View From The Ridge

View From The Ridge

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A little of everything

Jeri's sister and brother-in-law, Judie and Tom, have been visiting since the 9th of October and we have had a great time.  Mostly because Tom is hopelessly addicted to Golf as am I and we have played three times a week no matter what the weather is like.  Which is always great here.  Although we did play the Makalai course one day in the clouds and we had to wait on several holes for the clouds to blow by so we could get a bearing on where to hit the ball.  Was like playing in a fog.  But we were able to fight through the adversity and continue on like the dedicated golfers we are.

One of the things Judie wanted to do over here was the Zip line at Hawi(pronounced Ha ve).  Tom and I agreed to go with her(Jeri had already done it) so she made the reservations and then last Thursday we took off in the yellow car and headed up the north coast of the Island.  We first stopped at the Macadamia nut factory for all the samples they put out and a chance to see the production line working.  We purchased a couple of items to snack on in the car.  Had lunch at a little deli cafe in Hawi.   Great pastrami sandwiches. 
Our group consisted of 10 people, two from North Dakota, two from New York, one from L.A., two from the San Francisco bay area, two from Santa Paula and one local yokel, Me and two guides, who were excellent.  One was native Hawaiian and the other was a transplant from Portland, Oregon.  Had a great time with everyone.

The Zip line course took over 8 months to construct and several of the lines required the use of a helicopter to get the lines over the canyon. 

The course consisted of eight Zip lines and one suspension bridge.  The lines ranged in distance from 800 ft. to over 1800 ft with drops in elevation of 60 ft to over 100 ft.  The course is on land that belongs to one of the heirs of the Campbell soup family and the tour group leases the use. 

I went along as chauffeur, tour guide, chief photographer and cheap entertainment. 

Tom, trying to fly with no hands but can't quite turn loose.


I believe this is a Russian troop carrier.  Purchased from someone in Arkansas
North East Big Island coast line
Afterwards we went to the Pololu Valley view area and took in all the beauty that God had made.  It is amazing to see such lush growth come out of lava rock. 
Black sand beach, Pololu Valley

Several of us commented that we were not sure if we had ever seen this many warning signs for anything. 
Tom, Jeralyn and Judie, at Jeri's 72nd birthday
Mike, Jeri and Judy at Bubba Gump Shrimp company

Today was Jeri's birthday and she decided that she wanted shrimp so we went to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company for her birthday dinner. 


Judie and I had the Shrimper's Heaven, consisting of coconut shrimp, chilly shrimp, fried shrimp and tempura shrimp with double cooked fries.  Jeri had the Mama Blue's southern charmed fried shrimp and Tom had the shrimp scampi on a bed of linguine.  We had a table on the deck over looking the ocean with just a gentle breeze.  Perfect evening topped off with the waiting crew singing happy birthday and providing a birthday chocolate sundae with a  candle on it.  We all ate wayyyyy to much, but it was sooooooo good.  

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