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Friday, February 24, 2012

Doggies and Duke’s

In case you thought I was kidding about the unchanging breakfast in yesterday’s post, here’s this morning’s fare. Dang we’re predictable…
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The girls had the chance to do another volunteer shift at the animal shelter today and didn’t want to skip it even for pool time. So we got dressed in real shoes this morn and headed on over. The dogs were ecstatic to see Ro and Ree holding leashes.IMG_1333LR

I wanted to take this little sweetie home in my suitcase. I hope he finds a home really soon.
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Afterwards we went in search of lunch and ended up at the Marriott resort. Whoooeeee, that place is just stunning. IMG_1355LR

I snapped a quick family pic in one of their enormous mirrors. I think it might be the first pic this trip of the four of us together? Whoa, the girls look awfully tall in this shot. Let’s just call it a trick mirror, because there is no way my babies are that big. 
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They gave us a pager at Duke’s Barefoot Bar and we plopped down in the sand to wait for our table. Gee, what a hardship to sit and stare at this:IMG_1362LRIMG_1363LR

The view from the table was just as nice. I think this has been the best food view so far.
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Why yes those are lava flows and POG juices. Thank you very much.IMG_1372LR

This funny character instinctively recognized that Ro and Ree are both softies and rule breakers (a rare combo) and moseyed right up to our table for some illicit tortilla scraps. He didn’t go away hungry…
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I was stuffed and could barely move after my delish fish sandwich and multiple lava flows, but the girls were still perky enough to dance all the way to the car.
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By the way, after fighting incredibly loudly over scraps of paper and leaves (really), I look over in the parking lot on the way to the car and catch them doing this:
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Whatever… Oh, that reminds me, I also got a picture of these pine trees in the parking lot. They’re all over the island and look like Dr. Seuss trees. Anyone know what they are? Just love these wacky things.IMG_1350LR

PS: One funny story from yesterday that TubaDad just told me. Ro was dying to get this big, expensive crystal tree in one of the stores and TubaDad said “Ok, I’ll buy you that one and then hang on to it for the rest of the trip and give it to you if you don’t fight with your sister.” Without missing a beat she grabbed a smaller one and said “How ‘bout I get this one instead?”

26 comments:

  1. Courtney in Crete2/24/2012

    They're either Norfolk Island or Cook Island pines - I can't remember which. Maybe Kauai has both? I think they're very closely related, anyway.

    I'm going to Kauai in July with my family and I admit I haven't been looking forward to it because after we set the dates with my entire family we realized my husband can't go. Your posts about Kauai (an island I've been visiting every other year or so since I was a baby) are making me a little more excited about our trip. (But I'm still grumpy that my husband can't go.)

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    1. That would make me grumpy too, everything is just so much easier with your husband around. When we first booked this trip we only had enough miles for 3 tix, so we booked the girls and I and trusted that TubaDad could get on the same plane a week later when he got the additional miles we needed. Nope! Our flight was sold out. Nearly had a heart attack, but kept calling them and eventually one seat opened up.

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  2. Ha! Funny story about the crystal tree. I am really enjoying reading your posts each day and the pics that go along with them. Have I said that already? And yikes, they really do look tall!

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    1. I think I just usually don't photograph then standing next to us, only each other. Definitely an eye opener!

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  3. Anonymous2/24/2012

    What fun! Kauai is certainly a beautiful place. Will Ed was looking at the map last night and you are not very far from one of our favorite places, The Allerton Gardens, a botanical garden we visited when we were there.

    Ree and Ro seem to be enjoying the pet sitting. Tell them that Keiko and Yoshi would love to have them come play with them.

    Those are Cook Island Pines and they are beautiful trees.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip.

    Ma

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    1. Cook Island Pines -- so cool! Wonder if they grow in California? I'll have to Google it.

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  4. Me loves me some Dukes! Yeah, touristy and corny but always brings back memories of the Islands.

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    1. I start to smile as soon as I set foot on this property.

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  5. Kristina2/24/2012

    So much fun!! How will you ever be able to come home? Enjoy the rest of your time and keep pounding those lava flows! They always taste better on vacation! HUGS!

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    1. I'm thinking we'll need to have a little island BBQ when we get back to ease us all into regular life again. Y'all free?!

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  6. Anonymous2/24/2012

    That PS is hysterical. Ro clearly knows her own behavior. Did she get the smaller crystal tree?

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    1. She didn't end up getting the tree. Changed her mind again when she saw matching crystal heart necklaces for her and her sister.

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  7. SSharma2/24/2012

    ok, that was the funniest story yet! i love it! Smart cookies there you got!

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  8. We honeymooned on Kauai. Looking at your pics brings back good memories. Are you island hopping or staying on Kauai?
    M.

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    1. All Kauai this time.

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  9. So awesome! What a fun and relaxing trip.

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    1. So nice!

      I can't believe we go home tomorrow! I'll bet you guys had similar feelings on your last day.

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  10. Oh this post is bringing back fond memories of when I went on my honeymoon to Kauai and stayed at the Marriott. Their grounds are gorgeous!

    Do you mind saying what hotel you are staying at? Becuase I'd love to go back to Hawaii and to stay at a hotel with puppies? OMG I'd die of happy.

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    1. It's the Grand Hyatt. They have a program on Tuesdays and Thursdays where you can volunteer with the local animal shelter. Neat program!

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  11. Anonymous2/24/2012

    Enjoy reading your posts - have not been back to Hawaii in 10 years - need to go back soon! Is the fighting between the girls new? Will you be getting a dog when you return home? :)

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    1. Not new enough. It started about the time that they turned six and we thought it was going to be one of those short-lived phases... Apparently not.

      We'll see on the doggie, probably not since our main pooper scooper (TubaDad) travels so much.

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  12. Anonymous2/24/2012

    Okay. I have to go to the liquor store and buy the ingredients for the lava drinks. Just seeing them in each post has made me very thirsty :).

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  13. I've never been to Hawaii and I'm loving your trip posts and pictures...definately makes me want to go there someday (although likely in the far, far future...). Hope you enjoy the last bit of your trip and have a safe trip home.

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  14. I've seen those trees in the bay area. they're so pretty.

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