It’s Been a Great Year for Traveling

It’s New Year’s Eve and for the last week or so since Christmas, I’ve been gathering and organizing all the photos I’ve taken on my travels throughout the year.  There are quite a few, as you might imagine, and therefore, has taken me a few days to accomplish.  During the process I have thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the many places my travels have taken me to; place I’ve shared with you on this blog.  Man!  I’ve done a lot of traveling to some mighty interesting and scenic places and had a whole lot of fun all the while!

First there was Paris with my friends, Maria, Jack & Debbie and Cheryl enjoying its splendor of beauty, art, food and history!

Upon my return my youngest daughter, Emily, and I visited Fern Canyon on the northern California coast and the scenic beaches along the way to celebrate her birthday in May…

Followed by a trip north to a wonderful garden and butterflies on Vancouver Island in British Columbia…

Next I headed out to the middle of the Pacific Ocean to visit my son when he proposed to his now fiance, Amy, in the tropical paradise on the island of Oahu in Hawaii!

After lounging around and enjoying the kicked-back atmosphere of the islands, I had a bit of work to do which involved a much shorter route to take.  I bought a new house and moved all my belongings to a new place just down the road…then made some apple-pear butter from my new fruit trees, and managed to take a nice ride along the Rogue River to enjoy lunch at Galice Resort with my best friend, Cyndy before packing up my bags once again to…

head back to Scotland and Ireland for a couple of months visiting friends and family, making new friends, exploring castles, gardens and anything else I can find while I spent the rest of the summer until the frost starting biting the pumpkins on Halloween!

As if that wasn’t enough, upon my return, my long time friend, Tracie and I took a trip to the Redwood forest and southern Oregon coast in early November…

I managed to traveled a few times to the local park and the river with my great grand daughter Alaska, and my daughter Emily here and there between trips….

and to top off the year I traveled down to Central California to visit my sister Phyllis, her sons, Jacey and Dennis, and to meet my new great nephew, Montez and great niece, Vera!

What a great traveling year it’s been and have made some absolutely wonderful memories in the process!  Wonder what is in store for the New Year of 2017?  Well, that’s another post to follow soon!  Happy New Year everyone!  Hope you get to travel as well and make some memories of your own; if not I’m more than happy to share mine with you!  Thank you for all your great comments, interest and support as you follow my travels on this blog.  I love having you along virtually to share with.  Until the next time…bon voyage 2016 – here comes a new adventure just around the corner!

Part Three – North Shore Oahu; a little “island” time

After travelling to Paris in April and the Butchart and Butterfly Gardens in May, I received a spontaneous and surprise invitation from my son, Will, in late July to visit him and his girlfriend, Amy, on the North Shore of Oahu for a week.

I love spontaneity, as you’ve probably surmised by now, and he didn’t have to twist my arm very hard at all to accept his wonderful invite.

Their studio bungalow served as a perfect launching pad for lots of adventures and the making of very special memories indeed.

will and amy's studio on Olohio St

will and amy's kitchen

They were the perfect hosts, providing lots of homemade island yummy treats and meals from their kitchen and my ‘bedroom’ was outside under the stars no less!

Lucky for me, Amy even works at a Amy where she worksgreat coffee shop!  After arming ourselves with wonderful freshly brewed Hawaiian coffee, we headed to the local farmer’s market to gather some fresh veggies and Poke! Yum!

 

homemade lemon drop

Later that first day, we made homemade lemon drops (double YUM!) and headed to Will and Amy’s favourite beach, what they have dubbed “Pools,” just down the road to watch the sunset.

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claudia and amy

will and amy at Pools

A perfect ending to a perfect first day in paradise!

The following day, after a wonderful and filling island breakfast…

we visited their favourite roadside fruit stand and walked to Kewela Beach.

will and the cocanut

kewela beach scene

horseback riding

and finished the day at Turtle Bay resort watching yet another gorgeous sunset.

We enjoyed a lot of activities during the week, including the Haleiwa Arts Festival…

stained glass

woodburning

One day I helped Will propagate a few newly sprouted baby water lilies in a nursery bed from his lily pond…

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while the precious Gheckos kept the porch clean…

and just had a nice, ‘hang loose’ kind of afternoon.IMG_3878

I thought it was a perfect day spent with my son, but little did I know he still had a few surprises up his sleeves for later that evening.

He prepared a wonderful meal for all of use, utilizing the fresh herbs he grows on his lanai…

and we savoured it outside under the rising full moon laughing, talking and just having one heck of a great time together.romantic bungalow full moon July 2016

We sat there altogether on the grass enjoying the beauty of the moon filled sky when Will decided this was the perfect moment he had been waiting forIMG_3883 (Edited)

IMG_3916 (Edited)He reached in his pocket and pulled out my mother’s wedding rings which he had asked me to bring with me…

and he proposed to Amy and she said “YES!”

Is that just so darned romantic or what?!? I felt so honored and pleased to be able to share that special memory-making event with those two happy people who are in love!

IMG_3964 (Edited)Before that blessed week came to an end I managed to do a few more things like…snorkeling and collecting seashells for my friends in Scotland and Ireland (per request)…collecting shellswent sightseeing around the island….and on the final morning of my visit (as usual) I headed down to the beach one last time….

Afterwards, I headed out to the small local airport where Will works.pacific skydiving I watched the skydivers flying above and coming in for landings on the airstrip…

I got to meet a lot of the great people he works with; fellow skydivers, parachute packers, and then…

We climbed aboard this airplane…13700177_1232181353473226_6801992845649414878_nand I got to do a tandem jump with my son! Oh my goodness, it just doesn’t get much better than this!  Talk about an adventure. It’s divine to fly like a bird soaring at 14,000 feet and I couldn’t think of anyone I’d rather do it with.  He’s the best of the best!divineHe even gave me control of the canopy and showed me how to turn… what a kick!13908875_10210314513238814_7380960552469859364_o

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Well, that concludes this three-part blog of my travel adventures so far this year. I hope you’ve enjoyed it.  I’ve been wanting to catch up with myself for months and been trying to find the time to write these blog posts before I set off on yet another adventure.

In less than one weeks’ time, I’ll have my bags packed once again. I am headed back to Scotland and Ireland for 2 months. Many, many more travel adventures await! Stay tuned. See you in Scotland!