Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Monday, June 27, 2005
Friday, June 24, 2005
Last stop - Visit to LA
Visiting friends and family in LA. Mike and Julie were considerate enough to have Zack 3 weeks early, just so we could meet him ;)
Meeting Zack (1 day old) at the hospital
Catching up with Brenda
Spending time with Andrew's Cousins Don, Lily and their daughter Lynn and grand-daughter Allison
Mike and Julie on thier first outing with Zack
Friday, June 17, 2005
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Return to San Francisco
Another trip back to visit friends in San Francisco. This time we got to meet a few new additions!
Heuga and Abigail
Steve and Jack (a new All Black fan)
Mandy tanning her belly
Dave, Jeanine and Oliver
A sad farewell to Tina and Lennart - who are moving to Sweden (not on the annual mandrew vacation route)
Catching up with the Thompsons - these girls get more gorgeous every year
Back in the hood - Arlington Ave with Amelia
Kiera and Aidan
A great day on Angel Island with Wiggen, Jim & Janet
Friday, June 10, 2005
Cohens in Maui
Martin and Susan met us for a relaxing week on the beach in Maui.
Lunching by our beach
The view from our Lanai
Andrew with his bike, ready to ride down Haleakala Mountain (8000ft vertical) in 30mins
Andrew above the clouds, going about 30mph
Cohens by the Crater at the top of Haleakala Mountain (10,000ft)
Looking up to Haleakala Mountain - hard to believe it's 10,000ft
Mandy showing off her belly from the Lanai
Susan making friends with another Slovak, who was born on the same day as her!
On our snorkel trip to Molikini
The state fish of Hawaii - Humuhumunukunuku Apua'a
The last supper
Friday, June 03, 2005
Kayaking Kaua'i - Day 3
Our last day of paddling. We left paradise pretty early, just in case the surf came back up. We took our time paddling south down the coast, stopping for snorkelling, short hikes, swimming with turtles and whatever else took our fancy.
We had lunch at Nualolo Aina - a historic site, and got a guided tour by the crazy care-taker - lots of walls and terraces made out of rocks. Then did a little snorkelling inside the reef.
At afternoon tea (yes, it is all about food), we did an impressive beach landing (and re-launch) at Miloli'i - surfing in over the roughest part of the beach (with sharp black rock reef beneath us). We were getting pretty confident with the whole kayak/surf thing. We went for a hike up into the valley behind through long cutting grass, and finally got to our destination, a waterfall where we cooled off.
Our final paddle took us to Polihale the long sandy beach (our take out point). There were surfers out (never a good sign for kayakers) - but we were prepared.... We watched wiggen as he skillfully surfed his kayak in. We sat in what we thought was a safe spot, ready to start timing the waves - but we were too late and too close to shore, a massive wave was right on us, and we paddled hard to stay pointing forward and upright for awhile - until finally it dumped us and we were out!!! The most embarrassing part was that the guy from the kayak store was there to meet us, and he watched the whole thing! Our first capsize of the entire trip.
Snorkelling at Nualolo Aina
Heading through a big cave
In the lava tube
The lava tube
Swimming with Turtles
The waterfall (after our hike through long cutting grass)