Quick Trip to Kona.

We took a quick 4 day trip to Kona to visit my dad. Day one was mostly travel, but we got a beautiful sunset even from the plane. The moon could even be seen in the top left corner. We took this to be a good sign for the upcoming trip.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.28.24 AM.pngAs soon as we arrived, we had to play with the dogs. My dad has the kind of relationship with his dogs like we have with ours.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.30.32 AM.png

The  weather may have been a little wet, but the temperature was a bit higher than it was in Anchorage. The trip also included a lot of fruit. Papayas from the yard or lilikoi mimosas, fruit was a major part!Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.30.41 AM.pngScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.32.13 AM.png

We threw in a quick stop at End of the World for some cliff jumping.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.32.58 AMScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.33.08 AM

What is a trip to Kona without Scandinavian shave ice? Ice cream, yes, azuki, no thanks.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.34.17 AM.pngStandard Kua Bay Instagram picture? No problem:Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.35.31 AM.png

More fruit please. Sure let’s just grab mangoes from the yard. Complete with post beach sunburn.

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One day we headed to Kamuela on the way to Waipio. We needed roping and history lessons.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.37.02 AM.pngScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.37.54 AM.pngScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.38.29 AM.pngNot enough beach time? Thinking that Alaska is chilly? Might as well get to Hapuna while it isn’t raining!Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.39.15 AM.pngThe last day, Dad dropped us off at the airport and we had another killer sunset all the way home.

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A hui hou.

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November 20th – Mountains.

In the summer, I love to fish the creeks, river, and lakes in the mountains.

Screen shot 2013-11-22 at 5.26.40 AM Screen shot 2013-11-22 at 5.27.29 AM Screen shot 2013-11-22 at 5.27.49 AMIn the winter, we are out cross country or downhill skiing, snowboarding, or fishing in them still.

Screen shot 2013-11-22 at 5.31.17 AM Screen shot 2013-11-22 at 5.30.10 AMThe mountains are less populated all over the world. The high elevations of Washington, Hawai’i, Colorado and New Zealand have all impacted me. Go check your mountains out now!

 

November 19th – Gardens.

In Hawai’i, there was always something growing and something being harvested on our property. Papayas, mangoes, pineapple, bananas, lilikoi, herbs, and some other stuff. It wasn’t a real garden in neat little rows that we were out weeding all of the time. This stuff can be found almost everywhere. People give you extra lychee or pineapples because they have too many at their house.

In Ireland, my grandparents had a garden and a greenhouse. My grandfather would grow rhubarb and when it was picked we would dip it in sugar and eat it raw. My grandmother would use mint from the garden to make a fresh mint sauce when we would have pork for dinner.

Here in Seattle, our outdoor growing season is fantastic and short without a greenhouse. Beside the curb, we made a raised garden bed and filled it with lettuce, kale, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, strawberries, and probably some more things.

Screen shot 2013-11-21 at 5.40.20 AMIndoors we developed a wall mounted aquaponics setup that was cheap and fun to make.photo 2We built a chicken coop, but the landlord sold the house we were living in before we could get the chickens.IMG_2841Gardens have started to turn me on to homesteading. Living in a new house, we need to start the garden from scratch. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to have a garden.

November 9th – Free Time.

Never wonder what to do with your free time. I promise I will never waste a day wondering what to do because I have nothing to do. Laziness is to be appreciated. I am quite envious of people that I see only working or only going to school. The combo of both is very taxing.

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Climbing in Vietnam.

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Diving off a boat in Waikiki.

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Spring boarding in Colorado.

So please, if you have any free time, appreciate it or better yet, go outside.

November 8th – Health.

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard or said, “Your health is your wealth” to people. Hanging out in long term care for our clinicals can really drive this idea home. Ask anyone that feels like they are getting sick. Nobody likes it. All of the money in the world cannot save you from your own mortality, yet. Most of the people that I have met in the healthcare industry actually want to make someone’s life better.

So don’t let me see you in a professional setting where you will need me or one of my colleagues to take care of you.

Screen shot 2013-11-08 at 9.16.26 PMInstead, go watch a triathlon. You will probably be inspired to do one. I even let this guy take  picture with me.

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