05/31/2006: "Elise is Gonna Get Leid!"
Friday morning I'm off to the Big Island of Hawaii, land of Kilauea, Pele, and plumeria, not to mention black sand beaches, giant sea turtles, and some of the best coffee I've ever had!
I am going to a conference in Kona with an extra week for vacation. I hope to hike in Volcanoes National Park, visit the Mauna Kea Observatory to do some star gazing...scuba dive, read on the beach, eat fresh fruit, and explore the island in the convertible jeep I splurged on. I'm also hooking up with my roomy from when I went to grad school on Oahu.
I'm going to take lots of photos while I'm there but I don't know if I'll have much of a chance to check emails or blog as I'm not taking my laptop with me, (though I am taking a sketch book and some water colors.) Here are some paintings I did while I lived in Palolo Valley.
I have not packed or finished any of the hundreds of small chores I have to do before I leave; I've been primarily lying on the couch nursing a swollen foot, finishing up Memoirs of a Geisha, which turned out to be much better than I thought it would be.
Have you noticed that with many epic tales the storyline often starts to jump forward by 5 or more years at a time during the last chapter and they start telling you what ultimately became of many of the characters? Getting to that part of a story always makes me feel a little sad, maybe because it reminds me of real life; how the older you get time speeds up just like that, a melancholic reminder that the end is not too far off...so I'm going to try and not waste any of it!