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|Subject: Re: Question for intercst||Date: 11/23/2009 10:46 PM|
|Author: telegraph||Number: 21785 of 76899|
"Tele, that was the best post you have ever written. I would enjoy more posts about your travels.
Well, I could tell you about the trip to Hawaii.......about 10 years ago..... in NOvember - after the summer tourists had gone home, before the winter tourists arrive. Best time.....
I needed to make radio contacts from the five Hawaiian counties......which means I needed to hit Molokai, Hawaii (the big island), Honolulu, and Kauai....
So I flew to Honolulu.....stayed at a hotel about 400 feet from the beach...easy quick walk...and the beach is public....so you can camp out wherever you want.....I was near Waikiki.
I had a rental car to get around, so I got out of the city (Honolulu is horribly crowded and horrible traffic jams. I went north to Haunama Bay - superb snorkeling and scuba diving there..... I had been scuba diving there 20 some years before on a very short trip there before. So just went skin diving. THe fish are six feet down.
Went up to the north end of the island .....and took a glider ride with young female pilot over the north end...that is where the 30-40 foot surf comes in during the winter...nothing going on but 6-8 foot waves. The glider pilots accumulate hours. You rent the glider by the hour, and the pilots get whatever you tip them. I guess when they get so many hours, they can go for higher ratings, etc. Nice hour long ride. Left nice tip of course.
The restaurants were 3/4 empty. The buffet place guy told me - that a month ago, the line was 500 feet long wrapping around the outside of the building. That day it was 10 feet long inside. Good time to go.
I met up with ham buddy on Oahu.....he worked for university there. we yakked a few hours.
Found some good places to operate on the ham radio....after seeing the sights (Pearl Harbor, the Bishop museum, etc) it was off to Kauai.
I checked in at the motel and Clarence, local county hunter, showed up. He and wife were tour bus drivers for Roberts- the largest tour bus operator in HI.....we went out to dinner. Naturally, he knew the island like the back of his hand....told me where to go, and most importantly when to go to avoid the hordes from the tour buses!....great..... so went sightseeing.
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