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

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Hawaii Day Three: The Road to Hana

 

Day Three was just a drive to Hana, it took 11 hours of our day! We left at about 7 am and drove all the way to Hana, bypassing all the tourist stops where there were about a dozen cars parked every time. We did all the stops on the drive back while everyone was gone driving back to Lahaina! Perfect plan so there were barely any people at each stop! Pictures are from both my camera and dads! Enjoy!!

DSCF2576 DSCF2578  We stopped for gas on the way out and I saw a yoohoo in the fridge in the gas station… I absolutely HAD to try it after hearing it mentioned in TV and movies haha… nothing special, just chocolate milk lol

DSCF2580  There were also bugels, hellz yeah. They used to fit on my finger tips better when I was little!

DSCF2585  you can see the turn of the wheel, the road to hana is VERY curvy!

DSCF2603 DSCF2608  yeah that’s a car down there… taken over by nature

DSCF2611  waterfalls in the distanceDSCF2613  wild chickens… they were EVERYWHERE

DSCF2625 DSCF2627 DSCF2628  cool pattern in the rocks.. clearly that used to be liquid

DSCF2637  yet again, standing on the edge! there was a stranger up on the bridge above us yelling at us to be careful haha we had random bystanders concerned

DSCF2641 DSCF2647 DSCF2654 DSCF2658 DSCF2660 DSCF2664  clearest water I’ve ever seen in my life!! also.. VERY cold because it NEVER sees the sun ! In a cave about 30 feet underground

DSCF2665 DSCF2668  so we jumped in.. and then another 5 people jumped in too!

DSCF2676  took my camera deeper into the cave

DSCF2684  really awesome multicoloured rocks inside the save

DSCF2686 DSCF2687  Black sand beach!!DSCF2689 DSCF2690 DSCF2693  as black as my sandalsDSCF2695 DSCF2698 DSCF2707  Markie near a blowhole!DSCF2711 DSCF2715 DSCF2718  The only store in the little town of Hana it has everything you’d need!

 

DSCF2721 DSCF2726 DSCF2727  check off the bucket list… swim under a waterfall in paradise!!

DSCF2731  gives a bit of an idea of how HUGE the waterfall was

DSCF2735 DSCF2746  The GIGANTIC avocado we bought in Hana, grown in Hana! and it only cost $2.22… doesn’t that make your wallet hurt, Inuvik friends?

DSCF2750  found another waterfall to swim under!! Bucket list check, check!!

DSCF2751 DSCF2753 DSCF2787  climbed up to another waterfall but didn’t swim under it, it had a flash flood warning

DSCF2801  One of the things I had my eyes on for months before hawaii were the rainbow eucalyptus trees! The bark peels off in stages and the tree underneath changes colour with time, the bright green stuff just peeled and the red patches are much older! so pretty!!IMG_4077 Pictures from dad’s cameraIMG_4079 IMG_4082  about a 40 foot drop from thereIMG_4085 IMG_4086  water was about 4 feet deepIMG_4087 IMG_4094 IMG_4095 IMG_4097 IMG_4100  Daddy, Markie & I climbed up through that hole in the ceiling there

IMG_4101  the view was awesome!!IMG_4102 IMG_4108  waterfall #1IMG_4111 IMG_4113 IMG_4114 we look like syncronize swimmers! We didn’t plan it we just moved our arms the exact same way at the exact same time!

IMG_4120 IMG_4130  Mom & Dad!IMG_4140 IMG_4142  swimming under waterfall #2, hurt like hell the water was actually so powerful it would push us right under water!

IMG_4150  in the bamboo forest … I’m a panda!!IMG_4155 IMG_4157 IMG_4160 IMG_4164coolest trees ever!!

 

Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura

 

Hawaii Day Two: D.T. Flemming Beach Park, Old Lahaina Luau

 

Since we weren’t really adjusted to Maui time yet Mark and I were up at about 7am and decided to go for a run along the beach! We ran from our hotel to the cliff diving rock at the end of our beach and then we rock climbed around the lava and stuff for about an hour and discovered an awesome cave that made the coolest indescribable noise when the waves crashed into it. We sat there and just listened to it for a few minutes, could have stayed there all day! Once we got back to the hotel we had some delicious 9am breakfast beers and then started our day with the family! We found D.T. Flemming Beach park which had the best waves for body surfing and boogie boarding! We went back to this beach like 5 times. That evening we had reservations at the Old Lahaina Luau, all you can eat and all you can drink!!

DSCF2263 DSCF2264 DSCF2266 DSCF2267  clearly we had our priorities straight when we went to the grocery store

DSCF2268 DSCF2272 DSCF2273  our resident praying mantis Steven.DSCF2274  a horse appeared at DT FlemmingDSCF2279 DSCF2280  photobombed!!

