Month: January 2020


We arrived home to a bonus business visit from David residing in Spain and Katie back early from ‘Africa’ so with Jess and Ben we had all four of our chicks and partners for just one special lunch! Trudi and Gareth, Brett and Mich hosted us for Gareth’s birthday celebration. Such a wonderful welcome home. Read More

DAY 153 – 30th November – Saturday- IN THE AIR AND ARRIVING HOME

In Hawaii we were twelve hours behind Johannesburg. First leg to Seattle we caught up 2 hours and by the time we reached Washington 5 hours. We will catch up a further 7 hours by the time we reach Johannesburg – a total of 12-hours. The potential for jet-lag is at an unprecedented level in Read More

DAY 152 – 29th November – Friday- WASHINGTON DC

We will leave from the hotel at 1–pm today. Bernie is keen to relax, pace himself and hone his Sudoku skills. Martie is keen on not relaxing and honing her Smithsonian Museum skills. She is off faster than a scalded cat to her first stop the Museum of Natural History. I visited this yesterday and Read More

DAY 151 – 28th November – Thursday – WASHINGTON DC

THANKSGIVING. Today is going to be a long busy day! We had a brief glimpse of the sights on the extensive National Mall route during our leg stretch last night but today we are determined to do justice to as many sights as we are able, and we set out with purpose first to the Read More

DAY 150 – 27th November – SEATTLE TO WASHINGTON DC

Last night we reached our hotel around midnight. The day was spent at Hilo airport, then Daniel K. Inouye in Oahu, which has a restful outdoor garden incorporated into its waiting areas and live entertainment during our fast food lunch, and finally awaiting transfers from Teatac in Seattle to our hotel from ten days previously. Read More

DAY 149 – 26th November – Tuesday – BIG ISLAND TO OAHU TO SEATTLE

Aloha. Whew, a long day of travelling ahead of us. Isabella has prepared a delicious breakfast of Kona coffee, perfect pawpaw, grated pineapple, sweet and gentle, no acidity at all, with yoghurt and soft warm banana breads. We will miss this young family from Brazil – Isabella, Ulysses, and six-month old Melyssa, who are managing Read More

DAY 148 – 25th November – Monday – BIG ISLAND, HAWAI’I VOLCANOES NP

At the visitor centre we attend a park ranger informative chat about the park. He is our most entertaining Parks guide to date. A local Hilo ex-service man – he is erudite and humorous with a depth of knowledge. Personable to children and adults alike – a good way to start the morning. We visit Read More

DAY 147 – 24th November – BIG ISLAND HAWAII

Our B&B, ‘A beautiful edge of the world’, certainly is, with its sweeping views onto virgin land and the vast Pacific Ocean beyond. The meow of the resident cat, cardinals, house finches on top of the banana palms, glowing red in the sun, greet us and the new day. The red jungle fowl are scratching Read More

DAY 146 – 23rd November – Saturday – OAHU TO BIG ISLAND

Our flight is at 11:20-am on Hawaiian airlines which is celebrating 90 years of operation. Bernie is keen for home now. Martie is still enthusiastic to explore. This next leg to Big Island was a later add on and we haven’t researched it satisfactorily. Our arrival is on the wrong side of the island and Read More

DAY 145 – 22nd November – Friday – OAHU, HAWAII

West to North Oahu We’re woken to familiar sounds. Wailing fire engines, police vehicles, early morning dustbin trucks and the howling wail of, well we’re not quite sure? Is it a morning greeting, a cry for help or a disgruntled homeless person? We have heard it on a few of our mornings here, a repetitive Read More

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