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Discussion: Best conference prep I ever did...

in: BigWillyStyle; BigWillyStyle > 2019-01-25

Jan 26, 2019 12:55 PM # 
cmpbllv:
...was on the beach in Hawaii. Very serious business. Tough duty, but someone had to do it.

Enjoy every minute! And I hope you fare better than Jon does with the weather. We have a running family joke that all he has to do is show up, and it immediately becomes uncharacteristically miserable (really hot or torrential downpours).
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Jan 30, 2019 4:36 AM # 
BigWillyStyle:
Ha! Thanks, it was a great time and the weather was excellent.
Feb 1, 2019 12:35 AM # 
cmpbllv:
Anna would ask if you saw any geckos...
Feb 3, 2019 9:54 PM # 
bubo:
...or snakes? But maybe there are no snakes in Hawaii...?
Feb 4, 2019 2:24 AM # 
BigWillyStyle:
Haha, geckos, yes. They seemed hard to catch, but Anna is very skilled.

Something I learned about Hawaii when I was there is that there are absolutely zero snakes in Hawaii. Not only that, they also have mongooses there as added insurance.

In related news, I will be moving to Hawaii.
Feb 4, 2019 11:54 PM # 
cmpbllv:
Madagascar Day Gecko. Beautiful - great sighting. But yes, Anna was sad about no snakes.

You're moving to Hawaii? Seriously? Where? Wow!

We thought about trying to get stationed there while in the Army, but it never worked out. I would have been a bit worried about island fever, although I would have probably been more into triathlons than I was back in the day in WA, and there is some superb hiking. Another drawback is the serious lack of O maps, but some pretty technically interesting terrain in places...Jon and I scoped out some areas while visiting Hawaii Volcanoes Nat'l Park that would have made for some interesting O. Then again, some of the places we scoped out have been seriously rearranged since last year...
Feb 5, 2019 6:50 PM # 
BigWillyStyle:
Haha no, I'm not really moving to Hawaii.

Yeah I noticed some areas on Oahu that could also be interesting. Having not been to Hawaii before I was surprised by the massive variations of climate and vegetation in such a small area; the east side of the island is more lush than the densest PNW rainforests, while the west side (where we were staying) is almost desert-like and could be a stand-in for the Columbia River Gorge or Fishtrap.
Feb 7, 2019 5:59 PM # 
cmpbllv:
Ok. Whew! Although actually, I could see you totally going native there and being very happy. But it would be SO different...

My sister-in-law grew up on Oahu, and I like the side that is away from everyone else. We'd only been to Oahu until this last trip to Hawaii and Maui. I think if there's a next time, it will probably be to the less touristy spots.
Feb 11, 2019 5:52 AM # 
BigWillyStyle:
Oh nice, yeah I enjoyed staying over there as opposed to the Vegas-ness of the Waikiki side. More interesting to see a bit of the "real" Hawaii. I can provide some recs for your next time!

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