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  • annerunningragged


Although the pre-flight COVID and health paperwork was crazy.......it was also soo worth it. 5-1/2 hours from Portland and this was my view of the island of Hawaii. Also known as "the big island".



Our first stay was an airbnb in Kailua-Kona. And this was our deck view. This was the first time 'never leaving' came to mind.



Even Madeline loved sitting and watching the ocean, the birds, and the surfers.



This was the resident cat. We gave him a different name every time we saw him. (Think: Boots, Mittens, Felix, Whiskers, Franklin, coco, ...you get the idea.)

This was her preferred way to sit.



Our first day was a snorkeling trip to swim with the dolphins. Although you are not allowed to touch them, they come so close that you could have!



One of the areas we snorkeled was near Kona. This is also where the Ironman competition takes place and I could see the athletes training in the bay.

And of course they were riding bikes and running too. And because I ran on the same road as they did.....well you could say I was training with the Ironman competitors.



Another day our whole group went deep sea fishing. It was a long day for these two. And it was really too hot and sunny out on the deck for them.







Unfortunately there were no fish brought on deck either. So here is my son, Nick, posing with the catch of the day.



Gotta stick one of my sunset pictures in ....



Chameleons in Hawaii look different than the ones I'm used to... and, yes, that is real.



If I ever have a boat, I think I will have to name it the same as this one.


During my visit, I posted a question on Facebook to ask if anyone could come up with a good reason why I shouldn't sell everything and move to Hawaii. Although the question was tongue-in-cheek, some people took it very seriously. But my take-away from the answers is this: People who had even the slightest inkling that now they might come visit me, told me to "Go for it!" (You know who your are). :)



A trip to one of the many Farmer's markets was always fun.



Finn was especially excited over his magnetic lizard.




One evening's entertainment was who could crack open a coconut without any tools. Flashbacks to Castaway.....



And now you need a break from "What I did on my summer vacation". Plus I am studying for my Private Investigator License. More on that later.


Have a wonderful evening and stay tuned to Part II.


One step at a time,



Anne

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I always thought I was the 'glass half full' kind of person, so why when August arrives am I thinking summer is almost over? Luckily I have an exciting vacation starting one week from today. Meanwhile......


Although I have not been running as much as I'd like, I've been on several new trail and road runs. For the first time, I had a hike end on a bad note. I took Jake and Gus on a 5 mile hike. A lot of the hike was on logging roads but after 2-1/2 miles we found some amazing views.




As we headed down hill, I even gathered some wild flowers.






Then suddenly I realized Gus was lagging behind. I decided to give him a rest and sat with him while Jake investigated the area around us.








After a short rest, we began again but this time Gus was limping. The pads on both his front feet were raw. According to my GPS we still had a mile and a half to go! I took off both my socks and put them on his feet. My hair tie went around one of them to keep it on but I had nothing for the other foot. (my shoelaces were quicklaces and don't come off). Slowly.......very, very slowly we made our way down the road stopping every 10 yards or so.



Once we made it home, Gus was in socks for a week. His hiking days are behind him now.






And now on to happier adventures! I have run several new trails. Trails are definitely my favorite place to run. No thinking about speed or distance - just enjoying the run.




Whenever I have a guest at my house, I stay off my computer and social media. Unfortunately, this is the result:



I guess, at heart, I've always been a cowgirl:






Poor little Madeline has been getting some molars and it's been hard for her to sleep. I put her on top of me and she fell right to sleep. This is what Nana's are for. :)






Her hair is Sooooo long, I can now put it in a ponytail.




But when it came time for her family to move into their new house, Madeline is there to pitch in.



When buying the Grandkids a toy, it's always good to see this on the package:

because after all don't we all want to be the gift-giving favorite?



I purchased a new range this week. Thank goodness I read the instruction manual.




Thank goodness if I get bored trying to climb into my oven my HOA has all sorts of exciting activities available.




I should have some amazing photos to share when I get back from vacation. Until then,



One step at a time,



Anne

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This was a description of Durango on his trip to the beach today.


I was up at 5:30 a.m. this morning - that alone was pretty miraculous. Ate some breakfast, packed up some snacks and headed to the barn. Donna and I both hooked up to our own horse trailers because neither of our horses would go on a different trailer!


We headed out to Baker Beach - about 45 minutes down the coast. A beautiful drive.





It's an amazing place for horses. There is a campground nearby and trails to the beach and trails throughout the nearby woods.





So handsome....



We headed out on the trail to the beach. Soon the trail became grassy sand dunes. Up and down over small sand dunes in very deep sand. I didn't realize how soft and deep the sand was until Durango dropped down and decided to lie in it. He gave me no notice - just dropped down. No pictures available.



Anyway, I was back on again and then we climbed the final BIG dune. As we crested it, the sound of the ocean and wind was deafening. And to Durango - terrifying.


Donna and her horse Rio were pros. I just kept Durango directly behind Rio and on we went.

As you can see, the beach is completely empty. We saw one man walking in the middle of nowhere, but other than that - empty. It took Durango quite a while to get close to the water. But he was a champ walking through the numerous tidepools.



After a mile or two, Durango said enough by doing these little mini-bucks and occasionally when he didn't think I was listening a good size buck. So we turned around and I decided to get off and walk him a bit. Now we were heading straight into the wind and I'm sure it was hurricane force.



This is not what I had in mind. Do I need to tell you that walking in soft sand, in cowboy boots, is not fun? But at least Rio got to circle around us and do some cantering.


Back on him and heading up the big dunes went well. Soon we found a great trail that took us to Lily Lake.








Trails are what Durango and I love. I believe he is saying "Please, please don't take me back to that sand hell. :)




A good ride and a good day.


One step at a time,


Anne

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