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.As 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.
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!
We threw in a quick stop at End of the World for some cliff jumping.
What is a trip to Kona without Scandinavian shave ice? Ice cream, yes, azuki, no thanks.Standard Kua Bay Instagram picture? No problem:
More fruit please. Sure let’s just grab mangoes from the yard. Complete with post beach sunburn.
One day we headed to Kamuela on the way to Waipio. We needed roping and history lessons.Not enough beach time? Thinking that Alaska is chilly? Might as well get to Hapuna while it isn’t raining!The last day, Dad dropped us off at the airport and we had another killer sunset all the way home.
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.
Indoors we developed a wall mounted aquaponics setup that was cheap and fun to make.We built a chicken coop, but the landlord sold the house we were living in before we could get the chickens.Gardens 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.
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.
Climbing in Vietnam.
Diving off a boat in Waikiki.
Spring boarding in Colorado.
So please, if you have any free time, appreciate it or better yet, go outside.
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.
Instead, go watch a triathlon. You will probably be inspired to do one. I even let this guy take picture with me.