DSCF2288 S0032320 S0042333  wave selfies lolS0042335 S0092373 S0172436 S0182450 DSCF2462  Down the windy road from DT flemming is Honolua Bay, boats full of people go there every day to snorkel its a very calm bay with zero waves or current so it’s great for EVERYONE even the not-so-strong swimmers. You can also drive to a make-shift parking lot and then hike through the jungle (literally) for a few minutes and get right to the beach.

DSCF2470  another random spot off the road after DT flemming

DSCF2481  inukshuks! Sort of.

DSCF2485 DSCF2488  it was a jagged drop!DSCF2489  the look straight down from where I was sitting

DSCF2490 DSCF2492  it scares our mom and sister when we do this.. but we HAVE to peek over the edge everywhere we go!

IMG_4000 IMG_4007 IMG_4021 IMG_4026 IMG_4028  Luau time!IMG_4029  Poi being made. It’s taro root and water mashed together… it was pretty gross but we HAD to try it.IMG_4034 IMG_4035 IMG_4038 IMG_4040 IMG_4041 IMG_4044 IMG_4063  another amazing sunset!!IMG_4070 DSCF2499  more pictures from my digital camera.. world’s fattest koi fish

DSCF2504 steph the horse

DSCF2512 DSCF2513 DSCF2521 DSCF2523 DSCF2525 DSCF2532 DSCF2538 look at that delicious piggy smokeDSCF2545 DSCF2549 DSCF2553  best seats in the house for the show! (the people in front of us were sitting on pillows on the ground)

DSCF2560 DSCF2569

 

Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura

Apparently these are also from day one…

You get a lot done in a day when you wake up at 3!! Here’s some pictures of our EPIC condo at the Westin Ka’anapali Resort Villas! And then being goofs on the beach and in the pool, killing time before dinner

IMG_1298 IMG_1299 IMG_1300 IMG_1302 IMG_1303 IMG_1305  a wild horse appearsIMG_1309 IMG_1311  we had the biggest lanai (balcony) on the resort!

IMG_1315  the view from our lanaiIMG_1316 IMG_1322 IMG_1326 DSCF2152  those big stone walls are our lanais

DSCF2154  one of the pools, the dark lining made for really warm water!

DSCF2158 DSCF2161  beach!

DSCF2172 DSCF2179 DSCF2190  Markie, the Girlie and I being idiots in the pool

DSCF2192 DSCF2193 DSCF2194 DSCF2196  waterfall in the pool!!

DSCF2197 DSCF2200 DSCF2202 DSCF2210 DSCF2213 DSCF2227 DSCF2231  of course I did handstandsDSCF2239 DSCF2243

 

 

Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura

Hawaii Day One: sunrise on Haleakala, whaler’s village, Maui Brewing Co.

On our first morning in Maui we got up at 3:00am, piled into the minivan (felt like the 90’s) and made the 2ish hour drive in the darkness up the side of the Haleakala volcano on a very winding road with TONS of other cars. We got to the top where the national park is located with a big parking lot, gift shop/information centre and a nice big railing to keep people from falling down the side of the volcano. The weather up at 10,000 feet is significantly colder and MUCH windier! But the view was well worth it! Most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever watched! No problem getting up at 3:00am to do that if I get the chance again!

IMG_1221 IMG_1223 IMG_1224  my brother and I like to climb where we aren’t supposed to 😀

IMG_1227 IMG_1228  Mommy, Markie and I climbed to the 10,000 foot peak!! Very tough on the lungs! But we adjusted relatively quickly.

IMG_1231 IMG_1237  Fatal is my middle name.

IMG_1240  That’s the shadow of the volcano against the clouds!

IMG_1244  Hello Mr. Sun

IMG_1245  So high up there was frost!

IMG_1251  Mark and I climbed past the signs and sat right on the edge.

IMG_1252  So windy I could barely keep my eyes open without my sunglasses on.

IMG_1254  Hey brosif

IMG_1257  Frost in Hawaii!IMG_1260  Mark and I chose to run up… didn’t last long !

IMG_1265 IMG_1279  After the sunrise we went to Krispy Kreme!Yum Yum all my hard work on my maui body went down the drain!

IMG_1280  But I was good and only had ONE (see Karina?? I was good on vacation!)

IMG_1291  An island FULL of my favourite flowers in the universe?? Yes please!! Plumerias!!

IMG_3861  The famjam up at 10,000 feet

IMG_3868  Sunrise pictures from daddio’s SLR

IMG_3880 IMG_3883 IMG_3887 IMG_3890  right up at the peak! We tend to go off trail

IMG_3891  We also don’t obey signs and warnings

IMG_3896 IMG_3899  The medical professionals of the family being valiant.

IMG_3909  spikey cactus bush thingy!IMG_3911  was actually very soft to touch!

