Category: Hawai’i

My experiences on the Islands…


Lava Shoot by Boat!

October 13, 2016: ย Site Seeing by Boat – An Excellent way to view the Lava at its newest Ocean entry!

The night before; “I’m setting the alarm clock early enough to leave for Hilo by what time?” was my slow, incredulous question. When the answer was, “2:00 o’clock am,” I took a long pause to consider what that would mean for me ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Lava appears to have been reaching for the Ocean in among the steam and burbling water.

Lava appears to have been reaching for the Ocean in among the steam and burbling water.

The Answer… “Very little sleep!” ๐Ÿ˜ …

Then I thought, “Wait, Andy will be driving. I can sleep on the way!” And I Did! ๐Ÿ˜€ “To the Flow by Sea”, Andy’s recount of this drive to Hilo and beyond.


Grow up? Why?

The laws of physics and nature require me to mature; but I have seen no where that it is either express or written that I have to Grow Up ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Play Times To You! ๐Ÿ˜€

Originally posted Sunday, April 26. 2009


Happy and Safe 4th of July!

A day of celebration! May it be a safe and joyful time for you!

I will be at the Parker Ranch 4th of July Rodeo and Horse Races, again, obtaining more photos for my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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Yes! I am still doing very well here!

Originally posted to GadgetGypsy.Xanga.com on November 16, 2008 at 22:08. Originally posted here on May 24, 2009 at 21:52 with an updated train of thought and altered phrasing. Now Updated again with some new information…

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In November 2008, I experienced a ‘wild hair’ and decided to learn some Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) Web Design for a Weblog! Now. If you know me … you KNOW that I HATE programming even though I can usually puzzle it out; but some how I have taken new interest in Web Design since I started my first Blog on Xanga and after seeing what was possible from viewing AND reading the posts at Darkerview.com!

However, I WILL NOT refer to CSS as ‘programming’ any more than I will EVER give in to the construct that Pluto is no longer classified as a planet!!!! Since, for me, CSS is not as abstract and confusing as the programming (in ‘C’ language) that I had to take for my Management Information Systems / Operations Management (MIS/OM) Bachelors of Science (BS) degree at The University of Arizona (UA) with all the ‘for’ and ‘if; then’ statements that usually ended up in a nasty looping mess every time I first wrote a program!?!?!? It took me waaaay tooooo long to get it fixed, and I was usually disappointed in how little I had accomplished with all those lines of code :-O

So: I asked Andy, my husband and my best friend, to teach me the basics on setting up and configuring my own blog with my own domain where I have more extensive room for creativity! I continue to request help when I get stuck (it is nice to have such a knowledgeable, interactive reference so handy). Thus, my new Blog of my own domain was ‘born’: GadgetGypsy.com! Andy is an excellent tutor; but please don’t tell him that I said so … His job at Keck Observatories keeps his head in the clouds enough without the compliments going to his head as well ;-D

For those of you who have been asking: The name ‘GadgetGypsy’ came from my college days that started in Air Force Technical Training. I like the new, intriguing electronic gadgets that come available on the market; and I obtain them for the ‘learning’ opportunity that they provide as well as the fascination that they instill as I figure out their capabilities and functions. Through experience of buying too early, I have also learned to exhibit patience (VERY hard for me to do); and wait a generation or two before I buy-in. I still forget myself on occasion and the hard lesson is once again driven home when I ‘impulse’ buy a new technology that still needs to be debugged! Although painful and sometimes pricey, the lessons are still good and valuable experience!

You are invited to drop by here to check it out often! But be warned; I am, and will be, learning the intricacies of CSS for quite a while as I get GadgetGypsy.com configured to my liking. Please don’t let the constant changes (or occasional changes as I approach my ideal) turn you off or scare you away; OR keep you from providing me valid, constructive and valuable feedback and comments!

I like the community at Xanga still; and the Photo Contest at iliveinmycamera is, to me, a ‘not-to-be-missed’ blogger-tunity if you have the time to take and post the weekly photo assignments! So, I will still keep GadgetGypsy.Xanga.com open and active. I will not be using it as much as I was; and other than the occasional posting here and there, about or to, the Photo Contest or something related to my Xanga friends, or regarding a new post to check out at GadgetyGypsy.com, I will be putting my Picts, Vid Clips, and main posts on GadgetGypsy.com.

See you over here (GadgetGypsy.com) AND over there (GadgetGypsy.Xanga.com)! They are both (or at least GadgetGypsy.com still is) RSS feed capable so you can subscribe to it/them through your RSS Reader. (Update; 12/27/2015: the unofficial Photo Contest was no longer running when last I was there; but another may have opened up)

Aloha and Happy Blogging! –GG


The Furry, The Scaly or The Fowl (well, maybe just Feathered)…

“Does my outfit look good for the Christmas Party?” Gold Dust Day Gecko (Phelsuma laticauda laticauda).


Same Blog, Different Tool!

Hello Family, Friends, and Visitors!

Yep, I am migrating my Blog from my Previous Software (PS) to WordPress. My PS had failed to save my works-in-progress WAY too many times. ๐Ÿ˜ก

I have abandoned it now and use it to get the transfers to WordPress accurate.

You have probably noticed (or will notice, soon) that my old Blog is somewhat “interesting” now (or you get forwarded automatically).

When my account was updated to work with WordPress, something in my PS did not like the change. ๐Ÿ˜

Result: Some miscellaneous characters; and most important, it will not let me post, edit, delete or even access my admin pages.

My new Blog URL is www.gadgetgypsy.com/wordpress.

I like the layout of my new blog; although, little adjustments are inevitable along the way! What do you think?

Well, not being able to access the admin will make my progress a bit slower while I reformat my entries and put them back together; but it will not stop me!

I am publishing them with their original posting dates so that will take some time, as well.

Don’t let the “fine-tuning” scare you away, though. I will publish a new post every now and then to keep things interesting. In a good way! ๐Ÿ˜Ž You may even see something old that is new again! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Tag along on an AWESOME dive with us…

Mark is one of several regulars to our dive parties.

He has put together another great video of diving adventures aboard the Aqua Safari around the Big Island!


This dive was on August 17, 2014. A Nitrox Dive – special certification required.

It is a special treat for me to watch these videos, especially on the dives that I was unable to take part in. Thank You Mark! ๐Ÿ˜€