Hawaii or Mars? See for yourself πŸ˜ƒ

Never have I visited a place that has looked like it does not belong on this planet, until now. Take a look at the Chains of Crater Road, located near the Volcano National Park: youtube.com/watch

It looks like another planet πŸ˜‚. Such otherworldly views that, if I had not traveled there and seen it for myself, I probably would not have believed it. What a magnificent place!

Turns out that this unbelievable place is a very popular hiking spot for locals and visitors. Almost seems like it should be on the old show: Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

Before traveling to Hawaii, I had no idea that places like these exist. It is a natural wonder surrounded by other natural wonders on the Big Island of Hawaii. You will totally be amazed if you should ever have the opportunity to visit this remarkable place.

Volcano πŸŒ‹ Vent – Stand Back!

Coming in hot on a a Monday! Hope that you have a wonderful week. Wanted to take the time to share a cool experience that I had viewing a volcano vent for the first time outside of Mount Kilauea😊. If you would like to see more, please check out the video: youtube.com/shorts/gtO1DzPQElE

As you can see from the video, the steam form the volcano is coming in very hot πŸ₯΅ so you most definitely have to stand back! What you may or may not be able to tell from the video is that it is so very cold around the volcano. That is why we are dressed like we are with hoodies, jackets etc.

It is hard to believe that you can experience cold in Hawaii, but surprisingly you can. The Big Island of Hawaii, in addition to the beautiful beaches and warm weather, also has mountains and higher elevations which contributes to the colder weather. When you visit Hawaii, expect to pack shorts and also jackets and hoodies 😊. This is totally based upon the type of experience you are looking to have.

I like to take it all in, so I pack for the beach and for visiting the mountains and volcanoes. You only live once, so why not πŸ˜‚. Makes for a lifetime of memories that you can share which makes your experience so much richer.

Carnival Cruise (Pre-Covid): Dance πŸ’ƒ πŸ•ΊπŸΎ Vibes

If you are in need of fun vibes, look no further than this video, which was taken on a Carnival Cruise back in the good old days prior to the pandemic: youtube.com/shorts/8YMW4STq5ag

Hard to believe that there were times like these, but these times actually existedπŸ˜ƒ. My sincere hope is that these times return soon. It is always good to reflect on good times especially during not so good times.

This video is just plain fun 🀩! This was part of the sail away celebration that Carnival was having, as we prepared to set sail to the Western Caribbean. Little did we know at the time, how much fun we would have visiting Costa Maya, Belize and Cozumel.

I encourage you, if you have not experienced a cruise or even if you have, to enjoy this type of experience once or again. Looking at this video, puts me mentally back on that ship, enjoying all of the sights and soundsπŸ˜ƒ

Fancy Like – Sailing ⛡️

Over the past couple of years, I have grown very fond of sailing. I went from never sailing prior to 2018 to sailing at least once a year. Sailing has a way of calming you as you are out on the sea.

One such voyage is captured here in the beautiful waters of Cabo San Lucas:youtube.com/shorts/wyuJsVzlVGw

The rock structure that you see (the one that looks like a finger) is called Neptune’s Finger and it is located in the Sea of Cortez which is the body of water captured in the video. Seeing views like these, even now, just blows my mind. Especially being this close to it, just amazes me.

During this trip I saw the world famous Cabo San Lucas Arch, Lovers Beach, Pathway to the Pacific etc. What a magnificent sailing trip this was. Cannot wait to go back! πŸ˜ƒ

Shower Vibes – Kalahari 😎

Nothing quite refreshes like water😎A shower always gets you going to start the day. Check out these shower 🚿vibes courtesy of Kalahari Water Parks and Resorts: youtube.com/shorts/NjaumWqTvS4

I have only visited this resort once but I can most certainly tell you, it will not be the last time. As the summer season is ending, it is the perfect place to go to hang on to summer for just a little while longer.

It happens to be the only indoor waterpark in Texas. So you can literally visit even when summer has come to an end. The waterpark vibes are still in effect. No sun β˜€οΈ, no problem😊.

This Kalahari location opened November 2020 and on this particular day this past summer, it was packed with other fun seekers like myself. If you are a fellow fun seeker, you will enjoy this waterpark and resort!

