Feb 18 - A bit of sight seeing

We've been keeping busy between work projects. A visit from John & Melinda (sv Mycia) from Maui - we had met many years ago in Port Townsend, Wa! - coincided with some big waves on the north shore. We went by bus, hoping to see an "Eddie" competition. The contest didn't happen, but it was still impressive to experience the huge waves and see the north and east coasts of Oahu.
With all the work projects going on the boat is a shambles, and it's hard for even one person to move around....I've kept my sanity by renting a small condo at the Ilikai for a few weeks. It corresponded with a visit from two friends, Jan & Robin, who have recently retired. So a rendezvous in Hawaii was most welcome! We rented a car to see the 'real Hawaii'--only a half hour drive out of Honolulu. We hiked, explored beaches, and never stopped jawing....a wonderful visit.
The view from our room has a good view of the HYC Friday night race start and finish line, as well as activity off Waikiki. It's whale watching season..the big humpback whales are beautiful to watch.
We were invited to a special Boat Tour of Pearl Harbor by our friends Dave & Sherry. This is not open to the public; you have to be active or retired military. It was a different perspective and presentation of the history of the bombing, and included an interesting tour around Ford Island by launch.
We've continued to meet cruisers...there will be a handful of boats doing the 2011 Pacific Puddle Jump organized by Latitude 38.
....A new Picassa album has been posted, entitled "Around Oahu."

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