Posts Tagged ‘vacation’

I am not a techie IT girl. I have a cell phone made before last month (collective gasp). Actually I bought it about 10 years ago. I does nothing but make and receive calls (more gasping). The lid is broken and can’t be flipped to make a call but gingerly opened, nurturing that last hinge. It’s a pay as you go. And I can’t take a picture with it. The cell phone before that was called a car phone and was the size of a loaf of bread.

I still read books that have a cover and can be used as a lamp stand afterwards. I’ve seen those computer books from a distance, and I wonder what it’s like to finish and not put it up on the book shelf like a trophy.


My laptop is in worse health than my cell phone. To get it to work, you have to jimmy the cord until you get a connection then hold it there without moving or breathing until it feels a shift in the rotational orbit of the earth around the sun and then it dies right there. It must charge that way and then you have to unplug the cord and work on the dimly charged battery that lasts around 15 minutes.

I can’t afford a replacement and wouldn’t know how to buy a new one if I had the means. Technology moves too fast for me and laptops do things now that would require a PhD to master.

I write this from my desktop. A very old desktop.

It does things I know it to do. It also does things I don’t know it to do, which is more than I know, which is very little. So needless to say when I go on vacation these days, I am somewhat cut off from the world. No Blackberry, no lap top, nada, nothing, zilch.

I got back Tuesday evening and am still catching up.

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Do you find anything unusual about the three beach pictures that I took of my recent trip to Hawaii?


Sunset Beach (a walk from our rental)

Sunset Beach

 Look again. That’s right, there’s hardly anyone there. This is Oahu’s North Shore, where its many beaches are regulars on The Travel Channel’s top ten best beaches in the world.

We came to Oahu some six years ago when I won a week’s paid vacation through my work. We stayed in one of the finest hotels on Waikiki, where most tourists would never want to leave. I’m a wanderlust, however. So we had rented a car and circled the island, where we discovered the solitude of North Shore. I knew if we came back that this is where I’d want to be.

So without the benefit of winning a luxury vacation or having a job, for that matter, we returned on what I call “Budget Hawaii”. Since I have two personalities I can’t tell you which is better: Hotel on the beach in the middle of everything with shopping, food, activities, and a bustling night life, or living with the locals away from it all, cooking your food, and bustling wildlife.

But the beautiful thing is you can have both. Yes, write that down: in Oahu you can have both. Why? Because from the northern most tip to the southern most tip is roughly a 40 minute drive—and I never saw a speed limit higher than 55. In fact, if you live in Waikiki you can turn your back on the high rises and start walking until you hit the rainforest. Because that’s what we did.

We were headed to Manoa Falls and due to the filming of the remake of Hawaii Five-O at the falls, we had to park in a neighborhood above the city and do just that. And I found it truly amazing to be in a New York-like city one minute and in an Amazon-like rainforest the next. That’s the magic of this island, whole new dimensions await you at every turn.

Hawaii Five-O helicopter crash

Valley below rainforest hike

Manoa Falls

After my visit six years ago, I was dying to see other islands. So we went to Maui and circled it. I’m afraid Maui just doesn’t have the same appeal to me—too commercial, too golf course, too flat and dry. But they have beautiful beaches, if that’s all you want.

But that’s not all I want. I want mountains

mountains in North Shore

 and rainforests


 and waterfalls

Waimea Falls

 and trees, lotsa, lotsa trees.



don't know, coconut maybe? Papaya? Mango?

Next up: The very interesting and unforgettable place we stayed and entirely not what I am accustomed to. Plus the “no rules” lifestyle that I could find myself becoming quite accustomed to.

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