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Black Sand Beach Punalu'uBlack Sand Beach Punalu'u

Black Sand Beach Punalu'u : We had been told that the black sand beaches of Hawaii were a rarity that was something to absolutely see. It is near mile marker 55 that we turned and discovered a freshwater pond with some bathing ducks behind the rich black sand beach which consisted of pulverized lava! Palm trees rose from the sand ...

Mind If I Smoke?Mind If I Smoke?

Mind If I Smoke? : This is not a morning shot before the sun rises in FLorida; it's not a twilight shot after the sun has set…this is about 3 in the afternoon! The Florida Forrestry Service was performing controlled burns in Ocean Pond Park and they had set fires to remove unwanted growth from the forest. There was no ...

Thurston Lava Tube EntranceThurston Lava Tube Entrance

Thurston Lava Tube Entrance : The Thurston Lava Tube is a popular tourist attraction and when we had finished our hike we stopped to see the famous underground lava tunnel. Bring a good flashlight because just off the main lava tube is a gated cave that you are free to walk down but it is pitch black without lighting like ...

Florida

Oahu Waikiki CaterpillarOahu Waikiki Caterpillar

Oahu Waikiki Caterpillar : We encountered this pretty creature at Diamond Head Crater. DD More Hawaii pictures in our Hawaii Photo Gallery

Kauai Keahua Arboretum Colored Tree SkinKauai Keahua Arboretum Colored Tree Skin

Kauai Keahua Arboretum Colored Tree Skin : This is not a painting, it really is the skin of a tree in the Arboretum. It took a while to finally put a name on that tree and thanks to a Blackberry web add, we finally have: It's a Rainbow Eucalyptus. Beautiful and surreal. More Hawaii pictures in our Hawaii Photo Gallery

Walt Disney World – Animal Kingdom – Maharaja Jungle Trek – BatsWalt Disney World - Animal Kingdom - Maharaja Jungle Trek - Bats

Walt Disney World – Animal Kingdom – Maharaja Jungle Trek – Bats : I thought these bats looked like our sable Burmese cat Jasper! More WDW pictures in our Walt Disney World Photo Gallery

WDW – Hollywood Studios – DD at the News StandWDW - Hollywood Studios - DD at the News Stand

WDW – Hollywood Studios – DD at the News Stand : I just can't help it, I'm addicted to news! All we watched at the resort was the Weather Channel! Give me that paper! More WDW pictures in our Walt Disney World Photo Gallery More DD & Mama D WDW pictures in our DD & Mama D Walt Disney World Photo Gallery

Walt Disney World – Animal Kingdom – Africa – Kilimanjaro Safaris – GiraffeWalt Disney World - Animal Kingdom - Africa - Kilimanjaro Safaris - Giraffe

Walt Disney World – Animal Kingdom – Africa – Kilimanjaro Safaris – Giraffe : The Giraffe in the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride were so beautiful and they were not afraid of us, they just didn't mind us. They ate their leaves and looked pretty! More WDW pictures in our Walt Disney World Photo Gallery

Red-crested Cardinals & Dr. DoolittleRed-crested Cardinals & Dr. Doolittle

Red-crested Cardinals & Dr. Doolittle : DD has a chat with the little red-headed rascals! They are trying to convince her she should give up some of her Maui chips but DD is telling them that the high level of cholesterol is not good for birds! These little Red-crested Cardinals danced around us as if they were glad to see ...

Public PottyPublic Potty

Public Potty : Driving on Saddle Road from Hilo towards Waimea we passed huge black lava fields that had once upon a time been flowing liquid lava but were now just desolate areas of emptiness. As we drove the winding Saddle Road we suddenly came to a Johhny On The Spot that literally was like an oasis on the horizon ...

WDW 2011 – HS – Beauty & The Beast – Beast TransformationWDW 2011 - HS - Beauty & The Beast - Beast Transformation

WDW 2011 – HS – Beauty & The Beast – Beast Transformation : This is one of the few good pictures I have of the show because my camera doesn't like movement. Beauty and the Beast was my favorite show. More WDW pictures in our Walt Disney World Photo Gallery More DD & Mama D WDW pictures in our DD & Mama ...

Zebra Dove of HawaiiZebra Dove of Hawaii

Zebra Dove of Hawaii : These blue eyed birds reminded us of the Mourning Doves we saw back home! We saw many of them in O'ahu and thought they might be considered some sort of local pidgeon but since they looked so familiar we had no choice but to say hello to them! They are also known as the Barred ...

