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Turkish Coast Go!

Turkish Coast Go!

        Boston Logan Airport, International Terminal, September 8, 2015, 11:07 pm I’m at the gate. Heather is tapping away on her iphone. We are flying to Istanbul in a few minutes to begin our scouting trip of…

Beach 69

Beach 69

The beaches along the Kona and Kohala coasts are numbered as well as named, but Beach 69 is most commonly referred to numerically. It’s a great little unassuming place, a pocket beach with soft sand and evergreen trees providing shade…

No Step. Jump.

No Step. Jump.

When we first considered Hawaii for a SwimVacation location, we assumed we would create a liveaboard¬† style trip on a yacht. Instead, it turned into a land based trip after it became obvious that there wasn’t a boat here that…

Squeak!

Squeak!

When you look at SwimVacation’s website, you won’t find a day-to-day itinerary for any of our trips. We usually have to make it up as we go along, ceding to the whims of the ocean. We scrapped our original plan…

Black sands White sands

Black sands White sands

This island makes you work a little before revealing its best and most beautiful features. There aren’t miles and miles of sandy beaches. The entry for this morning’s swim was a black sand beach at Kahaluu, but you can’t just…

Turtles Abound

Turtles Abound

We were looking out to the sea when they started jumping.¬† And spinning. Spinner dolphins. Will and Carter Thomas have joined us at our guide shack, and as we sipped iced Kona coffee, the dolphins put on an amazing show….

Ossian

Ossian

I mentioned in the previous blog post that Hawaii and I had some work to do, in that we haven’t always seen eye to eye.¬† Or volcano to eye, if you will. One of the reasons for this discord has…

5,066 miles

5,066 miles

Modern air travel is cool. I traveled 5,o66 miles today, from the edge of the Atlantic, across an entire continent, then part way across the Pacific. 18 hours door to door. Thanks to the direction of the earth’s spin, and…

Fun With Vowels

Fun With Vowels

Entering my third year of seasonal work on the Big Island of Hawaii, you’d think I’d be getting a grasp of the spelling and pronunciation of Hawaiian words. Not so. I confuse Kahaluu with Koloa. Hapuna with Pua. Ali’i with…