Friday, August 12, 2011

The Garden Isle

I've had a difficult time settling into my pre-vacation routine.  I seem to fall asleep earlier and sleep later.  My mind is still at the beach and I wish I was there with it!

I want to share experiences and pictures with you and will do so in small doses, hopefully not to bore you.

We arrived in the evening and didn't get a glimpse of the beauty that surrounded us.   Had to try and get some sleep in hopes of a big day to follow.  The very first thing we all noticed upon entering our rental home.....No A/C!  Uh oh!  It  would be a tough decision as to which of our homes is kept the coldest!!

The shutters were open and yes I felt a breeze.....but it was a damp one.  The rain fell most of the night and the sound was very peaceful.

Finally the sun rose and just look at the view from my bed.....

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Lush doesn't begin to describe it, and yes that is a wonderful fan at the foot of my bed! Yippee, they knew I was coming. Actually there was one in every room, and we put them to use believe me.

I worried about the sound of rain and hoped it wasn't an indication of the week to come....but it was.....because minutes after it stopped

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I felt better already. Time for the beach.

Tunnels Beach, on the North Shore where the waters are as calm as a lake in the summer months.
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We arrived early and for a time had the beauty all to ourselves. Heaven!

Days later we chose Hanalei Bay Beach Park. From Fodor's: In summer the bay is transformed - calm water lap the beach, sailboats moor in the bay, and outrigger-canoe paddlers ply the sea.  The sailboats were there, such a pretty sight, the paddlers too.  Next time I'll be on a board paddling, looks like great fun!

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You know you are in paradise when you can't decide which direction to look toward. The sight of the mountains, with waterfalls take your breath away.

Ok, enough for today. Tomorrow it's waterfalls.

I've missed you all and am trying to catch up with everyone, (in between sleeping, cleaning, etc)


Sandi said...

I so love a beach, the sounds, the scents...all the varying kind of treasurers that come in with the tide. it looks as though you had a wonderful place to relax and connect with "your - self"! Blessings that you may carry those moments into your days to come.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, Nanny! Paradise looks to be the perfect word!! I'm so glad you're back and look so forward to hearing and seeing more!! Beautiful!! And, some of your favorite folks! Staying tuned...

Marguerite said...

Gorgeous pics and that beach is beautiful! Sounds like you really enjoyed yourself. Welcome back!

Solar Powered said...

Oh, I'm so glad you are describing the trip. I'm so bad at remembering it, I will enjoy these posts for weeks to come!! Heavenly, it's the best and only word I can come up with too. :)

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm so jealous! blessings, marlene

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh my Gosh, that is gorgeous... I hope to go to Hawaii someday... It's another place on my long list... ha

Can't wait to see the waterfalls.

Betsy said...

Gorgeous! Looks so relaxing!

Gypsy Heart said...

You've been missed! The photos are just gorgeous...I love it there too. Don't forget the time change so be kind to yourself and rest as much as you need to. It takes awhile for your body to adjust and it's more difficult on the return.


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Welcome home -- from Hawaii! Such a paradise! I'm looking forward to seeing all your photos, Nanny.

Anonymous said...

Don't you dare worry about boring us... How could all that beauty bore anyone? I LOVE THAT LAST SHOT... is that actually a waterfall in the middle there?

Thank you so much for the comment you left on my horses shot... I'm seriously thinking about putting it on canvas for my mom =)

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

OH! So glad you are back! You were missed BUT this vacation sounds wonderful! SO GLAD you could get away and enjoy!