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Just getting back into the studio after taking our trip to Hawaii. Two weeks away is a long time. I think Tracy and I were both ready to come home after about 10 days. We had a great time, but its a lot of work having fun:) and not sleeping in your own bed. We stayed on 3 of the islands and visited one more to do some snorkeling.

Before I get into the vacation, I want to let you know I’ll be showing new work in October at Artclectic. You can find more info on my events page. This is one of my favorite shows and always includes a lot of great artist. If you’re in the Nashville area I’d love to see you there:)

We started on the Big Island and worked our way around. Started with a helicopter ride out of Hilo. Then we drove to Volcano National Park and did a guided tour of the areas that were open. Our guide was great! He took us to areas we might not have thought to visit and gave us tons of info about the geology, history, and other fun facts about the island. After the volcano fun we drove towards the west side of the island. Along the way we stopped at some beaches, toured some farms (Kau and Kona coffee & macadamia nut), took a lot of photos, and ate a lot of good food. While in Captain Cook we kayaked to the Captain Cook memorial and snorkeled, visited Big Island Bees and did a tour of the hives and store, visited the Mauna Kea visitors center to see the sunset (one of the most amazing things, ever), and one night we snorkeled with some Manta Rays (that was pretty darn cool too). The last day on the big Island we drove to Hawaii Vanilla Company and had lunch and took a tour of the vanilla farm. Then we were off to the Hilo airport and headed to Maui.

In Maui we stayed in an Air NiB in Kihei. It was nice staying in the same place the whole time. The island is small enough you can drive everywhere pretty easily. One day we drove the road to Hana. It was a little rainy that day but it did make for some cool waterfalls. I’m not sure how many we saw but it was a lot. Oh, we started the day eating at a restaurant called Charley’s. Cool place owned by Willie Nelson. Another day we drove Haleakala National Park. Again it was cloudy and a little rainy, which didn’t help with the views. Both those days required a lot of driving so we decided to do a sail boat trip the next. We went on Trilogy excursions for the day which took us over to the island of Lanai. While on Lanai we did some snorkeling and ate lunch. On the ride back to Maui they opened up the bar and fed us desert. Luckily this day was sunny and relaxing. On the last day IO was planning to take surfing lessons but They didn’t offer classes on Sundays so I had to put that off for our last island, Oahu.

We went to Honolulu to see Pearl Harbor and while we sere there we got to check out some other sites and I got to do some surfing. It was amazing the difference between the islands. Staying in Waikiki after being on the big island was like night and day. Waikiki is a heavily populated area. We did enjoy getting to visit Pearl Harbor. So much to take in, I’m not sure how to explain how it made me feel. Of course it was a busy place. We packed in as much as we could in one day. I could have easily spent another day. For one of my last experiences I took surfing lessons. It was an hour and twenty minute class. One of the things I wish I had done sooner in the trip, so I could have done it more. It was a workout paddling the board out to catch the waves but not as hard to ride as I expected. Apparently the waves at Waikiki are perfect for beginners. Of course, I wasn’t doing any fancy tricks, but I did have a blast. 

Below are a few of the photos I took along our travels. I hope you enjoy reading about our trip. I’ll be back with more about my artwork as we get closer to the next shows. I’m still trying to figure out how I’ll spend my studio time after this fall. Lots of new ideas floating around and I’m wanting to try some new and bigger things next year. We’ll see where it goes.

Thanks for dropping in. Let me know your thoughts on my work or my trip. I love the conversations I get from you guys, even if its just a quick question. Take care! RLP

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