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Please take a minute to relax, center, and ground with this video honoring the Solstice: Keepers of the Earth
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It’s Auntie Alene’s birthday! One of our main reasons for the timing of this trip was for Pam and her Aunt to spend their birthdays together. These two are amazing. They have had a deep connection over the years and were able to reconnect during our stay with Aunt and Uncle. We are grateful for the very best accommodations in Makawao.
After a delicious breakfast of papaya, apple bananas, yogurt, homemade granola, and a little Uncle Louie’s Portuguese sausage we went on a country drive to Ulupalakua with the winery as our destination.
This is gorgeous country. The ride with aunt and uncle is the best with an abundance of comedy and snappy banter.
Check out this bizarre jade vine. Have you ever seen a flower with this odd turquoise color? Other worldly.
And more from the winery grounds…
Pam rescued this Jackson chameleon. The tree he was on was not good for climbing. We could see him struggle with each reach and he fell a few times. Much to his consternation Pam moved him to a more appropriate climbing tree.
Alene’s birthday dinner was at Polli’s Cantina in Makawao. An institution. Very good food. Very large food!
Tomorrow we leave for Hana adventures…
Greeted by Pam’s Auntie Alene and Uncle Ernie, we arrived at the Maui Kahului airport on the afternoon of 4/22. We spent the rest of Friday the 22nd with uncle and auntie in Makawao, touring the yard, basking in the love and abundance.
Oh…and Buddy! Uncle is a sucker for sweet critters. Buddy is full of character and…so much more. He gets love from Uncle, food from Auntie, and lets everyone know when he is lonely. Oh yes, digging up the yard, scratching the door, chewing the downspout, and biting holes in the hose. “Didn’t I hear you say you wanted a soaker…”
Buddy was very happy to lead the tour of the garden.
Ernie and Alene live in a historic building about a mile from the tourist area of Makawao. This is about 1800′ elevation on the NW slope of Haleakala, the larger, younger volcano of Maui. Upcountry Maui. We are beyond blessed to call this our home base when we visit Maui.
Welcome to the garden. Smell the Canna, Hibiscus, Anthuriums… I should mention: Click on any image to get a lovely full resolution experience!
That evening, Pam got to know the local mosquitoes. Consensus…she is delicious. Maui mosquitoes are microscopic and subtle. Unlike ours in the pacific NW, you hardly see or feel them. Until later. And that feeling delivers for days….and days…
Dinner was homemade Portuguese bean soup. Delicious. Auntie is a culinary artist.
On April 23rd, Pam and I regrouped and planned for the time ahead. We needed more SD card space for her camera and realized that we forgot our binoculars…so we ventured back to Kahului to the Sports Authority and Walmart. Ha!
While in Walmart we discovered this entire row of graduation Leis. Love!! Click on the image for fun.
We also played in Pukalani, near Makawao. This is the real Maui. But it is expanding/growing. Now there is a Longs/CVS. Yes, we had so much fun with the Longs clerks…indicative of our travels. We find the greatest joy in connecting with the souls that we meet along the way. We will reconnect with them again during this trip…and…again…
If in Pukalani, you must visit the Superette. And you must be open to all possibilities there. The food, space, and people. And so we were.
Oh…Pam had her Teri Burger at the Mixed Plate in Pukalani. Highly recommended.
And the Starbucks had Pam’s favorite smokey butterscotch drink. what else can I say?
Tomorrow is Auntie Alene’s birthday! It’s a big one! …
Pam and I are about to leave for over 2 weeks in Hawaii. We will celebrate Pam’s 50th and her aunt’s 85th while there. We also plan to visit Pam’s cousin Laura. It has been 16 years since they’ve seen each other. I’ll be focusing on naturesound recording, documenting existing and endangered soundscapes. Pam will be photographing.
It’s a big deal. That’s a long time off work for Pam in her mission critical, minimally resourced job. We have cats, fish, and plants to be cared for. Ongoing audio projects will be put on hold.
For last minute drama, Beany falls 12 feet off the banister two days before we leave. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but I heard a loud flail and boom while attempting to take a nap. Maybe Zach knocked him off…grab-assing…as the boys do. Emerging from the bedroom, Beany was hiding from me while the others were demanding food. Very unusual and concerning. I’m freaked out.
It was the right decision. He was bruised, but OK. Whew!
That seems like enough. But it wasn’t. The night before we left, Beany got into a bag of pills that I was packing and ate one of my multivitamins. It was obvious from the shredded bag. I counted. One was missing with just a tiny wet fragment remaining. Every man’s one daily multi 40+….because cats need 5000 IU of vitamin A daily.
An hour and a half later, after talking to poison control, we determined that Beany was probably going to be OK. Maybe some gastrointestinal issues. Great. Fortunately, our pet sitter is a vet tech and keeps a close eye on things. Now back to packing…
I didn’t mention that Pam scratched her eye while trimming a lilac tree a few days before we left. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture to share. It was quite nasty and she needed a doctor’s visit and Rx eyedrops. It took well over a week to clear up. Could have been much worse.
Tomorrow we leave for Maui…
I had a great time chatting with Tina. She is super intuitive and knowledgeable. Give this a listen, and thank you!
Please enjoy a few minutes of respite with this excerpt of Awaken from A Time for Healing.
Please enjoy the track Reflections from Mike Wall’s A Time for Healing with video at Rosario Beach on Fidalgo Island, Washington State. The audio is full resolution. Try watching full screen and using headphones or excellent speakers. There are many sonic layers to explore. ~Mike
I hope you enjoy this audio excerpt from our happening upon several hundred Trumpeter Swans - March 1st, 2014. On our way to La Conner and Deception Pass we caught glimpse of a bog visited by hundreds of these amazing migrating birds. Fortunately we turned around and visited their lunch site. They eat roots beneath the muddy surface. Meanwhile, several onlookers and photographers came and went. A pair of Great Blue Herons circled around. The swans are constantly posturing and grabbing ass … “goose.” We stayed until we were chilled and much in need of warmth. An amazing stop on the journey. ~Mike
Happy Solstice everyone!
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This turned out quite nice. Please put your headphones on or crank up on nice speakers and go to full screen video to enjoy. ~Mike