Sunset Surfer at Waikiki BeachSunset Surfer at Waikiki Beach

Sunset Surfer at Waikiki Beach : The sunsets in Hawaii are phenomenal and as we finished our supper in Waikiki we took a walk along the beach. The warm evening meant many surfers were out riding the waves and the sun dropped to the horizon and set the sky on fire! It was just amazing! DAMI More Hawaii pictures in our ...

WDW – Animal Kingdom – Conservation Station – Cutie 1WDW - Animal Kingdom - Conservation Station - Cutie 1

WDW – Animal Kingdom – Conservation Station – Cutie 1 : He's such a cutie! More WDW pictures in our Walt Disney World Photo Gallery More DD & Mama D WDW pictures in our DD & Mama D Walt Disney World Photo Gallery

Walt Disney World – Animal Kingdom – Jungle Trek – BantengWalt Disney World - Animal Kingdom - Jungle Trek - Banteng

Walt Disney World – Animal Kingdom – Jungle Trek – Banteng : This one was a bit far. More WDW pictures in our Walt Disney World Photo Gallery

WDW 2011 Magic Kingdom – Adventureland – Pirates of The Caribbeans FlagWDW 2011 Magic Kingdom - Adventureland - Pirates of The Caribbeans Flag

WDW 2011 Magic Kingdom – Adventureland – Pirates of The Caribbeans Flag : The black flag of The Pirates of The Caribbeans… Nobody in 2011 would ever want to see pirates while vacationing on a sail boat in the Caribbeans… They will rape and kill your wife / sister / mother, take all your money and ruin your beautiful blue ...

WDW 2011 – East Bus Depot – Magnolia TerraceWDW 2011 - East Bus Depot - Magnolia Terrace

WDW 2011 – East Bus Depot – Magnolia Terrace : Our building was right behind the East Bus Depot. Even though at night it was the last stop, it was a perfect location. It was pretty quiet (except at 6 am when kids would run in the outside hallway, stomping their feet) and buses were never full. More WDW pictures in ...

Spam MusubiSpam Musubi

Spam Musubi : The Spam Musubi picture was taken through the window of L & L Hawaiian Barbecue in Waimea. We had been searching for this elusive spam delicacy ever since we heard of the popularity of Spam in Hawaii. We actually heard advertisements on our car radio for Spam being served at McDonalds! When we finally saw this ...

Napali Coast Trail HikeNapali Coast Trail Hike

Napali Coast Trail Hike : We parked at Ke'e Beach off of Ha ena State Park and put on our hiking boots and grabbed our poles for what was to be one of the most incredible hikes we found on Kauai! The Na Pali Coast State Park has an 11 mile trail along the steep walls of the coast ...

Walt Disney World – Animal Kingdom – Africa – Kilimanjaro Safaris – Pink FlamingosWalt Disney World - Animal Kingdom - Africa - Kilimanjaro Safaris - Pink Flamingos

Walt Disney World – Animal Kingdom – Africa – Kilimanjaro Safaris – Pink Flamingos : I like this picture of the flamingos and another bus. More WDW pictures in our Walt Disney World Photo Gallery

Walt Disney World Rides – Epcot Center

I hope you get the chance to go one day. It is a great experience. I recommend going in the low season, using the fast pass system and maybe getting a book to plan your stay. Pack light, have sunglasses for when you come outside in the bright sun from a dark movie ride. Bring a vest or something you ...

WDW 2011 – East Bus DepotWDW 2011 - East Bus Depot

WDW 2011 – East Bus Depot : The sheltered East Depot has enough space to shake your umbrella! It has some benches to sit while waiting to sit again (if you're lucky!) in the bus to wherever park you are going to. January is usually not too busy and there are plenty of seats on all the buses. More WDW pictures ...

It's a Plastic Tube!It's a Plastic Tube!

It's a Plastic Tube! : Yes, another free souvenir from South Point Beach, freeing the most polluted beach in the world from another piece of plastic. The Plastic comes from all the countries and boats on the Pacific. Remember, if you ever drop something from a boat and you happen to be in the Pacific, don't worry, you will find ...

Breakwater at Fernandina BeachBreakwater at Fernandina Beach

Breakwater at Fernandina Beach : At the North end of our walk down the white sands of Florida's Saint Fernandina beach we came to a large rock breakwater protecting the pier. We crawled over the rocks and watched the flocks of birds scoot along the shore looking for food, occasionally swooping into the sky when anyone got too close. The ...