Trip to Tuk with Momo & KP (my parents)

My parents came up to visit me and we did a day trip to Tuktoyaktuk, big thanks to my friend Kyle who flew us there and arranged everything on the Tuk end! I really wanted my parents to see the Ice House and we were planning on doing a dip in the Arctic Ocean (me and my friends, no parents involved lol). So here’s a few pictures daddio snapped over the day!

IMG_4740  Momo with her foot on my part of the arctic!

IMG_4741  off we go in the 207 with Captain Meathook!

IMG_4742 IMG_4747  Inuvik from the air

IMG_4750 IMG_4762 IMG_4768 IMG_4772 Pingo from the airIMG_4774 IMG_4777 IMG_4781  Arrived safely in Tuk!IMG_4787 IMG_4788 IMG_4790 IMG_4791 IMG_4793 IMG_4796 IMG_4797 IMG_4801 IMG_4806  Dad’s artistic shot for the trip

IMG_4809  waiting for the cab to come take us to the ice house

IMG_4810  There we go!

IMG_4813  Momma going down the ladder

IMG_4814 IMG_4816  opened up one of the rooms and found a seal!! and some other meat, maybe reindeer?

IMG_4825 IMG_4830 IMG_4831 IMG_4833 IMG_4835 IMG_4836 IMG_4837 IMG_4841  FUN FACT: Karina, Kyle and I are locked in that room

IMG_4850 IMG_4855 shining a light into the permafrost layers

IMG_4859  just after getting out of the arctic ocean

IMG_4860 IMG_4863  Chive on! From the Arctic Ocean!IMG_4870

 

It was an awesome little adventure, and we were back in Inuvik before noon!

 

Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura

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Mackenzie River Ice Breakup

In the spring the ice road reverts to its normal state of riverdom and the ice cracks into huge chunks and they float through town. Since it’s still been stupidly cold the river isn’t flowing much yet but there’s still some big impressive chunks on the shore. Some friends and I took a quick zip out to take some pictures, and of course Karina and  wandered out onto the ice where it was still thick and goofed around. P.S. These pictures were taken at like 10:30pm.

IMG_1821 IMG_1823 IMG_1824 IMG_1825  Peter & Matt staying safe on shoreIMG_1826  about to crack between my feet

IMG_1833  of course I did a handstand, painfully cold on the hands though!

IMG_1835  and cartwheels

IMG_1839 IMG_1842 IMG_1849 IMG_1853

 

I’ll venture out again when there’s more little icebergs floating around and get some more pictures.

 

Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura

Day Six: Snorkelling at Honolua Bay, More DT Flemming

A nice relaxing day of snorkelling and boogie boarding! And then another dinner at the Maui Brewing Company, yum yum!

DSCF3217  who the hell knows whats happening here

DSCF3219  apparently the koi thought it was feeding time

DSCF3224  a “cool” tree in the jungle on the way to honolua bayDSCF3226  Chickens… EVERYWHERE and this one had babies with it

DSCF3231  look at all the wild chickens!

DSCF3242  Coral and Honolua Bay, wasn’t the best day for snorkelling here since it had been raining, makes the water kind of murky but oh well it was still fun!!

DSCF3247  each of those black dots is an urchin

DSCF3249  When mark was floating here this black fish was ANGRY, circling us and charging at us and stuff… we’re pretty sure we were near it’s nest

DSCF3251  that angry black fish right there!

DSCF3254 DSCF3255 DSCF3257 DSCF3263  found a loop/anchor to swim through!

DSCF3264  snorkels make everyone look good!

DSCF3269 DSCF3289 DSCF3290 DSCF3292 DSCF3296 DSCF3308 DSCF3310 DSCF3312 DSCF3315 DSCF3320  we found a dog to play with!

