Sunday, July 27, 2014

Changes



Many things have changed in our life since I started this blog in the summer of 2009.  2009 was the year that Tim "retired" from the mill.  I say "retired" since it really wasn't his choice (the mill closed)  and it certainly didn't last very long.  He eventually ended up going back to work in the oil fields of Alberta.  While the money was good, it also meant that we were apart for long periods of time.  Neither one of us liked it very much but it did allow us to do things that we might not have been able to do otherwise; like renovating the kitchen, travelling to Maui with friends, taking a cruise to the Caribbean, putting in hardwood floors, redoing our back deck.  All things that we have wanted to do since moving into the house 20 years ago but just could not afford.



What was originally only suppose to be a short stint turned into 4 years.  Tim found it difficult to give up the money and his contract kept getting extended.   When Tim's mom got really sick last summer I was able to talk him into taking the summer off of work to spend it with her.  After Alma passed in August I think Tim started to think about retirement again but felt guilty about leaving the company.   Our granddaughter was born in October and I hated that Tim was missing so much of her life .  Finally, in March of 2014 Tim retired, again.  He has been thoroughly enjoying his retirement.  He's busy and he is a huge part of our granddaughter's life and that tickles him to no end.  The circle of life continues and while we miss Alma every single day, we are also reminded of how wonderful life is when we watch Naomi grow and learn. 



I'm not sure what direction to take this blog.  I've never considered myself to be a writer.  I started this blog as a way for family and friends to keep track of us on our trip across Canada.  We aren't doing much travelling these days and I haven't been all that good about writing about the travelling we have done. It may be time to call it quits and be done with the blog.





Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Vancouver!



We just did a whirlwind trip to Vancouver!  I love Vancouver....mostly because that's where I met my husband!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Maui - Day 6 - March 21, 2011

Today was a very quiet day.


Janice and Tim went snorkeling.  I went to the pool for an hour or so.

After lunch we took a drive to Makena Beach.





Dinner on the rooftop and a sunset finished off the day.







Maui - Day 5 - March 20, 2011


Today is our trip on the road to Hana and like childbirth; I had completely forgotten how bad it really was.   I didn't get many pictures that can really show you how truly bad it is.   We are on the look out for t-shirts that say we survived to Road to Hana.....at one point Janice was ready to get out and walk.  "Okay, that's enough...I'm done." she said.   Regardless, the scenery was spectacular and I think it was well worth the trip.  Janice might disagree though.








Our first stop was Ho'opika Beach Park.  This particular spot is a favourite of surfers.   There weren't many out on the day we stopped but there were a few.








Our next stop was Wai'....National Park.  We stopped here for lunch and a nice walk around.  The black sand beach here is spectacular.  The blow hole was pretty quiet...but the wave crashing on the rocks more than made up for the quiet blow hole.

Maui - Day 4 - March 19, 2011

Today we started the day at the beach.  Janice and Tim tried out the mask and fins while Reg and I sat on the beach and watched.  I have a cold and Reg didn't think he could manage the mask and fins.  I'm hoping that in the next couple of days I'll feel up to it as I love snorkeling.

After lunch we headed towards Lahaina to check out Napili Beach for snorkeling but ended up going to the Maui Tropical Plantation instead.  Unfortunately I don't have many photos as my battery died part way through the tour and I didn't have my back up camera with me.









After the plantation we headed up to Ka'anapali for dinner at the Hula Grill.  We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there.  The food was great and the atmosphere was wonderful.  We were right on the beach and were able to watch the sunset as we ate.







We wandered around the Whaler's Village for a couple of hours looking at all the shops....and there were plenty to see...I don't think we saw all of them either.  We plan on going back!




Maui - Day 3 - March 18, 2011

Today we had an early start....a very early start.  We were up at 3 am to watch the sunrise at Haleakala Crater.  The moon was out in full force so the drive was really quite nice until we started started the rise to the summit....then it was full of switchbacks not unlike the road to Hana except this road was paved and had two lanes.  

At the 10 mile marker we paid $10.00 to get into the park and I can only imagine how cold that poor guy must have been. We stopped at the visitor center part way up (7,000 feet) the mountain to use the washroom and were completely surprised by the force of the wind!  As we got closer to the summit it seemed as though it was socked in with clouds but as we got closer the clouds began to clear off somewhat.   


Near the summit we saw a plant called silverswords ('ahinahina).  This plant is unique to Hawai'i and is a protected plant; the fine for damaging them is hefty apparently.  


We were at the summit in plenty of time to see the sunrise...now all we had to do was wait.  We thought we had dressed appropriately but next time I would definitely put some long underwear on and wear a fleece under my jacket.  The wind at the summit was unbelievable.  In the end the wait was was well worth it.  








We got back to the condo around mid-morning and decided it would be a good idea for us all to have a nap.   After a good nap we decided to go for a walk along the Kehei area and maybe head up to Wailea and check out the shopping center there.  Wailea is farther away than we thought so we turned around at Kama'eole Beach 111.  We stopped at Fred's Mexican Cafe for lunch where they serve the most outrageous glasses of beer!


The guys headed back to the condo while Janice and I checked out the shopping in the area.


The evening was spent relaxing on the roof top while watching the whales and cooking ribs on the barbecue.  








Paradise!