Maui— Oh Haleakala!

I was calling out your name
Before I knew from where you came
A spirit big
A spirit strong
I could hear that spirit song

O Haleakala
My mana grand mama
You say open up and live
Let that sweet love come in

Ocean bottom
Mountain sky
I and I and I and I
I go forth into the heart
Aloha spirit through the dark

O Haleakala
My mana grand mama
You say open up and live
You learn more the more you give

Trevor Hall – O Haleakala

 

 

The last light of 2017

When I woke up on new years eve 2017, I had no plans, just a day full of possibility. After my morning coffee, I checked the days weather. I noticed it was a decent weather day at the beach.

“Wanna go to the coast?” I asked my family. They agreed, and we were off.

I have been feeling melancholy lately and the vast expanse of the ocean always grounded me, reminding me how small I am in the scheme of things.

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We arrived in Newport Oregon around 2 pm to a slightly overcast beach, but overall pretty warm for a PNW winter day.

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I had decided to give my daughter Madilyn a tide pool adventure. She recently acquired a magnifying glass, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to use it. We visited the Yaquina head lighthouse and nature preserve.

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Do you see the fish by the anemone?

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Purple sea urchins everywhere! watch your step!

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Starfish just chillin’

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Yaquina Head lighthouse:

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A family Selfie

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One last look before we go

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We drove down to the historic bayfront down by the Newport bridge. There, we watched the sun slip down, and witnessed the last bit of light of 2017:

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I turned to see the golden light, lighting up the bridge:

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And the Yaquina bay head lighthouse:

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We headed down to the waterfront and I literally jumped out of the car running to catch this scene before it slipped away:

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Afterward we had a delicious meal together and drove home to ring in the new year from the couch.

What a fun and beautiful, impromptu beach trip! A new NYE family tradition I think!

Happy New Year 2018!

Exploring Kansas City

I recently traveled to Kansas City, Kansas for work. I had the opportunity to explore the city a little and found it to be beautiful and intricate. I love all the stone work and the pride in architecture. They sure do love brick and fountains!

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