Whew, it has been an unbelievably crazy and busy month here in Hawaii, but a wonderful one. I had every intention of posting regularly on this blog while I was here, but I’ve been so busy with work that there just haven’t been enough hours in the day. My apologies. I am back guiding tours for the summer, and after three busy days of preparation in California, I flew to the Aloha State with two days to get things ready here before my first trip began. My first trip was a 10 day, 4 island blitz, and then with just one day in between to prepare I launched into an 8 day camping trip on the Big Island. Another one day turnaround and I am on another 3 island run. Hawaii is so different than what I’m used to as a guide because there aren’t a lot of long journeys as there isn’t a lot of distance to cover here. Our days are full of activities and beautiful sights and sounds and tastes, but it’s a lot to keep organized and moving forward. All three of my tours have been wonderful though, and I’ve really enjoyed them, and never fear - my camera has been snapping away furiously the whole time I’ve been here.
I do hope to get some of these photos edited and published in the next few weeks so I can show you how beautiful Hawaii is and all of the wonderful things I’ve seen here. I’ve definitely enjoyed myself. It’s also great to be back getting a regular paycheck and seeing my bank account go in the right direction again. I miss the solitude of the road and my personal journeys - both the outward and inward ones. I miss Shadow Catcher and the bed I have called home for the last year and a half. I miss publishing photos every week and interacting with you all. But I will get back to all of this when things settle down a little bit.
When I leave Hawaii later this week, I’ll be back to California and then on to Seattle, again with very little time to plan before heading off to the Rocky Mountains for a while which I’m also looking forward to. After my next trip I should have a few days to catch my breath, and I promise I’ll get you all caught up on where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to just as soon as I can. Until then, here are just the tiniest sample of some of the wonderful things I’ve been up to here in Hawaii. Until next time, know that I haven’t forgotten about y’all, and I’ll be back with you as soon as my schedule allows.