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Cool Treat

Shave Ice

My 1st Time Eating Shave Ice (Photo by RSheridan)

Stopped for Another Food Truck (Photo by RSheridan)


The North Shore of Oahu

Adventuring & Exploring

Whale Watching

Went on a whale watching tour out of Haleiwa. I would have needed one heck of an expensive lens to get “that” picture of a whale, so sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the experience instead!

Catamaran Sail (Photo by RSheridan)

Out on the Water & Looking for Whales (Photo by RSheridan)

Pure ENJOYment (Photo by RSheridan)

Rogue Waves

The Calm Before the Storm (Photo by RSheridan)

The Pounding Surf & Waves (Photo by RSheridan)

A Rogue Wave came out of NOWHERE while walking the beach; talk about getting a drenching!

Chinaman’s Hat

Chinaman’s Hat (Photo by RSheridan)

Chinaman’s Hat Area (Photo by RSheridan)

Chinaman’s Hat Area (Photo by RSheridan)

Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort – Wyland Art (Photo by RSheridan)

Big, Beautiful Waves (Photo by RSheridan)


Pearl Harbor


We decided to revisit Pearl Harbor while on Oahu for vacation. We decided to do the FREE Option, which includes:

  • Access to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
  • The Exhibit Galleries:  “Road to War” and “Attack”
  • Other Interpretive Exhibits throughout the Facility (i.e. USS Arizona Bell)
  • The Remembrance Circle (a tribute to the men, women and children; both military and civilian, who were killed as a result of the attack on December 7, 1941)
  • View of the USS Arizona Memorial

A very somber and humbling experience as you walk the grounds and explore the exhibits. A great learning experience to learn more about this important part of U.S. history.

The U.S. Flag Waving In All Its Glory in the Remembrance Circle (Photo by RSheridan)

IMPORTANT Date in U.S. History (Photo by RSheridan)

Anchor from the USS Arizona (Photo by RSheridan)

Bell from the USS Arizona (Photo by RSheridan)

Aircraft Carrier in the Harbor (Photo by RSheridan)

Truly a Great Experience! Truly a Must See!

Valley Of The Temples Memorial Park

Hidden Gem

As a tourist you do not think that there would be a hidden gem within a cemetery, but there is in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. The Memorial Park is located on Oahu in Kaneohe. Founded in 1963 by Paul Trousdale. A beautiful place with gardens, mountain views and plenty of bird life. The Ko’olau Mountains are breathtaking!

The hidden gem is called The Byodo-In Temple. The Temple was built in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. The Temple is a non-practicing Buddhist temple that welcomes people of all faiths. You just want to soak up the beauty as well as the peacefulness and stillness of this place.

The Temple is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $3.00 for Adults, $2.00 for Senior Citizens and $1.00 for Children. Cash Only.

The Reflecting Pool (Photo by RSheridan)

The Artistry & Detail of the Meditation Hall (Photo by RSheridan)

As you explore the grounds it feels as though you stepped further into paradise and have a feeling of wanting to travel to Japan one day in the near future. I did not see any peacocks, but plenty of Japanese koi and a pair of black swans.

The Japanese koi (Photo by RSheridan)

The Pair of Black Swans (Photo by RSheridan)

The 1st stop was the Scared Bell House or Bon-sho. A 5 foot high, three ton brass bell – the scared bell. My other half decided to strike the bell with the wooden log (shu-moku) before heading to the Temple. The striking of the bell will bring you happiness, blessings and a long life. The tone of the bell was a unique experience and it helped me get to a place of calm and peace before entering the Temple. You want to cleanse your mind of temptation and evil.

The Scared Bell (Photo by RSheridan)

The 2nd stop was the Temple with the Amida Buddha who towers over 9 feet. The Buddha was created by the Japanese sculptor, Masuzo Inui. When in the Hoo-do or Phoenix Hall to see the Buddha take a look around and explore a bit. Also, look at the roof of the Temple where there are two Phoenix bird sculptures; ready to fly away. Remember to remove your shoes before entering the hall.

The Amida Buddha (Photo by RSheridan)

The Roof of the Temple with the Phoenix Sculpture (Photo by RSheridan)

Wide Shot of the Temple with Reflecting Pool (Photo by RSheridan)

Close Up Shot of the Temple (Photo by RSheridan)

Temple with Mountains (Photo by RSheridan)

Breathtaking, Beautiful Place to Really Be One With Yourself!!