S0043329 IMG_1383 our alcohol consumption so far

 

Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura

Day Five: Iao Needle, Maui Tropical Plantation, D.T. Flemming again

Day five is the day our parents left so we did some touring just us kids. The first day we got to sleep in! … and we only really slept until about 8:30. So before lunch we went to the Iao Valley Park and saw the Iao needle, a big mossy projection that’s become a tourist attraction… pretty cool looking and the state park is quite pretty! Then we went to the Maui Tropical Plantation where they grow tons of fruit and herbs! We got on a little train that toured around the whole plantation, took about 30 minutes and taught us a lot about the fruits grown on Maui, educational and fun!! After the plantation we went to the little town of Paia and had lunch at the flatbread company, we had found it online before we got to Maui and HAD to try it, so yummy and great service! If you’re ever in Maui make the short drive to Paia and go to the Flatbread Company. We finished up our day with some body surfing and boogie boarding at DT fleming… again!

DSCF3057 DSCF3059 oh look, a warning sign, better do the opposite of what it says

DSCF3063 DSCF3068 DSCF3072 DSCF3076 DSCF3079 DSCF3094  the start of the maui tropical plantation tourDSCF3096 DSCF3097 DSCF3100 DSCF3106  my favourite flowers!

DSCF3107  mango treesDSCF3109  pineapplesDSCF3113  bananasDSCF3117  another mango treeDSCF3122  the claw used to pick up/harvest sugar cane

DSCF3123  birds of paradise flowersDSCF3124  barely open onesDSCF3125  not open at allDSCF3127  tiniest cauliflowerDSCF3128 DSCF3129  amaaaazing chocolate bar!DSCF3131  the globemaster! DSCF3132  each of the menus at the Flatbread Company is unique and drawn by kids!

DSCF3133  yum yum yum

DSCF3134  buncha cheeses

DSCF3141  Paul & StephDSCF3148 DSCF3155 DSCF3159 DSCF3167 DSCF3174  he was a very happy boyDSCF3184 DSCF3209 Hawaii’s rainbow on their license plate is definitely accurate, we saw a rainbow every day!!

 

Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura

Day Four: Deep sea fishing, Snorkelling Outside the Westin

Ever since forever I’ve had “go deep sea fishing with my dad” on my bucket list and what better place to do it than Hawaii?! So before we even got to the island my sister did a bunch of research and booked us a 4 hour private fishing tour! We woke up at 5:30am (lots of early starts on this vacation) and went to the Lahaina Harbour to start our trip! We met our Captain and whatever the boat equivalent of a first officer is… first mate? I don’t know boats, I know airplanes. They went over the rules i.e. no bananas on board (bad luck) and if you’re gonna puke do it over the side of the boat, those kinds of things. We piled in and started our journey! It was every bit as fun as I was expecting! They dropped a couple lines in the water to try and catch some live bait, there’s no way of predicting how many you’ll catch it’s very hit-or-miss. We ended up getting 3 decent size mackerel, we were the only boat of the day to catch any live bait (and any fish, but more on that later). once we were out to the deep stuff we put 4 lines in the water 2 with live bait and 2 with frozen mackerel. There was lots of downtime just trolling around waiting for bites so I got some awesome tanning in (woohoo!!). The lines have bells on them so when they get a bite you’re well aware of it. About an hour and a half in one of the bells went off and the first mate, Johnny grabbed me and said here we go girl! (I’m pretty sure they forgot my name since they called me “girl” for the whole trip, but who cares, I’ll respond to basically anything) I grabbed the belt thing that the rod hooks into and I started reeling that sum’bitch in! … a good few minutes of hard arm work and the little SOB got away!! oh man did I ever want a fish after that! so we checked the bait… amazingly still alive and wiggling on the hook and we recast the line and went back to tanning and chatting about my super interesting northern life. Another hour and half-ish later the bell went off again and it was time to work! When the fish went for the bait she jumped right out of the water and everyone got a good look a the size of her and again I put on the belt and start reeling it in. A good probably 5 or 6 minutes of solid reeling and the fish was finally at the side of the boat. Johnny hooked her through the gut and brought her aboard, she flopped around getting everyone in a 3 foot radius mighty bloody and then they put here in a bag to sleeeeeeep (die). once she settled down (died) and Johnny cleaned all the blood and guts off the boat we took her out of the bag and I got my picture with her! Then the captain filleted her right there and gave us all the meat in a couple ziplocs. Yum yum yum we had Mahi Mahi for the next 3 days… I’m not a HUGE fish eater but dang when it’s that fresh (and you’re the one who caught it) you can’t really say no… and damn was she tasty! Fish tacos and BBQ fillets for days! On our way back into the harbour Johnny put a little yellow flag up on the outrigger which let the other boats know what we had caught (different flag, different fish) and none of the other boats caught anything in those 4 hours! MY beautiful 25lbs Mahi Mahi was the only catch of the day, GO ME! So here’s the pictures from the trip!

