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How I Get Through the Day: It’s Only Temporary

Coping. People have millions of little tips and tricks. It all really depends on how you handle stress and how you relieve that stressful tension.

People turn to sex, drugs, alcohol, meditation, working out, or even the old fashioned screaming into a pillow. Something works for everyone. At the moment I need a moment for myself to vent. So here I am writing but also thinking. Thinking “out loud” as it were.

I currently hold a position in a broadcast center meant to be run by two people. I work 7 days a week for 6 months straight with minimal time off during my day. Weekends are not a thing here. But here’s the kicker that I’ve been putting through my head. My new partner is coming soon. This is only temporary.

Now as I continue to think out loud through this stream of consciousness writing I find this thought as being in denial, and possibly self destructive as I push forward at 110%, on all thrusters instead of pacing myself accordingly.

I feel like I’ve been through this situation before. The strangest feeling of deja vu resonates beneath the surface of my consciousness.

But here I sit. I guess those moments were only temporary as well.

via Daily Prompt: Temporary

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The Grand Canyon of the Pacific: Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Hello my lost friends. How are we today?

Mark Twain referred to this incredible place as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Waimea Canyon. Now I have never been to the Grand Canyon but I was still thoroughly impressed with this mighty natural beast on a torrentially rainy afternoon in Kauai.UP3A6426

It is approximately 10 miles long and 3000 feet deep. It paints a remarkable landscape with it’s lush greenery and red soil that earns it’s Hawaiian name Waimea, which means reddish water. The canyon was formed by the Waimea River rising from the extreme rainfalls that accompany the wettest place on Earth, Mount Wai’ale’ale.UP3A6459

There are plenty of overlooks throughout the park. My party was running from a rainstorm and eventually pulled off to the side of the road at one point. The views from any direction are quite remarkable. It’s a long wind road to the top but definitely worth the potential car sickness as the roads swerve up, down, and around the canyon’s valley.UP3A6437

There are plenty of hiking trails that take you down into the valley as well. As always I advise study shoes, plenty of water, and a possible raincoat just in case the weather momentarily decides to take a turn. Something very typical in Kauai, although it never lasts too long.

No donkeys here though if you were looking for an exact Pacific replica of the Grand Canyon. UP3A6482

It is definitely a must go for anyone traveling to the island of Kauai. But then again, if you aren’t planning on visiting Kauai on your Hawaiian vacation you are definitely missing out.

A Stroll through Japan in Hawaii: Liliuokalani Gardens

When you walk through Hawaii you may expect to see the Polynesian culture that Hollywood has fed to you: leis, hula, and beautiful serene beaches. And you would not be wrong. Hawaii has also been known for its large Japanese population and heritage so it might not be a surprise that nestled in Hilo is said to be the largest Edo style garden outside the island nation of Japan.UP3A6341

The park itself is on the end of Banyan Tree Drive which is a fun spot on its own. Each Banyan tree planted there was planted there by a famous celebrities from former president, then senator, Richard Nixon, to baseball legend Babe Ruth.

The gardens contain Waihou Pond, bridges, koi ponds, pagodas, statues, torii (those Japanese arches), and a Japanese tea house.

UP3A6418When I was there the Tea House was not open but I do hear that it is only open for special occasions anyway. If you are looking for a place to take a quiet walk or just relax this is a great place to do it. Admission is free which is always a perk I tend to pursue. Plus, in the bay you may even spot some turtles that like to feed there!

UP3A6410Attached by a foot bridge is the small island of Mokuola, or Coconut island. I did not see any coconuts while I was there so I’m not quite sure where the name comes from. The Hawaiian name for the island, Moku ok, translates to “island of healing” and was previously the location of an ancient temple dedicated to healing.

UP3A6313While there is not much medicinal healing going on there anymore it offers a nice swimming area and a picnic pavilions to make a swell afternoon. There is even an old tower, from a now nonexistent bridge, that many people jump off of into the water. I’d say it’s about 10 feet high. So a normal high dive.

UP3A6328The island offers great views of Hilo Bayfront, Downtown Hilo and the rest of Hilo Bay. To the east you can see the massive breakwater of Hilo Bay.

