A Hike, Yikes! (GSA chp. 7)

“To enjoy life, you must first, seek it out.”-Lila Here we go… The Challenge If someone invites you to do a hike with them, think twice about what you are about to get yourself into. It will be your true test of spirit. The challenge took place at Waihe’e Ridge Trail, Maui, HI, and from the start is no joke. At 7 a.m., we headed out with Henry (in the white cap) as Papa Bear, our leader… Read More

Flapjacks, Hotcakes, Pancakes and More (GSA chp.5)

I have a love that will never hinder, the love of pancakes. I’m always on the lookout for the best in them from anywhere at any time of day.  In the October, 2012 issue of Runners Magazine, a featured story about pancakes sparked my attention. In it, a reader mentioned that his fave pancake joint is the Gazebo Restaurant in Lahaina, Hawaii. After my two-hour training session, (yes I’m preparing for my second.. Read More

Of Wind and Wings (GSA chp.4)

Spur of the moment events are usually the most daring and memorable. It’s 11:30 a.m. and the last step would be taken as I walk towards a pink trailer to check in for my latest adventure, a glider flight. For twenty-minutes I will ride on the wings of the wind and feel my childhood fantasy of flight merge to the present. Dillingham Airfield My adrenalin rush slowed to a crawl when I noticed that.. Read More

Peek-a-boo at the Moon (GSA chp.3)

“Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”-Mark Twain Sometimes the simplest joys are not only free but all around us if we learn to look, sometimes with a turn of the head. During a late drive on Maui‘s 30 highway, all I could do is focus on the road, the darkness ahead and praying that nothing would jump into the road, causing a change.. Read More

Just a Word of Thanks

The Hawaiian Islands have many wonderful stretches of beautiful beaches and I enjoy taking advantage of each. In doing so, I learn a lot from nature. Yesterday on the island of Maui in Ma’alaea, I noticed the waves were not as boisterous as in the past few days. It was as if the ocean were tired of proving how tough it could be and decided to take it easy. The waters color appeared steel grey.. Read More

The Grass Skirt Affair (chp.2)

“Seize an opportunity every single day.” After the mad drive to LA and the inevitable security search at the airport, it was finally time to board my Delta flight to Hawaii. At 7 p.m. west coast time the crowd gathers and moves forward from 1st class to economy. As I make my way to the back of the plane, I look at the faces of the men in first class and wonder “could he.. Read More

The Grass Skirt Affair

I received a call early Sunday morning. It was one of my contacts. “Monsieur is on the move,” the bass voice stated. I sat up slightly in bed, perched on my left elbow while a sliver of light from the street pushed through the drapes. “Are you sure? Give me the details.” “He’s purchased a ticket for Honolulu and will leave at 1510 this afternoon.” I gave a set of instructions, and thanked.. Read More

H2O Calling (CA chp.8)

Life For me, water or better yet a connection to the ocean, is very important. The sound of it is not only soothing but it sends a signal that life exists. Below the  currents, the waves, is a different life. You can view the most magnificent fish with the aid of scuba gear or a specimen that only a microscope can bring into view. Either way it all equals life. The morning catch.. Read More

Art & Breezes

For those that have read my past blogs know of the fondness I have for museums, art or otherwise. (Read A True Love Affair or Oh to Be a Spy) This time I traveled to Oceanside for sand, surf and art. At 704 Pier View Way, a moderate sized, stark white building with long panels of glass to allow all that wonderful light in is a calming site. The women behind the desk.. Read More

Bumpin’ at the Bagdad Cafe (CA chp.6)

I’m always on the lookout for the fun and unusual places on the Route 66 trail. Now I’ve never seen the movie Bagdad Café, but a lot of people from Europe have. The day I pulled onto the gravel lot at 46548 National Trails Hwy. Newberry Springs, CA, I noticed the large white European travel bus parked a slight distance from the building. Several people clicked away on their cameras while others milled.. Read More

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