The Road Taken

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The challenge this week reminds me of one of the multiple trips we took to Maui. We always rent a Jeep to drive around. My husband loves to go on the Road to Hana. The previously drives were enjoyable. He doesn’t mind driving through the narrow unpaved part of the Road with the cliff on one side. Somehow during this one trip, the drive turned out to be different.

We started out in a sunny afternoon, enjoyed the ocean and the cliff scene. When the road turned narrower with thick trees, it started pouring rain. The rain was so heavy that the windshield wiper didn’t go fast enough to show a view of the road. We knew that we had not yet passed the point with single lane and no visibility of the oncoming cars. Drivers use honking, and caution driving to get through. Sometimes one car has to find a tiny shoulder to stop and let the other car go by. We worried about the safety to go through that part of the road in the rain. I looked at the map and tried to estimate the distance behind us and how much further we would have to go. It looked like we were in the middle. Turning around was as hard as going forward. We knew that the hardest part of driving was coming up; there should be a town after that. My husband decided to keep going. I was sitting tight, praying for safety. Fortunately, we passed the “no visibility” point before dark. Then we drove in the dark until we got back to the condo.

As soon as we saw the smoke from the sugar cane factory, we knew our condo was very near (the sugar cane factory photo was taken during the day).

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken

Weekly Photo Challenge – Repurpose

We frequently take our vacation in Maui, Hawaii. Maui is not a big island. We could casually go around the island in a few days, and still have plenty of time to walk on the beach and watch the sunset everyday. We got married on Makena Beach, so we visit that beach on every trip. Makena is not a sand beach, it has a lot of lava rocks instead. From Makena, we like to get on the Road to Hana. As soon as we get on the road, we could see the lava rocks on both side of the road. The local people were creative, they repurpose the lava rocks into walls for construction, protection, or decoration.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Repurpose

Weekly Photo Challenge – New Horizon

There is a story about a little boy who lived in a village. One day he climbed the tree all the way to the top. To his surprise, he saw the ocean and could see all the way to the horizon. What a sight that changed his life!

Our mental ability is powerful beyond our imagination. As we gain new knowledge and insight, it brings us to a whole new horizon of the outlook of life.

When we traveled to different countries, we looked out to the ocean, new horizon came into sight.

Alaska

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 San Clemente and Newport Beach, California

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Maui, Hawaii

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Key West, Florida

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Port Douglas and Bandi Beach, Australia

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Weekly Photo Challenge: New Horizon

–  Photos by Miriam Hurdle

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Beach Wedding

It was simply a beach wedding without human audience. The officiator, the sky, the clouds, the ocean, the trees, the lava rocks, and the sand, were our witnesses. It happened in Maui, Hawaii twenty some years ago. We wanted to have a beach wedding. We then came back home to have our reception at a hotel for all of our family and friends.

During the last twenty some years, we went back to Maui several times, visited the same beach to refresh our memory, and renew our vows to each other.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge: Simply