UP3A6321If you are coming from the port the walk is pretty easy but that is coming from someone who walks everywhere. The Hoppa On Hoppa Off bus there makes one of its stops there.

My Travel Itinerary for the Remainder of 2017: Hawaii, USA

Hello there friends. How are we today?

Unlike many travel bloggers I’ve come across they pick their locations very carefully, budgeting for months where they are going, planning the seconds they are in each destination.
Well I can’t exactly do that. I work on cruise ships after all and once that ship leaves port I have to be on it. The cool part of my job is that I’m pretty much assigned where I’m going to be for 6 months at a time. I’m not chained to one location.
And for the remainder of this year I am contracted to be sailing in the beautiful islands of Hawaii. With stops in Oahu, Maui, Hawaii (Big Island), and Kauai. I am very excited about what the Aloha state has to offer.

Photograph by CULTURA RM, ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

My previous co-worker gave me a master list of things to do and see while I’m here so I broke it down by Island:

OAHU

  • Kapaeleele Trail
  • Ala Moana Beach
  • Diamond Head Trail
  • Haiku Steps/Stairway to Heaven
  • Hanauma Bay
  • Judd Trail
  • Ka’au Crater
  • Koko Arch
  • Lanipo Trail
    Olomana Trail
  • Mo’ole Valley Falls
  • Lulumahu Falls
  • Makiki Valley Trail
  • Waahila Trail
  • Waikiki

MAUI

  • Waihee Ridge Trail
  • 13 Crossings
  • Bamboo Forest (Pipiwai Trail)
  • Iao Valley
  • Jaws
  • Kula Forest Reserve
  • Chutes and Ladders
  • Haleakala
  • Ho’okipa
  • Kahana Beach
  • King’s Trail
  • Lahaina (Pali Trail)
  • Maui Ocean Center
  • Road to Hana
  • Paia
  • Stable Road Beach
  • Twin Falls
  • Waihou Spring Trail

Hawaii (Big Island)

  • Akaka Falls
  • Ahalanui Warm Ponds
  • Captain Cook Hike
  • Hilo Falls
  • Honolii Beach Park
  • Kahalu’u Beach
  • Carlsmith Beach
  • End of the World
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Liliuokalani Park & Japanese Gardens
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Kiholo Bay
  • Lapakahi State Historical Park
  • Pineapple Park
  • Pololu Valley
  • Pu’u Wa’awa’a
  • Leleiwi Park
  • Mauna Kea
  • Onomea Bay
  • Panaewa Zoo
  • Shipman’s Beach (Puna Trail & Haena Beach)
  • Waiale Falls

Kauai

  • Kalalau Trail (Hanakapiai Beach & Falls)
  • Na Pali Coast
  • Jurassic Gates
    • Manawaiopuna Falls (Jurassic Park Waterfall)
  • Kalapaki Beach
  • Green Sand Beach
  • Hanalei
  • Hanapepe
  • Hideaway Beach
  • Kapaa
  • Larsen’s BEach
  • Milolii Ridge Trail
  • Holihale State Park
  • Powerline Trail
  • Sleeping Giant (Nounou)
  • Lihue
  • Mahaulepu Beach (Gillin’s Beach, Kawailoa, & Ha’ula Beach)
  • Menehune Fish Pond
  • Poipu
  • Rock Quarry Beach
  • Salt Pond Beach Park
  • Secret Tunnel Hike (Kaapoko Tunnels)
  • Sea Lodge Beach (Kaweonui Beach)
  • Turtle Cove
  • Wahiawa Beach
  • Wai Koa Trail
  • Waimea Canyon
    • Kuikui Trail
  • Wyllie Beach

As you can tell he was an avid hiker so there are quite a lot of trails but what better way to see the beauty of these islands? Unlike my colleague I am a certified SCUBA diver so I plan on hitting the sea floor as well, especially in Kailua-Kona, where the visibility is incredible.

If you have any recommendations or advice please feel free to comment below as I explore each island as thoroughly as possible. Or if you heard of a place that you are curious about and can’t get down here yourself maybe I’ll try it one of these days.