I have been adding pictures and links to this posting; but I got it posted while it was still Christmas AND 2008! 😉 Who knows?…I may add more!
Aloha Dear Family, Friends, and any Envious Unknowns 😉
Well, we have come to another year’s end and are readying to ring in another new year! … gulp … ALREADY!?! This year our Holiday Letter is here on my Blog!
May you have a safe and fun-filled Holiday 2008-2009 Season filled with pleasant new memories for your journals, photo albums, and scrapbooks! I don’t believe that I have ever attended this many pot lucks, parties, and get-togethers in this short of time before in my life! The sense of ‘community’ is GREAT! I rarely encounter a “Mr. (or Ms.) Grinch” 😀
As many of you know by now, Andy applied for a job at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii on the Big Island in early 2006 and major excitement ensued. After several telephone interviews were conducted with Andy, WE (not just He) were invited to the Big Island in October 2006 for face-to-face interviews (and a day on the summit of Mauna Kea to assess Andy’s ability to hold up and function at an elevation of nearly 14,000 feet).
While Andy was interviewing, I checked out as much of Waimea (Kamuela per the US Post Office) and Waikoloa as I could in four days. It was great! When we got back home, we anticipated the call because we felt that everything went so well and the possibilities were VERY attractive. He has been regularly posting his activities on his Blog at http://www.darkerview.com/darkview/ since.
How does one escape cooking and doing dishes on a holiday like Thanksgiving?
Well, one way is to volunteer to support the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station (VIS) on Mauna Kea public star gazing program. We were treated to Thanksgiving dinner of Turkey, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes and Cranberry Jelly as well as other side treats. Then we helped out at the VIS for the rest of the evening until 10pm.
We started the day by spending a relaxed morning through to early afternoon at home. We got projects done around the house and organized our Christmas lists. Then about 3:30pm, we headed out toward the mountain.
The drive up was quite entertaining along our route up Waikoloa Access Road and across Saddle Road! There were several small flocks of Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) along the way that appeared completely unaware of how lucky they were on this particular day. 😉 The preferred flavor for much of this island seems to be pit roasted Wild Pig.
Come to think of it, we didn’t even see any wild pigs today. Not even the ones that clash with motor vehicles and lose. We even saw several of the requisite Erckel’s Frankolin (Francolinus erckelli) and flocks of smaller, skittish birds that were too distant and too fast to ID accurately; although, they looked like house sparrows and saffron finches.
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