Found IT

The Shrimp Shack

The Shrimp Shack Truck (Photo by RSheridan)

Prepare for Greatness!

Table Design – Cool! (Photo by RSheridan)


Pure ENJOYment! (Photo by RSheridan)

Need a Sign:  Stops for Food Trucks on the North Shore of Oahu!

Maui – 2nd Largest Island of the Hawaiian Islands

I visited Maui in 2000 for a work-related sales conference as well as some fun in the sun.


  • Stayed at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
  • Visited Lahaina
  • Drove the Road to Hana
  • Spouse did a sunrise bicycle ride at Haleakala (I wish I could have joined him – needed to be bright eyed and bushy tailed for conference sessions)


I know the Four Seasons has everything you ever wanted at a resort, but wanted to explore this beautiful island while there. One day we drove and explored the Road to Hana – it was an awesome experience – black sand beaches, waterfalls, rain forest, trees with rainbow-colored bark, beautiful vistas – breathtaking. We visited Lahaina and checked out the shops and restaurants – hip and happening town.


Oahu – 3rd Largest Island of the Hawaiian Islands

I visited Oahu in 2000 and it was a remarkable visit – still remember the highlights today.


  • Honolulu (Waikiki Beach & Diamond Head)
  • Hanauma Bay (some R&R & snorkeling – the Toliet Bowl)

Sea Turtle at Hanauma Bay

  • Pearl Harbor (USS Arizona Memorial) [side note – the Pearl Harbor movie was being filmed the day of our visit]
  • Kane’ohe Bay (some R&R & ocean kayaking)

Kane’ohe Bay – Mokoli’i (Chinaman’s Hat)

  • North Shore (stopped at the Turtle Bay Resort, saw the beach where Baywatch was filmed)
  • Polynesian Cultural Center (to explore and be part of a Luau)

Visiting Oahu was an amazing experience and lucky for me on this trip I had one more island to see, Maui.

U.S. National Parks

I have visited my fair share of National Parks throughout the years. I want to see Yellowstone in Wyoming and Zion, Bryce and Canyonlands in Utah. I have a few favorites, however; every experience is unique and lets you create your own experiences that will last a lifetime. Some experiences remind me of my childhood while other experiences remind me of the time spent there with my spouse. I have found a new passion in my life through traveling and hiking – landscape photography and now have found a passion for writing about my experiences.

There have been encounters with wildlife – bears, deer, coyotes, marmots, squirrels, lizards and a bat – yes a bat – a bat decided to roost on the outside of our tent trailer and we did not know it was there until we went to close up the trailer. Then we headed to The Redwoods and had our very first close encounter with a bear – one smelly bear with a lot to chuff about that bumped our trailer at 4 am – we did not request a wake up call but received one anyway!

Get out there and visit your parks – the adventures await and remain with you for a lifetime.

Squirrel in Yosemite trying to get a handout – SAY WHAT! No Trail Mix for Me! (Photo by RSheridan)

Yosemite (a favorite)
Redwood National & State Parks (had our 1st bear encounter here)
Alcatraz Island (another favorite)
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Lassen Volcanic National Park (Check Out the Bumpass Hell Trail – interesting, smelly and  expect  to be covered in white, gray dirt on the hike in and back)
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Devils Postpile National Monument
Point Reyes National Seashore (Gorgeous & the Cows make Great Cheese – mmmm)
Death Valley National Park (drove around it – would like to go back for an actual visit)

Crater Lake National Park (Water So Blue and an Island called Wizard Island)
Oregon Caves National Monument

Nevada and Arizona and Hawaii:
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (drove across the Hoover Dam – cool!)
Grand Canyon National Park (Majestic)
USS Arizona Memorial (an important part of American History)

Montana and Wyoming and South Dakota:
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument (Remember Close Encounters of the Third Kind movie)
Mount Rushmore National Monument
Badlands National Park

Arkansas and Tennessee and Florida:
Hot Springs National Park (the hot springs still run under the streets and most fountains have hot water coming out of them)
Great Smokey Mountains National Park (a favorite)
Everglades National Park (went on an air boat tour and there was a gator guarding the dock to the boat)

Travels Abound – Get Out There!!!

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