IMG_4183  6:00am at the Lahaina harbour, the man in the white shirt was our captain

IMG_4184  checking out the map

IMG_4185 got to watch the sunrise from out on the sea, very pretty

IMG_4186  one hell of a lure

IMG_4187  First mate (left) and captain (right) trying to get some live bait

IMG_4188  lots of time to relax

IMG_4189 IMG_4190  here we go!!

IMG_4192  yay!! I got it!IMG_4193 IMG_4195 IMG_4199 IMG_4202  Last picture with my catch before she got chopped up

IMG_4203 IMG_4205  yum yum yum!!

IMG_4206 IMG_4208 IMG_4209  our flag to signify what we caught, only boat with a flag at the end of the day

IMG_4211  The famous banyans tree, apparently it’s something like 140 years old… the branches grow out then down to the ground and root there. It’s at least 5 degrees cooler underneath the tree, really cool.

IMG_4214  Stooph made amazing guacamole with our huge Hana avocado

IMG_4215  Markie cooked for everyone! IMG_1348 IMG_1349 IMG_1351  freshest fish I think ANY of us had ever eaten… caught less than 3 hours before!

IMG_1352  fish tacoooooos

IMG_1353  and some liquid aloha!

IMG_1357  and another beauty sunset

 

Since we started our day so early we packed a lot of activities into it. SO MANY ACTIVITIES. We each rented snorkel gear on our first days there and used them almost every day. The snorkelling just outside our hotel was really great and that’s where the following pictures are from, but the BEST snorkelling EVER was just outside our parents hotel just down the beach at a spot called Black Rock, there will be plenty of pictures from there in another post. I got a wicked waterproof camera just before the trip and it took AMAZING pictures but under and above water. So here’s a ton of pictures from snorkelling.. enjoy!

 

DSCF2833  mark twerkin’ in the horse maskDSCF2838  Hawaii’s state fish! The Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (there ya go Hugh!!)

DSCF2842 DSCF2846  awesome coral reefDSCF2853  yellow!DSCF2859 DSCF2860 DSCF2865 DSCF2870  Markus just chillin’

DSCF2871 DSCF2875  we look really pumped but we’re just trying to get lower in the water haha

DSCF2878 DSCF2880 DSCF2885 DSCF2888   Markie swimming through a little trench

DSCF2889 DSCF2892  big urchin !DSCF2904  The yellow “bubbles” guy from Finding Nemo

DSCF2908 DSCF2915  I tried to fight a sign one day (kidding, I just straight up walked into it) and it bled through my rash guard, ouch.

S0232945  This is the point called black rock very popular cliff diving place so we obviously had to jump off the two most right people are me and mark (my brother’s wife took the pictures)

S0252954 … and she saw some Angel fish!

S0292977 DSCF2983  there I go! about a 30′ dropDSCF2984  weeeee!! DSCF2989 DSCF2992 DSCF3001  Mark in front of the coral at Black rock

DSCF3013  sea turtle!!!

DSCF3015  the most awesome massive creature, moves through the water effortlessly

DSCF3023 DSCF3032 DSCF3037  and then we saw a sting ray!!

DSCF3038 DSCF3047 Mark and I went for a very long swim around black rock instead of walking back to our resort and we saw another 2 sea turtles and another sting ray! Mark snapped this picture of two at once!

 

Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura