Top 5: Roads for Cruisin’

I am a big road trip fan, and I always need to be the one behind the wheel (except when driving a manual transmission in Italy – thanks Katie for taking on that job!).

I’ve done a few gorgeous road drive in my day, and I am going to attempt to pick my mostest favoritest ever.

This is going to be hard.

5. Highwood Pass – Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada

I’ve been back and forth on this road a billion times, it feels like. I know it like the back of my hand, I suppose! It was all those early morning and late night drives in search for the perfect grizzly bear to observe.

4. Rogers Pass – TransCanada Highway in B.C., Canada

I didn’t expect much on my way to Revelstoke, B.C.. But this pass was absolutely breathtaking. The wildflowers were the most colourful and widespread I had ever seen!

I wasn’t able to stop and capture my own photo!

3. Going to the Sun – Glacier National Park: Montana, U.S.A.

I’ve completed this drive 3 times now, and I will never, ever get sick of it. It would really be nice to drive it some day when I can actually see the sun peeking through the gloomy clouds. Still – jaw-dropping beauty with all the glaciers, pine trees (ohhh the smells!), and mountain goats.

2. Amalfi Coast – Italy

Zing – jaw dropping scenes and those crazy little towns like Positano hanging off the side of those sheer rock cliffs. Sure, I would move there though!

1. Road to Hana – Maui, Hawaii, U.S.A

WOW – the views! At one spot, there was a very unique tiny town that sold the best banana bread and shave ice. The volcanic rocks and huge crashing waves there were amazing! Once in Hana, we noticed that it was getting late in the day and we had to turn right back around. I was kicking myself for not booking a room there to spend the night (they were full). Try to keep your windows open when you pass the eucalyptus trees – wow! Wow. WOW!

Honourable mentions to Beartooth Highway, the Canadian gold rush route through the Fraser Canyon, the drive from Vancouver to Whistler (Sea to Sky highway), and any driving we did in Italy and Hawaii – there wasn’t a dull scene anywhere!

 

Photo of the Week – The Hawaiian Flounder

I had a free pass to the Maui Ocean Center a few years ago, so I decided to pop by to see what was happening in the world of Hawaiian fish.

It was quite entertaining and colourful, that’s for sure!

Garden Eel - so strangely funny!

Another reason for going there was to learn a bit more about the sea life I might encounter when I was set to go snorkeling the next day.

I really loved the garden eels, but also this little flounder seemed quite cool as well!

Aside from these quirky little guys, the hammerhead shark – my all-time favorite shark was the ultimate spot. They were all over the place! Just glad I didn’t bump into them while snorkeling.

Not The Little Mermaid styles - that's for sure!

Photograph of the Day – Hawaii

Lahaina, Maui, what a spectacular view. I was lucky enough to be able to gaze at this backdrop every morning, while enjoying a nice cup of Kona coffee. What a way to feel relaxed!

Lahaina on the beach

 

Photo of the Day – Black sand puppy

This photograph was taken in Hawaii in the summer of 2009, when I was taking a strenuous, difficult, slave-esque type course on the big island. Seriously, trekking through the gorgeous backdrop of Hawaii while studying the geoscience behind the islands was just so, so terrible….

When visiting a black sand beach (on Maui), I came across this dog, just enjoying the sun, surf and snacks.

Maui

Hawaii Five-O…Part II

I haven’t talked very much about my trip to Hawaii that I traveled to 3 summers ago. It was absolutely spectacular, amazing, breath-taking, awe inspiring…

Lava slipping onto the road...

Maybe I don’t talk about it much because I secretly want to pick everything up, and move there and then never leave.

Anyway……the tv reminded me about my trip from August 2009. Why?

Well, CSI used to be my favorite show, back in the day when I actually watched tv.

A few things made me switch on my television, after a long summer hiatus:

1. Now that it’s fall again, there are new shows that seem interesting.

2. I don’t want to constantly be outside as much, when its so cold and constantly raining.

3.  I discovered the ‘on demand’ option with my cable, and it is easy to access most tv shows when I want to!

4. I was bored.

And as a result, I have been watching several pretty awesome tv programs.

For some reason, my ‘on demand’ program promoted the new tv series (I guess it’s in it’s second season), the NEW Hawaii Five-O.

So I watched the first episode….then the second. It is goooood.

Why?

#1 the scenery – sigh, I miss Hawaii. Even though it is mostly filmed in O’ahu, one island that was just great, (but not spectacular*), the scene is set.

*pssst – Honolulu is actually a quite amazing city, but I am talking about Hawaii in a geoscience, natural point of view. Honolulu was such a great city to visit, can’t wait to go back there, but other islands (Maui, Kauai, and most importantly, the Big Island), have more appeal to my interests.

#2 the story – CSI. Should I say more? It’s the same thing. Why isn’t it CSI Honolulu? Ok, maybe not fair, since I have only seen 2 episodes.

#3 the actors/actresses – one from ‘Lost’, one from teen movies (forget his name, but he is entertaining), one from a secret show I used to occasionally watch (don’t laugh): Battlestar Galactica.

#4 I teach about Hawaii every year in my class. I have to talk about it all the time, and daydream about how fascinating creation process led to a series of islands slowly popping above sea-level from a hot-spot beneath the earth. Want the lesson? I’ll gladly teach you.

Me thinks it’s time for me to stop watching this show. The desire to pick up everything and run to Hawaii is too great. Can’t-stop-no-resistance-10-hour-flight-volcanoes-hiking-seafood-mountains…..sigh.

Observatories on the Big Island