Friday, April 23, 2010

Out of the ocean and back to the snow!



What is it about sleeping in your own bed after being away? It just never feels so good. The sheets are perfect and the pillows fit in all the right ways. I'm happy to be home although I will miss the ocean, sand, and sea creatures of all kinds. We were lucky enough to see a few humpback whales, one with her baby, still in the protected bay where they have their calves before the long trek to Alaska. April is the end of the season with December through March being the best time to see them. My husband managed to see two sea turtles, but I had a leaking snorkel and missed that highlight.

Spending time near the ocean reminds me of all the reasons we have to fight to save them. Starting with using less plastic, which always seems to make it into our oceans, turn off our lights to help alleviate coal accidents on protected reefs, make sure we don't use chemicals on our lawns that eventually wash into the sea, and since there are many more, I'll save that for tomorrows post.

In the meantime, I am looking forward to catching up with all of you. I know I've missed a ton!

Mahalo


28 comments:

JC said...

Sounds like you had a good time in Hawaii.

Marguerite said...

Welcome home! Sounds like you had a wonderful time! The ocean always renews my spirit, too. Have a great weekend!

Sophia said...

Wow...I felt like I was almost there with your description. I'm ready for a holiday!! :)

Happy Friday.

Jeninacide said...

Yay! You're back!

Lori ann said...

mahalo to you too nancy, it's wonderful your mentioning these things- SO IMPORTANT. I'm so glad to hear you had a great trip, you've got me wistful.
aloha,
lori

DJan said...

Yes, I'm also glad you're back, and you have illustrated the reason we decided to retire on the coast: the ocean is just a wonderful part of our planet. Big hugs!

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Nice to have you back!

scarlethue said...

I'm glad you had a good trip!

leilani said...

oh boy i recognized that black lava rock! LOLOL... i hope the weather was good! Thats a beautiful picture!!

California Girl said...

Aloha! Welcome back.

Joanne said...

Welcome back. There's just nothing in life that compares to being near the sea. It just tunes you in to so much of life, doesn't it?

The Good Cook said...

Aloha and welcome back. You are so right about the ocean. Covering most of our planet it is worth our appreciation, admiration and protection.

Brian Miller said...

welcome back. welcome home. smiles.

Hilary said...

Welcome back.. though you're always just a click or two away. I'm glad you saw interesting sights and I'm looking forward to hearing all about it. :)

alaine@éclectique said...

Welcome back, Nancy! Surely the snow's gone by now? And you're right, there's nothing better than your own bed! Love your new avatar!

Friko said...

back to the snow? I hope not. It's Spring, in case you hadn't noticed or read the millions of blogs who shout it from the rooftops.

I sincerely hope that more and more people will realise how precious and vulnerable our environment is and how we absolutely have to be serious about looking after it.

ds said...

Welcome back! Humpback whales always make me smile--glad you were able to see them. Sorry about the snorkel, though.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

What an incredible privilege to witness the whales in their habitat...Welcome home! We missed you! Your upbeat and inspirational shoes can't be filled by anyone but you! Love you! Janine XO

lakeviewer said...

It must feel great returning home after a great vacation in warm weather.

luksky said...

Whales?? COOL!

CrazyCris said...

Hawaii? sea turtles? humpback whales with calves??!?!?!

I'm seething with jealousy right now!!!

but glad for you that you had such a great time! :o)

ellen abbott said...

So glad to have you back. I was thinking the other day that I was missing you. Oh yes, the first night back in your own bed is the best.

I did a rant on Earth Day about trash and plastic.

Amy said...

Nancy, Welcome home! It must have been sort of a shock to come home to more snow. I'm off to Portland tomorrow for my 4th visit this year - what can I say? Quality time with the Elliot!

I'll be anxious to read (and see) all about your grand getaway!

Cloudia said...

the sea turtles asked me to send you their regards!




Aloha from Waikiki


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Delwyn said...

Hi Nancy

it is nice to hear the sound of your voice again. I hope that you are rested and invigorated (I don't see those as opposites do you?)and look forward to hearing of your holiday tales...

Happy days

Natalie said...

:D ♥ xo

Jingle said...

nice to be home.
Happy Saturday!

gayle said...

Love to travel but it's great to get back in my on bed!!