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“The relationship between husband and wife should be one of closest friends.”  B.R. Ambedkar

12.12.12 @ 12:12  

Where were you?  What were  you doing?  

Considering that this phenomenon will not happen again within our lifetime, I decided it had to be documented in my 365 Project.  It was interesting to set this up with other people watching with curiosity.  In fact, there is a fellow just off to the right in the hot tub smiling at us while the camera snapped away on Self Timer mode.  This will be a great memory to pass on to our Grandkids and Great Grandkids so that they can see their Ya Ya and Papa G living life, not letting life just pass by.  I want my future generations to be motivated and excited about exploring the world and living life to the fullest for as long as is possible.  We live in a very mobile world where it is easier and easier to travel the world over and experience life on a level that my parents never did.  And I never did either until recently – within the last ten years.  And I’m now hooked!  

And I’m doing it with my Best Friend!  

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“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”  Nikos Kasantzakis

I have heard about Polihale Beach on the south west side of the Island – at the end of the road.   Everything I read held so many warnings about driving on the road out there – that it was very dangerous and rough and not to attempt it unless you had a good 4WD, or with a Local with good transportaion.   Despite all the warnings however, we had to attempt the drive because of all the positive things we’ve heard about the beach at the end of the road.  It just sounded too spectacular to pass up.  So off we went – on a day of exploring.  

We were detoured with a stop at Glass Beach in Port Allan where we found an old Cemetery on a hill above the beach – very old with what looks like old Chinese headstones and very neglected and overgrown.  

We ate lunch at a spot we found last year called The Grind – excellent food!  

We then drove out to where the pavement ends just past the Missile Base and started the drive on the five mile dirt road out to Polihale Beach State Park.  Another car (similar to our Rental) was coming from that direction so we stopped them to ask how the road was.  They indicated that it was no worse than what we were on – so off we went.  Sure enough – the road was not bad at all and we arrived at this amazing sand beach that was surprisingly busy!  You can even take your 4WD vehicle out on the beach and drive for miles – so we’ll save that for our next trip to Kauai.  In fact, there were several people camping right on the beach – very tempting indeed!  We wandered on the beach most of the afternoon and didn’t head back out until after sunset.  Amazing Sunset shots let me tell you!  I would love to have stayed even longer to get some good star trails and night sky shots but it was a 2+ hour drive back to our Condo on the North Shore.  

We have decided that we’ll come back next time prepared to spend a few nights out on the beach, and with a 4WD vehicle.  

Yet one more amazing discovery for us on this truly amazing Island! 

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“We’re crazy about this city.  First time we came here, we walked the streets all day, all over town and nobody hassled us… Los Angeles?  That’s just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for the trip to San Francisco.” – John Lennon

I left my heart in San Francisco . . . there truly is something about this city that draws one back to it over and over again.  It is a beautiful city – one I love to visit but care not to live in.  That’s because I’m just not a city girl.  I’m a country girl at heart – but love the lights and the history of this golden city.  I know it fairly well as I lived in the Bay Area for many years.  On this particular day, hubby and I were out and about looking to shoot the sunset.  We drove up in to the Oakland Hills, but were un-inspired.  The sun was still above the horizon when we decided to dash the 1/2 hour to Treasure Island.  It was well worth the effort.  I think it must be one of the best vantage points for photographing the lights of San Francisco.  We were a bit late for the good sunset shots . . . but this one I liked with the lights so crisp.  That’s my shadow as I was attempting to get in to the shot.  I had to clamber over some rather large boulders on the water’s edge . . . and finally just gave up and accepted this as my 365 shot.  

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“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Road Trip!!

We’re on our first leg of a 4 day road trip to California with the baby.  This picture is taken at the Pacific Border Crossing between Surrey, BC and Blaine, WA.  We’ve got a six to seven hour drive ahead of us to just south of Portland, OR.  Baby Girl is snuggled in and happy.  What an awesome little traveler she is too.  It took an hour to get through the border, and another 20 minutes to Bellingham where we gassed up.  She’d been in the car two hours by then, with no fussing what so ever.  I let her out to run around at the Fred Meyer in North Bellingham while hubby gassed up the car.  The rest of the trip was uneventful with just a couple of rest stops for food and stretching our legs.  I did load up my iPad with a few of her favorite shows, which kept her entertained during part of the trip.  For much of the time she either slept, or chatted with us or herself, and sang songs . . . one of the most fun drives south I’ve had in a long time.  We’ll be two days at my son’s south of Portland before we head out again.  

The Road Trip continues . . . 

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“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it.  Go out and get busy.”  Dale Carnegie

I set my D7000 on timer and let it shoot away.  This was the best of the bunch, as I was heading off to the airport to pick up my sister who is flying in from Whitehorse, Yukon.  I love the timer feature on my camera(s).  It makes doing this 365 so much easier.  My only challenge is focusing.  To do a shot like this I have to guess where my focus is and hope that it turns out sharp, not blurry.  I was trying for the panning effect in the background as I was rounding a corner at the time.  And it looks like I was fairly successful with my focus this time.  I did process it a bit in LR4 and Topaz Adjust.  

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