Monday, June 29, 2015

Sixteen Sweetness

 How did she get from this to this?
 Life's an hourglass. That's for sure!

 Three-time Caldecott winner David Wisner 
autographed his book for Cammy a few years ago.
 He told her he had never before met anyone
 born on this exact date.
Such a fun, serendipity moment!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pearl Harbor

 Our visit to Pearl Harbor happened to be on the the weekend
of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe day.
The day the Nazis surrendered in Germany in World War II.
It made our day there even more poignant.
 "Those who have long enjoyed such privilege as we enjoy
forget in time that men have died to win them."
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Bill of Rights Day, November 27, 1941

 Being aboard The USS Arizona was both sobering and humbling.
Almost half of the casualties on that fateful day
 occurred on this naval battleship.
Among the 1,177 crewmen who were killed in the attack 
were 23 sets of brothers.

All 21 members of the Arizona's band, known as 
U.S. Navy Band Unit 22 were killed.
Most of it's members were up on deck 
to play music for the daily flag raising ceremony.
When the attack began they instantly moved
 to man their battle positions
 beneath the ship's gun turret.
At no other time in American history
 has an entire military band died in action.

 Since 1982, the U.S. Navy has allowed survivors to be interred
 in the ship's wreckage upon their deaths.
A memorial was built at the USS Arizona site,
 thanks in part to Elvis Presley.
In March 1961, Elvis, who had recently finished 
a two-year stint in the U.S. Army,
performed a benefit concert at Pearl Harbor's Block Arena
that raised over $50,000.
The monument was officially dedicated on May 30, 1962,
and attracts more than a million visitors a year.

This was a serendipity moment.
Those who know me will know why.
Perhaps a distant relative of my husband?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Shipwreck Near Goat Island on Oahu

 I'm guessing this is not a common sight on a Hawaiian beach.
One of the days we were in Hawaii a 55-foot sailing boat
slammed onto a reef and got destroyed.
The coast guard got stuck trying to rescue the people 
and then helicopters were sent in.
We heard them throughout the night.
Thankfully all were rescued and taken
 by ambulance to the local hospital.
 The following morning the once pristine beach 
was filled with wreckage.
The ocean continued to relentlessly spit the debris onto the shore
 as if to say,
"Respect me. I don't want your junk."

I went out for awhile and helped some neighboring beach renters
gather and throw the trash higher up towards the beach houses 
away from the continuous tides.
I found some interesting items:
Benadryl pills, a tube of denture fixative, nicotine patches,
a golf club, an empty yogurt container.

 This was a reminder to me about the power of the ocean.
She can be calm, tranquil, inviting.
But also turbulent, dangerous and scary.
Respect her.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Beaches, sea turtles, blossoms and shave ice

 Of course you purchase the traditional tourist photo 
with beautiful Polynesians.

 I took this photo from the ancient temple area of 
Pu'u O Ma'huka Heiau
overlooking the stunning Waimea Bay.
 We enjoyed a day in lovely Haleiwa,
and watched the sea turtles come on shore.
The Hawaiian Sea Turtle, or Honu,
is the symbol of longevity, peace, good luck, humility,
and the spirit within.
 This shoreline was different than the other beaches
 with black rock everywhere.
 I had fun watching these little friends waiting for 
the sea turtles to arrive.
As you can see the little girl was wearing a princess dress.

 One of my favorite shots.
 We were advised before our trip that we absolutely had to visit
Matsumoto Joe's Shave Ice while on the island.
And those folks weren't kidding.
We may have gone back more than once:)

 On our many drives, Bill was very patient with me 
as I kept asking him to stop the car and pull over
so I could get photos of all the amazing blossoms
 on the side of the road.

And yes, we also stopped to take home a piece of the famous pie!