Thanks to all those that posted nice comments on my previous posts. I'm just trying to share a travel report for a couple that isn't here for a wedding or anniversary but WORK! And having some fun, too!
Today, my wife had to be at work at 8AM for a meeting so we we were up at 5:30 and went for a great walk down past the Disney property whose upper level lighting and roof structure resemble a cathedral or something majestic like that. Several people have told us we should try to go by and tour the property, at least the public areas as Disney does tend to do a nice job on their resorts. A big moon was up and we could hear the sound of crashing waves. As we walked we agreed this would be a good regiment to keep up when we get back home for any length of time (not likely). Something about turning 50+ and your clothes in the closet seem to shrink a bit! Can't be anything we are doing wrong I am sure!!!
After "a good stretch of the legs" as they said in "The Quiet Man" we were back in our blissful abode eating breakfast and surfing the very fast Internet connection that the Marriott has.
I took my wife to work and then headed back to the big M. and grabbed my camera gear and set out to get some pictures of all the pond and shore birds at the near by little lake along the golf course near M. Tower 2. As a semi retired former commercial photographer who took pictures of everything that you typically see in a magazine or Macy's catalog I enjoy shooting pictures of what I like to take now without suggestions from some kind of punk kid who calls himself an Art Director or Account Supervisor!!! I found a spot and hunkered down next to a tree to blend in and was soon shooting black swans, night herons, ducks and what my neighbors in Louisiana call a pouldeau, from French for "coot", poule d'eau - literally "water hen". After a while I moved to the next pond where I got great close up shot of what looked like a mallard family, mom and pop and 6 fuzzy ducklings. Funny thing about digital... I used to worry if I had enough film in my bag, now I just shoot and in no time I shot 300+ pictures that will get edited later.
Lunch time and I had a hankering for "poke" so I drove to Tanioko's in Waipahu just off of exit 7. What can I say, if you come here and really want a "local" meal experience come her and get in line! Parking took 10 minutes at 11AM as it is already crowded and when I got inside there were 20 + in front of me but the line moved steadily. I kept glancing at the poke display trying to get a feel for what to order but there are just so many choices! When I got to the counter I did get some really fresh Ahi fatty belly just to use for sushi in the next day or 2 and got 2 different pokes, 2 types of fish cakes (for immediate consumption in my car) and some gari (pickled ginger) for my sushi adventures later.
Headed back to the big M. and went down to Lagoon 4 for some really nice snorkeling and a chance to see some nice fish of all colors. I was able to knock a sea urchin loose from the rocks and break him open and soon had about 100 fish feeding in front of me. Hope that isn't illegal or anything but there seems to be no shortage of sea urchins so word to the wise for visitors to not blindly climb on the underwater rocks with out water shoes of some kind!
Miller Time came so I picked up my wife from work and we headed home for dinner. We had some really nice opah or moon fish for dinner. I marrinated it for a bit in a miso -sugar wine glaze and grilled it up medium rare. Also grilled some Lousiana Gulf oysters we got at Costco (frozen) but grilled them all the same with a healthy blob of garlic butter. Did you know that if you have fine grater you can grate cloves of garlic really fine? Topped with parsley, toasted bits of french bread nibbles and some finely chopped prosciutto. NICE!
Sorry for the long slog here, can't wait to get to bed as we plan to get up again and walk at dawn determined to shed a few pounds we may pick up at diner!