Friday, February 27, 2015

Two tournaments

The impetus for our Hawaii trip was that there were two Ultimate tournaments on back-to-back weekends on different islands. 

The first was a team tournament near the beach on Oahu to which my Master's team (women over the age of 30), Hot Flash, was going. Sam picked up with a Spirit team, and we all had fun playing pretty competitively during the day and partying pretty hard at night.

The second was a hat tournament on a mountain on Maui to which mostly locals and some outsiders went, we all mixed up on different teams, and we played hard, but the competition level was a bit lower. My team was short on women, so I played four games and took off a total of four points all day.

In the end, my team won the championship game, my hamstrings were taxed to their limit, and I won the MVP Award for the tournament. You can see how serious this was based on the toilet seat that was my award.

The views from the fields were fantastic, the people were great, and Sam has said more than once how this tournament was the highlight of his week. It was pretty awesome, for sure.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Missing this

Once I have time to get the photos off of my camera, I'll post some more variety, but this is what's on my phone.

I really wanted snow before I left for Hawaii, and now that I'm back in Wisconsin and the snow is still not great, I think I'd rather be back at the lagoon house enjoying this sunrise.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Last day

And this is sunrise from the mountains of Maui, looking westward out from the campsite in Kula. The campsite was accessible only by four - wheel - drive and had no running water. We're going to smell great for our plane ride home.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Animals of Hawaii

Animals I have seen in Hawaii:

Humpback whale
Puffer fish
Manta ray
Sea turtle
Parrot fish (and other tropical fish)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

On the volcano trail

Today we explored two very interesting areas: our crazy house and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Note the photo of the house. Yes, there is a huge porch with multiple outdoor eating and ocean-viewing spots. Mo has been sleeping outside on one of the couches. The geckos keep us amused while we lounge, and the fish in the lagoon catch our attention when we walk by.

Behind the house is a basketball court surrounded by lemon, grapefruit, pomelo,   orange, and banana trees as well as pineapple plants and coconut-laden palm trees. We made fresh lemonade this morning as refreshment after a few games of knockout.

In the afternoon we hiked down into the secondary caldera of Kilauea and through some old lava tubes. We waited until dark to see the glow of the primary activity, and learned that the lava flow that threatened numerous houses several months ago is mere miles from where we're staying.

There's no threat, but the proximity is making me very tempted to go searching  for some lava.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Honeymoon redux

This morning we woke up to the sunrise across our private lagoon and took in the view from our 130ft porch.

We were told that this house was built in Bali, disassembled, and then reassembled here. I'll get a photo of the building itself soon enough, but suffice it to say that this is not the sort of place you'd imagine Sam and I would normally end up.

Monday, February 16, 2015


After a rain delay and huge wind gusts yesterday, today's sunny weather is fantastic for Ultimate, especially with the mountains for a back drop.

Before reseeding for pre-quarters, Hot Flash is 2-3 on the weekend, and probably won the dance party last night.

A lunch of three types of poke (seasoned raw tuna on a bed of rice) and local beer is keeping us fueled for later games and an evening stroll on the beach.

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Despite 40 mph winds, our tents are still here and so are we to enjoy this morning view.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Good morning, Hawaii

The view from the koi pond in the back yard of our airbnb rental cottage.

It's 70 degrees and slightly cloudy with a light wind here in Honolulu. I really can't complain.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The snow!

It has been an insane month or so, and I have had several reasons to be stressed out. One of the minor reasons is that I got new cross-country skis, but there hasn't been enough snow to ski on.

It seems like things are finally going my way, however, as work and life are settling down and five inches of fluffy stuff fell  this past weekend.  That means Millie and I have gone skiing three times this week!

Millie has been running willy-nilly through the forest and I have been cruising along enjoying the view. She gets tired out, and I get just enough sore to feel like I've been doing something good for body.