IMG_3918  Momma & Her babiesIMG_3925 IMG_3931  We had champagne and orange juice up at the top

IMG_3934  and fresh Maui pineapple, it tastes totally different from pineapple in canada

IMG_3938 IMG_3940 IMG_3943   After lunch at the Whaler’s Village mall we went to a little kiosk called “The Pearl Factory” that my mom went to the first time she came to Maui in 2002. You pick an oyster out of a little bowl full of oysters and they open it up and find the pearl and then you pick the piece of jewelry you want to put it on they have hundreds of settings. I really wanted to get myself a pearl since I loved my mom’s so much. So the girl working there said pick the ugliest and hairy oyster in the bowl so I did just that! She cracked that sucker open and squished its guts around and out popped a pretty white/cream pearl! Yipee! as she was squishing the guts to chuck the oyster away out popped a second identical pearl!! Super rare are lucky! So I ended up getting 2 pearls for the price of one! Hoorah! I was pretty excited since I didn’t really have a plan for one pearl since the necklace I wear already has 3 charms on it. Tada! Pearl earrings!!IMG_3944   my pretty little pearls!IMG_3946  Mommy picking a 30th anniversary pearl setting

IMG_3948  the little kiosk

IMG_3975  Maui sunsets were SPECTACULAR, best I’ve ever seen!

IMG_3980 IMG_3984 IMG_3987 IMG_3990  That night we went for dinner at an awesome Brew Pub, DELICIOUS food and beer! So good we went there for one of our last suppers!

IMG_3992The famjam at the pub

 

There’s day one of Hawaii 2014! Hope you enjoyed it. MANY more photos to come!!

 

Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura

Muskrat Jamboree 2014

This weekend is the annual Muskrat Jamboree, a weekend of activities, food & races! People come from all around inuvik for this weekend. The town like doubles in size. Here’s a few pictures I snapped Saturday afternoon! IMG_1589  Karina & Dr. Boronowski walking between events down the ice road IMG_1594  the dogs coming back from their race IMG_1595 IMG_1597 IMG_1599  so many puppies!IMG_1604 IMG_1607 IMG_1609 IMG_1614 so excited to run! IMG_1618  no skidoos allowed in the activities/food area IMG_1620 IMG_1626  the planks for the plank-walk raceIMG_1627  so teams of 4 (2 boys, 2 girls) tie their feet to these boards and they have to race down the ice, around a couple pylons and back, 4 people strapped to 2 boards, recipe for hilarity. IMG_1629 IMG_1633 IMG_1636 IMG_1637  and they’re off! IMG_1639 IMG_1641 IMG_1642 IMG_1644 IMG_1646  uh ohIMG_1653 IMG_1661 IMG_1664 IMG_1667  this happened a few timesIMG_1668 IMG_1674  they’re getting the hang of it! … IMG_1678  … nope. IMG_1694  crack in the road IMG_1708  Panda!! IMG_1709  Pretty Neko IMG_1714  Caroline waiting for the women’s egg race to begin IMG_1716 IMG_1726  There they go!IMG_1729 IMG_1730  The aftermath IMG_1733  Boys waiting for their eggs IMG_1741 IMG_1742 IMG_1750  Peter won 3rd … for the women…? IMG_1752  foot race time! IMG_1754  they made it interesting by having to slide under an outstretched extension cord IMG_1756 IMG_1760 Deb sliding with style IMG_1762 IMG_1763  Karina’s swan diveIMG_1764 IMG_1766  Boys race beginsIMG_1769 IMG_1773  Danny’s winning slide IMG_1776  Those spastic arms are PeterIMG_1779  food! Burgers, hot dogs, candy, drinks!IMG_1780  Lots of people out on the ice! IMG_1781 IMG_1783  each of the little shacks was heated with a woodstove, so warm & cozy inside IMG_1784  Karina’s first Eskimo donut! She loved it! IMG_1785 IMG_1788  Log sawing competition IMG_1792  No one can resist maple syrup!IMG_1796 IMG_1797 IMG_1799  The boys’ turn to saw some logsIMG_1804  Pataki’s turn…IMG_1807  and he broke the saw =PIMG_1809  Danny!IMG_1814  Panda!IMG_1819 Brian!

 

It was a really fun day out on the ice! And BEAUTIFUL weather all day, even if it was -20 with the windchill. The fun continues with skidoo races hopefully I’ll be able to catch some pictures of that too!!

Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura

Lights April 5th 2014

 

Northern lights will never cease to blow my mind. The only problem is that they’re the best in the middle of the night … when I should be sleeping. These were taken at about 3am last night! Enjoy!!

IMG_1585 IMG_1584 IMG_1583 IMG_1581 IMG_1579 IMG_1577 IMG_1567 IMG_1568  at some points the ENTIRE sky was just lit up green, incredible.

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Loooooove it! … way better than sleeping, that crap’s overrated anyways.

Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura