Thursday, November 13, 2008


haleakala 10,000ft maui, hawaii. does the landscape remind you of anything whippet man??

running trail on hawaii. how scenic!! the tiny bit of green on the left is the $400/round golf course.

volcano rock graffiti

got back on the weekend from 10 days in lovely hawaii.
7 days on maui then 3 on hawaii ('the big island').
(all ATO people please note) official visiting reason was 'work conference'.
glad a friend of mine got me into this wilderness medicine thing: conferences in colorado (week after hardrock), hawaii/mexico (dive) and utah for those who like skiing (not me).

* watched sunrise at haleakala (10,000ft) on maui. though at 7 degC i knew i shouldve brought more than 1 jumper with me to hawaii. this dampened the romanticism of it a tad.
* arriving at the big island in 'VOG': volcanic smog. driving to the hotel from the airport i got the impression that the whole island was a series of roads on volcanic rock. didnt see a single shrub or tree until the next day when we drove around the whole 'big island' and there is plenty of greenery elsewhere.
* the place we stayed at in TBI. absolutely fantastic. the 'hayman island' of the US. unbelievably had a pool with eagle rays (sounds like ray james) and heaps and heaps of fish in it. never snorkled at a hotel before! and turtles swam just outside the front. glad we paid for this place months ago before the dollar hit 65 US cents tho!!
* hearing the medical guy from hawaii ironman speak. he asked how many in the audience were endurance athletes - 20% put there hands up. then asked how many have done an ironman (of course he had!) - noone. then asked how many wanted to - noone. then rather cheekily started calling us pussies. i was thiiiiiiiiiiis close to putting my hand up and quoting my friend tim 'triathlon is for people who cant run the distance' but thought better of it ;)
* incidentally i was thinking what a great place the big island would be for an ultra or big AR and then found out about this:
hawaii is just too nice a place to not go 'off road' on. ironman? what where they thinking?? :)
* was interesting to be there during the election. never knew that they held all elections on the one day: 1st tuesday on november. this includes state and local/council.
* also have 'referendum' type questions in most states: gay marriage, gay adoption and abortion were a few things up for voting. anna bligh should take note if this with repect to daylight savings in queensland. ...but then again maybe its too controversial ;)
* although we didnt see any 'obvious sign' of a recession hotel occupancy rates were apparently down 15-20% as are local sales (from last year). US unemployment is 6.5% as it tipped to top 10%. general motors is going broke. when the US stop buying fricking huge cars you know the economy is in trouble. strap yourselves in people if you havent already.
* it still amazes me how insular americans are: they were gobsmaked when they found out australia has been metric since 'before i was born'. they playfully suggested that only the US and liberia werent metric. my response: i think liberia went metric last year. youre the only ones. wasnt in a playful mood ;) the world news in the paper has the first 2 stories on something happening in the US and the 3rd in mexico.
and yes, africa is a continent (sorry - sarah palin joke, couldnt help it).

and why do i find lying on a beach for 10 days so damn tiring? :D


Blogger Tesso said...

Didn't realise you'd been away also (just back from Tie Land myself).

Hope you wore your 30+ on the beach!!!!

Looking forward to catching up at CR drinkies.

9:52 PM  

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