Two-Year Blogiversary

My blog is two years old! As was the case when I marked my first blogiversary last year, a lot has happened in the last year: I started a new job. I turned 30. We bid on — and received — our onward assignment. I got a job at our next post. We spent our secondContinue reading “Two-Year Blogiversary”

R&R in Hawaii | Volcanoes National Park & The Big Island, Part Two

The third part of our Hawaiian vacation brought us to the other side of the Big Island, a moist rainforest that is vastly different from the arid lava fields near Kona, to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We stayed in a little B&B near the main park entrance and spent the better part of two daysContinue reading “R&R in Hawaii | Volcanoes National Park & The Big Island, Part Two”

R&R in Hawaii | Pearl Harbor

Other than a trip to the North Shore, our major excursion during our short stay on Oahu was a visit to Pearl Harbor. It was a very moving experience, and somewhat eerie to see the remains of the USS Arizona submerged underwater, the final resting place for many of the 1,177 crewman killed aboard.

R&R in Hawaii | Oahu & Waikiki Beach

Diamond Head.After a whirlwind first five days on the Big Island, I was really looking forward to some true R&R at Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu. But if this is not the first post you’ve read on this blog, you know that taking it easy is not really my style of vacation. IContinue reading “R&R in Hawaii | Oahu & Waikiki Beach”

R&R in Hawaii | Kona & The Big Island, Part One

Pu’ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site.Even though I sometimes felt like we were spending more time in transit — by plane, car or boat — than actually vacationing in Hawaii, there were some definite upsides, and seeing more of the state was just one of them. Our R&R in Hawaii was essentially three vacations in one.