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|Subject: Re: Question for intercst||Date: 11/23/2009 10:46 PM|
|Author: telegraph||Number: 21785 of 87185|
"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