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Fall Bike Week at Myrtle Beach

... the last day!

sunny

C and I rode down to Myrtle Beach yesterday for the last day of Fall Bike Week! We met up with his parents and had a fantastic day! (Except for the lunch restaurant, eh? hehehe Sheesh!) I took my regular camera, but when I whipped it out for the first picture, I realized that it had no memory card!!! So the pics we do have were taken with C's new cell phone.

My father-in-law
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SuckBangBlow... we were there at around 1pm on Sunday of the last day, so it was really dead. Everyone was already gone, or recovering from Saturday night.

Can you find C & I in this pic? LOL!
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Here's where we parked, behind the main Harley shop
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Annnd here we are, right before we hit the road back to North Carolina.
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The trip was 2 1/2 hours each way. We didn't get lost either! My face and neck got really sun-burned.

Posted by Brazen 09:34 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Shark Dive, North Shore, Hawaii

Hi Friends!! Sorry it's been so long since I've posted here. We have made the move back to the mainland, and have actually been in North Carolina since March 24th! It's been two months since we got here, and we still don't have our on-base housing, so we've been living in hotels, and now a temporary apartment. This means we're still living out of the suitcases that we left Hawaii with!! It's crazy.

I bought a laptop when we left the island to TRY and stay online... but I still went without connectivity for what felt like a LONG TIME! I hate paying .18 cents a minute, at some places.

But we're back online now at this apartment. I wanted to share the last exciting thing that I did before leaving Hawaii!! Going on a SHARK DIVE was one of those things that I had always considered a "Must Do!"... and I left it until the last week that I was there to accomplish. LOL

Here's my new email address... now that we're back on the mainland, I'm dying to hear from some of you that I haven't talked with for 3 years!! -------------> brazenlisa@gmail.com

Ok... the pics!! Now, this adventure ROCKED!!!!!!!!! No two ways about it. :D I'm going to put up all of the pictures that I have on my computer right now. They're only the under water shots.... the pics from inside the boat I can't get to right now.

So, in no particular order.... the sharks!!

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Ok, LOL, that's the whole roll of film! I took one of those waterproof disposable cameras down with me. I was so worried the day that I went, our household goods had already been packed up, and we were living out of the suitcases... and I hadn't saved out any contact lenses!! So I knew I couldn't wear my glasses down there with the snorkle gear, and I was SO afraid that I wouldn't be able to see well enough to even take good pictures.

WHO KNEW!!? Those sharks were SO close that they filled up the whole view finder! LOL You'd have to be flat blind to not have been able to see them. hehe

They would swim by me, and bump their sides onto me... it's like they were checking me out. LOL My pictures got better, once I knew to expect the bumps, because they were really strong! And I'd get knocked pretty good, some times. LOL All the whites bubbles in those pics up there are from them swooshing either their bodies or their tails right next to me.

These sharks, I was told, were Galapagos sharks and averaged 8 feet in length; the females were bigger. =o)

Posted by Brazen 07:45 Comments (0)

Random Photos

sunny

Completely random set of pictures here... =o)

There are 5 lighthouses on this island, and so I thought I'd visit all of them before we leave... this is the 3rd one I've been to:

Diamondhead Lighthouse

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Diamondhead Beach Park

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These are from another hike the family and I did in the mountains around Schofield

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Football Boy

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Modeling Girl

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Beach shot taken from Chun's Reef

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The kids playing in some BIG winter waves on the North Shore.

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Posted by Brazen 08:45 Archived in USA Comments (0)

We're Moving Back to the Mainland!!

3 years in Hawaii will be over soon...

sunny

It's unbelievable to me that we've been here on this island for just about 2 1/2 YEARS now!!! I still feel like it hasn't been all that long. I wonder about all of YOU guys from time to time, too.... there are 42 subscribers to this travel blog, and most of you I haven't heard from since leaving South Carolina! I always wonder if you're still out there, or if the notifications are bouncing back from half of you. LOL Are you guys still out there?? =o)

We have lots of big news here. We're moving back to the mainland in either March or May of 2008!! The reason for the move is LOTS more exciting than just a regular Army PCS move, too!! C went to Special Forces Selection last month, made it all the way through and GOT SELECTED!! So he's on the road to becoming a Special Forces green beret.

Which meansssssss.... we'll be permanently stationed at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, NC! We are all really thrilled and excited; both for the new special forces lifestyle and to be living back on the east coast again. We'll be so close to my Dad and Grandparents and close enough for visits to C's parents and my Mom!! Wheeeeeeeeeee!

So... on to some more of the aforementioned "back logged" pictures and stories.

These 10 pictures are from a hike up Koko Head! It's located on the far east side of the island, right next to Hanauma Bay.

This is a look at it from afar. NOT all that attractive, I know. hehe But you don't climb Koko Head for it's beauty. You climb it for BRAGGING RIGHTS!
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Bragging rights, eh? Wellll.... To get to the top of the mountain, you have to climb 1,060 steps! Literally. And they're not normal steps... they're made out of railroad ties, and they're spaced far apart, both in width and height.

Here we are at the very bottom step. It's a short-ish walk uphill to get to this point.
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There's one gulch that the rail ties form a bridge over... and that was a little unnerving to walk across. You definitely had the feeling that one misstep, and you'd take a pretty big fall. And it was still on an incline...
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At the very top, the remains of building that was up there.
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Looking down over Hawaii Kai
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Me, absolutely enjoying the fantastic view from the top!
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The boys, enjoying the same view from a different spot
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I walked off the path to the edge, as close to the ocean cliffs as I could get, and took this shot straight down to Hanauma Bay!! Not every day you see it from THIS view!! I wish it had been a sunnier day for more eye-popping photos... but still...
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The Boy
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The view on our way back down. One section of the stairs is VERY steep... reminded me of sections just like it on the Great Wall of China!! Only no hand rails to use, here!! LOL
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Posted by Brazen 09:46 Archived in USA Comments (1)

2007 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Competition

Reef Hawaiian Pro - 1st jewel of the crown

sunny

Hi Everyone! I haven't posted here in too long... I have a big backlog of photos and stories to share. These are the most recent... the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing contest just started... these pictures are from Day 1 and Day 2. Random shots from the two days, and in no particular order.

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