Big Island of Hawaii

sea-turtleEmily and I honeymooned on the Big Island (BI) of Hawaii back in 1999. We are planning a return trip this year with Dan. The BI is so big that it can take quite a while to drive to the various points of interest.

We will be staying in Kona on the west coast of the BI. We plan to spend time in the Kona area snorkeling and just having fun. We hope to see some Hawaiian dance troops, and will probably attend a luau, as well.

We plan to drive down to Volcano National Park and hike some of the Kilauea Iki Trail. Emily and I did that back in 1999. The change in rain forest vegetation from the rim of the volcano crater down to the crater floor was spectacular. We will hopefully see lava flowing into the ocean, as well. (I don’t expect to get as close as the picture on this page.)

lava

Other possible excursions are

  • Waterfall sightseeing – Rainbow Falls, Akaka Falls (near Hilo)
  • Zip Lining – Umauma Falls (near Hilo)
  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (near Hilo)
  • Snorkeling and Beach time – Kailua Kona Coast (might try manta ray sunset snorkeling one evening)
  • Snorkeling and kayaking – Kealakekua Bay (Captain Cook Monument), Kapoho Tide Pools

We shall see what we end up fitting in.

How to Love With All Your Heart

Mom wrote this some years ago. I just uncovered my copy buried in a stack of paper and thought I would post it.

How to Love With All Your Heart

What do heart symbols make you think of? Have you ever wondered why a stylized heart would represent love? It seems to go back in time a very long way. Many primitive people thought emotions came from the center of the body where the heart is. We know better now, but we still use hearts as a symbol of love. Actually it may be a pretty good simile after all.

A real heart has four chambers. Freshly oxygenated blood comes surging into the heart’s left auricle and is pumped out by the left ventricle to meet the needs of the whole body. It comes back exhausted of oxygen into the right auricle and is pumped to the lungs by the right ventricle for a renewed supply of oxygen. Next it returns refreshed to the left auricle to continue on in a constant cycle.

If you think about it, love, too, has four major stages. The first (left auricle) is Caring. This is that warm feeling you have inside toward anyone or anything. The second (left ventricle) is Sharing. It’s how you express those feelings by giving something away: your time and efforts, material things, or just a sincere compliment or word of thanks or even a smile. The third stage (right auricle) is Repairing. This means taking responsibility, admitting mistakes, saying I’m sorry, and setting things right if you can. Sometimes clots appear at this point and cause dangerous obstructions in the flow of love. To continue, however, the fourth stage (right ventricle) is Forgiving and Forbearing. This means neither getting mad nor getting even. It means neutralizing and dumping grudges clear out of your system. Then of course, you’re ready to continue the constantly fresh surge of Caring and Sharing from your happy and healthy heart.

Marion Fowler

Back from Camp Kesem

Dan just got back from a week at Camp Kesem, Stanford Branch. He is pretty dirty and took pride in the fact that he only changed his socks once during the week. I think Emily is going to give him some Scotchbrite when he takes his shower tonight.

When asked if he had a favorite counselor, Dan answered that they all were. (Camp Kesem has one counselor to every two campers, so that’s quite a few favorites.)

Camp Kesem 2013

Busy Summer

This Summer promises to be a very busy time for Dan. Planned activities are:

  • Take a cruise ship from Los Angeles, California to Ensenada, Mexico, and back. Dan’s cousins, Molly and Caity will also be on the cruise, as will Emily and Kristin.
  • Travel with his Bloomer grandparents for a weekend in Las Vegas. I hear they are going to see a magic show among other things.
  • Spend a week at a survival camp. I think this is located in the Sonoma County hills, although I am not sure. Dan has read “My Side of the Mountain” and wants to try to live off the land. He will not be on his own, though. There are camp counselors and the campers will be divided into different survival guilds.
  • Spend a week at Camp Kesem, Stanford Group. This is a sleepaway camp in the Coastal Mountains where the camp counselors are all current Stanford students.

There will be other activities as well, such as summer day camps and field trips. I am envious. At least when Dan goes to Hawaii later this year, I will be going, too.

Carpal Tunnel

I never thought I would be susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome, but apparently I am. The tendons in my right wrist have been bothering me for the past few months. Nothing terrible, but I was experiencing pain on both sides of my wrist. Holding my wrist with my left hand helped alleviate the pain. Emily also has some carpal tunnel pain and has kept a pair of wrist braces at work. She brought those home today for me to try. I put the brace on my right hand and the pain immediately went away. Hurray!, I guess? 😕 Now I need to get used to typing while wearing a brace.

Scratch

Danny has been coding with the object oriented programming (OOP) environment called Scratch. It has sprites with motion controls and collision detection. He has programmed old favorites like Pong and breakout. He has looked at other peoples codes and added levels to games like Donkey Kong. Currently, he has coded a neat game that is applicable to his school work. He is working on his multiplication tables through the number 14. He has coded a Scratch application that not only helps him work on his memorization, but he also made it into a fun game by adding a second player. The game prompts each player to answer a different multiplication question. The player who types in the correct answer the fastest, wins.

You can find the game here.

Emily and I are impressed that Danny can take his day-to-day endeavors and turn them into something that is both helpful and fun on the computer. (Not to mention that he created the program from “scratch” in less than an hour.)

“I See Its Legs”

Last week we were driving to Lake Tahoe for a long weekend vacation. As we were heading up into the Sierras on Highway 50, Emily mentioned to Danny that the previous time we were in the Sierras was a year earlier in Yosemite Valley. She also mentioned that sometime during that trip, she tried to point out a mule deer hidden in a thicket. I was driving at the time, but I thought I saw it and commented that I could see its legs among the saplings. Emily thought that was very funny because the deer she had been talking about was lying down.

Anyway, as we progressed up Hwy 50 toward Tahoe, we got close to the South Fork of the American River. I commented how the water level was down pretty far for this time of year and asked Danny if he could see the river off to our right. He quickly answered, “Yes, I see its legs!”