Tuesday Travelogue

Today is my last day on this incredible island. While I’m ready to rescue my poor lonesome hound from his prison kennel stay, I will miss spending time with my son and his family and seeing the amazing sights this island has to offer. It has been a remarkable trip. As Dr. Seuss said, “Oh the places you’ll go. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way.” So with those words in mind, here’s what else we managed to visit.



We drove up to Waimea to check out the Parker Ranch. Nestled below the slopes of Mauna Kea, the ranch is one of the largest (and oldest) in the U.S. at nearly 250,000 acres. Founded in 1847 by John Palmer Parker, it is the second largest private landowner in Hawaii. The two homes photographed below are now museums. The Parker Ranch has a fascinating story with a number of up’s and down’s, but it has become a success story in Hawaiian history. It is now run by a charitable trust. This trip has been amazingly remarkable and I hope you’ve enjoyed visiting some of these irresistible sites as much as I did.

DSC01400But first…we had to pick up a hitchhiker on the way to the ‘big’ house. This Jackson chameleon was the exact color of the biggest Cook pine tree (often called Norfolk Pine)  I’ve ever seen (encircled by the family tree huggers). And because it’s Tuesday, here’s a little trivia about the Jackson chameleon – their tongues are one and a half times the length of their bodies!


The grounds had spectacular gardens and a nearby pasture with several horses and their new foals  (it was nearly impossible shooting them as they galloped past too quickly before I could even focus). Here are some pics including a gorgeous Jacaranda tree I was finally able to capture and dozens of ginormous Allium, and lovely Bird of Paradise blooms.final




In addition to incredible gardens, there were many tools, saddles and pieces of gorgeous koa wood furniture and period clothing, all far too handsome not to share.





















Lunch was crashed at the nearby brew house by a gold dust day gecko who loved my Brownie a la mode as much as I did. final


I could go on and on, there’s so much beauty and far too many unusual sites on this fascinating island but I’m rushing off to catch a plane soon to rescue the hound. The owner of the kennel called to tell me poor Sam was on a hunger strike. I can hardly wait to try to make it up to him but wonder what that’s gonna cost over the long-term? Time will tell, so stay tuned.

It’s been such a terrific trip and I want to extend my warmest thanks to my son and his family for their graciousness and for making it so entertaining. Know I love you all to the moon and back and look forward to my next visit to your beautiful island home. Hopefully by then the newest fur-kid will have out grown the annoying puppy stage and the neighbor won’t be such a douche.  Nala…you are a goofball; and I will miss you and your family very much. <3

Conner got lei'd at graduation.
Conner got completely ‘lei’d’ at graduation.

Live, love, bark! <3


26 thoughts on “Tuesday Travelogue

  1. Looks like you have a great holiday and , I hope , a good rest before getting back to Sam and the hospital. I loved all your photographs – no Battleships though. :o) Sam will be so glad to have you home again.

    1. Thanks. Yup no battleships close to us. Just gorgeous trees and flowers 😊 We’re scheduled for the hospital tomorrow so I hope I can be caught up enough on my sleep. We are pretty exhausted doing the red eye last night. 😝

  2. What a beautiful place to visit and spend quality family time. Safe travels home!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  3. What a joyous and remarkable trip on so many levels! So happy for you!!! I know someone else who will be ECSTATIC to see you! SAM!! Poor guy! Give him a kiss from us please!! Hope you made it home safe and sound and thank you for the great travel updates!!! xoxo DakotasDen

  4. Such beautiful pictures, Ms. Monika. I’m glad you had a great time but I agree that you should be getting back to Sam now. Especially it he’s on a hunger strike. You know things are bad when a dog refuses to eat. Have a safe trip! *Ear licks*

      1. Us guys can be that way. I don’t like it when my Mom leaves me behind either. I mean, I still eat but that’s because round is my favorite shape and I can’t afford to become oblong.

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