Last year the whale count was very low, but this year we’re seeing whales every where. And our Pacific Whale Foundation ride Monday, was e-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t! One of the best trips ever. Breaches, pec slaps, several spy hops, and even a somersault! Several times the whales swam along side the boat and underneath. One turned belly up so our captain could ID her as female (which he said is really hard to do). I had my camera with the telephoto lens and knew I took mind-blowing photos. Then … when we got back to the condo, Karen found my camera’s memory card on the couch. SO sad. But here are photos coutesy of JoAnn and a couple I took from our condo.

We took our annual hike at Kihei’s Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge but the water level was very low (even though it has rained a lot here?!) so the bird count was way down.

Years and years ago I got an Aloha Mixed Plate t-shirt then several years go they changed their logo and shirt to red. The staff miss the old shirt and I try to wear mine when we go because the old staff love seeing it.

When we had breakfast before the whale watch at Pioneer Inn, the waitress commented on Richard’s Alaska hat because she was from Kodiak Alaska. Richard said he had traveled there for business and when I mentioned Auntie Jane lived in Bethel she said, “That place is hard core!”

Richard, Judy, Karen and I have many dining traditions here. And one is breakfast at Plantation House. The food is great but the views are spectacular! Especially this day because for once it wasn’t raining.

JoAnn loves the water as much as I do and since our beach is at full-sand level (actually above and beyond) she enjoyed walking the shoreline.

There’s one sunset (from many!) and a dawn the revealed Molokai in all it’s glory. And then there are a few from the last several days, of our quiet life in an extraordinary place.6a11980a-3931-432f-9c8a-27f1583ee276

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