Archive for December, 2008

Salt Flats Beach, Kauai

 | December 30, 2008 10:03 pm

We actually only stopped here for about a half an hour and didn’t go swimming, but I just loved this lifeguard station.


Morning on Kauai

 | December 28, 2008 3:03 pm

My parents joined me for the first 12 days I was on Kauai. In addition to it being nice to have someone else to travel with, it was also great to not have to worry about logistics for a while. We rented a nice timeshare for the first week where we had a great view from our balcony. This is sunrise of the last morning we were there.


North shore surfing

 | December 26, 2008 2:45 pm


I spent about four days on the north shore of Oahu at the beginning of my trip. There was a surfing competition going on that I never actually made it to (it was on hold the whole time I was there because of weather) but I did hang out on the beach one afternoon playing around with my new telescoping lens taking pictures of the surfers. I was impressed by the size of these waves, but these ones are nothing compared to what they surf during the competitions.


Where I’ll be tomorrow

 | December 24, 2008 2:45 pm


Tomorrow morning I’m starting the Kalalau trail along the Na Pali coast.  A couple days ago we did a plane trip around the island and I took this shot.  At the time I thought it was as close to the Kalalau trail as I was going to get.  The trail has been closed because rain in the mountains had made the rivers too high to cross.  A couple days ago it reopened, and barring no major weather events I should be starting off bright and early tomorrow. I’m not sure how far I’ll make it. Miles 6.5 through 8 are right along the cliffs and hopefully those aren’t too washed away to pass.  I know mom and dad are worried about me doing this, but I just keep reminding them that I’m neither stupid nor reckless.  If I think it’s not going to be safe I’ll just turn around and head back.  But if I do make it the whole 11 miles in I’ll have three nights of camping on the beach at the end of this valley:

I’ve had a chance to go through almost all of the photos I’ve taken on the trip so far.  I’m going to attempt to set up some posts for the next couple days so there’ll be more photos appearing here even while I’m on the trail.

You can find out more information about the Kalalau trail here.

New look for the website!

 | December 23, 2008 8:02 pm

I’ve been playing around with the vSlider theme from the folks at and now that I’ve finally gotten around to updating WordPress I also updated to a new theme.  I’ll be tweeking it as I go, but I hope you all like it.

If you run a website or are just interested in this sort of stuff check out their development work.  There’s lots of cool wallpapers and of course the very cool theme vSlider for WordPress.  All of it is up for sale (donation) as they’re trying to finance a trip around the world.

When I get back to LA and have some more time for playing around with this stuff, I’ll be purchasing a spot on their map of the world.

In the mean time, I give you another picture from Hawaii.  This is one of the many red-crested cardinals hanging out all over Oahu.


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