Life is a Beach πŸ–πŸ˜ŽπŸ™Œ!

Life is totally a beach πŸ– or something like that πŸ˜‚! If you have never seen a black sand beach, here is is: youtube.com/watch

This particular beach is called Punalu’u Beach and it is located on the Big Island of Hawaii between the towns of Pahala and Naalehu in Kau.,If you have seen other blog posts of mine before, I have referenced this particular beach before. The cool thing about black sand is that it is very cool to the the touch. This is mainly due to the minerals that are found in the sand. Hard to believe that black sand is cooler to the touch than white sand πŸ˜ƒ

From the video you can tell that it was pretty windy outside. It was a great combination between the nice breeze and the warm (just right) temperature that we experienced on that day. Made for a wonderful day to be outside for sure!

Hopefully you will enjoy this video and as always, if your travel plans take you to the Big Island of Hawaii, make your plans to visit this beautiful beach. You will be glad that you did 😊

Views for days – All AboardπŸ˜ƒ!

If you never have been onboard a Carnival Cruise, feel free to take a (pre-pandemic) look at what it is like: youtube.com/shorts/Z3G45L80oDQ

Cruises are just so much fun😎 If you have never cruised before, do yourself a favor and do so, if only once! If you have cruised before, you know the feeling of relaxation that you get from being on a cruise. Unlike anything that I have personally experienced before.

On this particular cruise, we were our way to the Western Caribbean where we spent time in Costa Maya, Belize and Cozumel. As you can see from the locations listed, a cruise enables you to see these beautiful locations all in one trip. Otherwise, you would have to book separate trips to each one.

Of course this was pre- pandemic 😷 so things would likely have changed since this time. I plan to cruise again next year and I am definitely looking forward to it. Hope to see you on a future trip!

Smooth Views – Sea of CortezπŸ˜Žβ˜€οΈπŸ’¦

Check out these smooth views – courtesy of the Sea of Cortez in Cabo asan Lucas: youtube.com/shorts/hloCjJZ5aNQ

Can you believe how beautiful these views are? They are just spectacular πŸ˜€πŸ™Œ! I still cannot believe that I was on that tour. So thankful that I captured videos and pictures on my phone from the trip.

Places that you go, you are just amazed by the beautiful world that we live in. This is certainly one of those places. You wish that you could teleport back to the tour at any time just to relive it one more time. By far, the best sailing ⛡️ trip that I have ever taken.

Travel truly is the only thing that you buy that makes you richer. You are so much richer from an experience of this kind and from travel of any kind. It broadens your mind and blows you completely away at the same time. Funny how it does that πŸ˜€πŸ™Œ

Sailing to the Cabo ArchπŸ˜ƒβ›΅οΈβ€οΈ!

What a ride this was sailing to the world famous Cabo San Lucas Arch. Check this out and make sure to hold on: youtube.com/shorts/N8DQNLounrY

As you can tell from the video, we navigated some very tough water in order to arrive at our destination. This Glass Bottom boat tour was booked on Trip Advisor and it was excellent! This tour not only takes you to the Cabo Arch but allows you to see other sights along the way: Neptune’s Finger, Lovers Beach etc. I highly recommend choosing this tour should your travel plans take you to Cabo San LucasπŸ˜ƒ.

The Arch itself is an awesome wonder. It was well worth the rocky, choppy seas to arrive at this beautiful location. The video provides but a glimpse of this magnificent wonder but the in person view will leave quite an impression! You will definitely want to come back for sure.

Hope that you enjoy the video. It is actually longer but I have edited it to capture the great parts πŸ˜‚!

Never Forget – 9/11 Tribute

Always important to remember those times that changed you forever. 9/11 is one of those days. I just posted a video commemorating the 20 year anniversary on YouTube: youtube.com/watch

Hope that you enjoyed the video as much as I enjoyed making it. I will always remember when and where I was when these tragic events happened. It is truly hard to believe that it has been 20 years. We have all changed and our world has not been the same since that fateful day.

I am reminded of the unity that was felt during those times. I am so hopeful that we all return back to those times and see one another as fellow Americans first, rather than by political party, vaccinated/unvaccinate etc. Hopefully better days ahead – we will never forget 😒