Thursday, May 1, 2008

Home from paradise

Some pictures to share...

Upon arrival, a tradtion my brother has is to take Kauai visitors to Duke's Canoe Club, Cindy and me (right).
Wailua River is amazing, so tranquil and the jungle comes right to the river. Check out the cool roots on the trees.
Cindy & me after kyaking
My dear and most special brother Richard and me at Duke's.Cindy & me at the glorious Beach House Resturant in Poipu
Happy Thursday stampers, scrappers & crafters! I am back!

Aloha everyone! Paradise was lovely as usual!
Trip summary:
The flight over was a bit difficult for me, as my legs were not fans of the long ride. We arrived safely in paradise and my BFF was my handy wheelchair assistant! What a significant help that was! My brother and his lovely wife met us with gorgeous lei's in hand and swept us off to a wonderful lunch at Dukes Canoe Club on the beach, yum!
We got to our condo and were so delighted with the gorgeous accommodations we had, the grounds were tropical and lush and perfect for us! I was exhausted and we rested that evening to recover for the next day!
I was the tour guide, as Cindy had not been before to Kauai. We went to gorgeous beach in Poipu and did a bit of snorkeling and then headed off for the north shore (about 2 hours). The drive is spectacular and many points of interest along the way! I took Cindy to Ke'ee Beach where Pete and I were married and she loved it so much! (What's not to love)! Each day was wonderful sharing together the beauty many food stops together! We kayaked with my brother and SIL. Margie. Margie had been doing a week long seminar on facial release and had met some need friends that joined us. Margie announced that there is an incredible trail through the jungle to a waterfall off of the Wailua River, (the degree of difficulty was not discussed with me, just great)!My brother had not been on this hike and as it turned out, it was way to much of a challenge with my health issues to conquer. Nonetheless, stupid me, I tried to be a tropper, and it really was not worth it for me in the end, but what are ya going to do? I had to give it a go! The girls gathered around me, and did their energy thingie. it was quite surreal there in the jungle, but I was not budging off of my mossy rock! My dear brother stayed with me and we sent the others on to enjoy the waterfall. It was nice to sit in the jungle with my bro and chat! Very cool! So I chomped down an energy bar and prayed I would make it back to the boat! LOL!
Well in a nutshell, that was the end of my good days in Kauai! Luckily it was toward the end of the trip and I rested 1/2 days at the condo and then would go to the beach for lunch and dinner. I was done in and not in good shape ladies! We all knew (family & friends)that this could be a possibility for me as traveling and over doing takes it toll on me, which is a shame because I love to travel to cool places!
Now home 10 days, I am still quite weak and ill, trying to avoid the doctor for now! Today is the first time I could even think about making a card and posting! I feel so blessed that I made it to Kauai and did as well as I did even if it was for just 4 of the 7 days! Seeing my brother and his new home and spending time on the island with my best bud Cindy was worth it all!
I missed my blogging and seeing all of your gorgeous creations! Google reader is off the charts way over 1000, I will just have to start fresh I guess! Yikes!
Super hugs, and more pics coming! Thanks for stopping by and visitng me!


Crafty Connie said...

Welcome back, glad that you had a good trip.

ScrapMomOf2 said...

GREAT photos! Nice to SEE you! Sorry to hear that you constantly have health issues . . . sounds horrible. Glad you had a nice visit though with your brother and that you got to make the trip in the first place! Take care!

Rita said...

I'm so happy that you got to enjoy your time in Hawaii! You look great in the pictures & so happy to be there with your friend & family. Now make sure that you take care of yourself, that is the most important thing of all right now. Welcome back!

Alexandra said...

Hi sweetie!! I am so very glad that you had such fun visiting your brother and spending time with your BFF - you so derserved that! I am sorry to hear that you have been unwell, I worried that this might be a little much! Rest up Deb, I hope you feel better soon!

Marlou said...

welcome home DEB!!!!!!! xx delighted to see you back and that you enjoyed your trip. You look fabulous Deb!!! your photos are excellent. Just you rest up and take care of yourself, huge hugzz xx

Rose Ann said...

I love all of your photos and stories! Now you just keep resting up so you can feel better, okay?! Sending lots of hugs!!!

Debbie Olson said...

Loved your photos of paradise! Hope that you get some rest and recover from your trip soon. And I understand about that Google Reader. . . I haven't looked at mine for months because I got so far behind!

Denise~ said...

Wow, awesome trip! Thanks for sharing your photos. :)

DeStampin'Corner said...

Welcome back Deb! Glad you had a great time. Thanks for the great photos.

Fe-Fe said...

Gosh I've been so busy preparing for my new puppy to arrive, I hadn't realised you were back already. Sounds like you had a lovely time. Hope you are starting to recover now.

Thanks for sharing your photos some really great ones there.

Diane said...

Your pics are beautiful Deb,looks like you had a wonderful time,and I'm glad you did!!!

Jen - a "Spice Angel" said...

HI Deb,

Welcome back... I am so happy to hear that you got to do some of the fun things while being here - at least you got to enjoy the island and it's beauty. Although you had some health problems along the way, sure glad to hear that you were able to muster a little strength and had a wonderful time with your brother.... you are a trooper sister!!! I must say - you are a beauty as well!!!

Big Hugs n' Aloha,

Lynn said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Loved looking at your photos! I'm sorry to hear it took a bit of a tole on your health...I hope you have rested up and are feeling much better!