Saturday, January 22, 2011
Hawaii - The Last Day
So tomorrow I go home. Back to the mainland where it looks like on Tuesday I will be shoveling. But today it was time to go to the zoo. Honolulu is very 60's in it's downtown architecture and it is still in the 60's in some of it's zoo exhibits. With that being said, it is the zoo of a small town. And Honolulu is a small town. Where S1 lives it is a small town. The grocery is local, there is a bakery, local bar, places to shop for needed and fanciful items. All within a 2 block radius. There is public transport. Cheap parking. Churches. Schools. It has a small town flavor.
But getting back to the zoo. The flowers are beautiful. An animal expert giving advice to a group of young school children. Mothers with season passes letting their little ones run.
After the zoo I went in the opposite direction to the arboreteum that is nestled at the end of the road, in the mountains in Manoa. The beginning of my tour was fine but it wasn't until I took a different path that I began to excited. Views that cannot be captured adequately by camera. Huge flowers. Limbs of trees that have roots hanging, trying to reach the ground.
Tonight S1 is cooking dinner - stuffed peppers. He is an imaginative cook. We went out today for shaved ice. It was pretty good - better than the bubble tea that I had yesterday. We went to the Blow Hole and watched the water come up while looking at Jupiter and stars. Then we went to Diamond Head and looked for more stars and took photos of the city there.
What I learned today -
1. Life is full of cool surprises.