often takes us places we would have never known existed (this beautiful cemetery being one of them) and shows us things we would have never known about (such as this memorial plaque for Lucy Parrish… or even her grave). Click on the photo below for a larger, clearer image of the plaque.

Mike, being a history buff, was very excited by this find and he stills mentions it from time to time. I’m not much for history, but even I was excited about it.

A few months ago I discovered a beautiful Titanic geocoin that I knew HAD to be in our collection, and it’s always a hit at geocaching meet & greet events. Here’s our gorgeous geocoin, made by geocacher mo pirate in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster:

If any geocachers see this post and want to discover this beautiful geocoin, please do. I left the number visible on purpose because it has its own logo, like the photo on the right.

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hawaii here we come!

We’re off to Hawaii in a couple of hours. Three full days of geocaching, date geocache in hawaiistamping, eating, shopping and maybe even some sleeping. Oh yeah, throw in a couple of those pretty tropical drinks, too. Ahhhh, paradise!

Along the way we’ll be visiting places where I (Kathy) lived in bygone years. The two houses I remember are in Kailua and Honolulu (Navy housing). I fancy drinks in hawaiidon’t know where our quonset hut or the little cottage in Pearl City were located. They’re probably not there anymore anyway. We’ll also cruise by Kailua Intermediate School and Radford High. Maybe even Pearl City Elementary. There are lots of good memories at all of those places. It’ll be a great trip.

saimin - yum our kailua house


Mrs. WS here. I was thinking about all the schools I attended throughout my life and decided I should post them lest I forget where I went at some point in the future. The list is long because I was a Navy brat and we didn’t stay in one place very long.

Jefferson Elementary – Hawthorne, California

Pearl City Elementary – Pearl City, Hawaii

Uncasville Elementary – Uncasville, Connecticut

a school I can’t remember the name of in Norfolk, Virginia (I was there only six weeks)

Poinciana Elementary – Key West, Florida

Sigsbee Elementary – Key West, Florida

Montville High School – Montville, Connecticut (6th grade went to the high school)

Berkeley Jr. High – Moncks Corner, South Carolina

Chicora High – Charleston, South Carolina

Pacific Beach Jr. High – Pacific Beach, California

Kailua Intermediate – Kailua, Hawaii

Radford High – Honolulu, Hawaii

Cascade High – Everett, Washington

Abilene Christian College – Abilene, Texas

Los Angeles Trade Technical College – Los Angeles, California

West Los Angeles College – Los Angeles, California

El Camino College – Torrance, California

Antelope Valley College – Lancaster, California

There they are, all the schools I’ve attended. I had quite an education… east coast, west coast, Hawaii when it was a territory and a second time when it was a state. When I went to school in California it was one of the best school systems in the U.S.; now it’s near the bottom of the list. Schools in the east half of the U.S. were the strictest and I learned the most while attending them. Hawaii was the most laid-back, as would be expected, and I had a great time!