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While Sis & Paul, Ash & Tom vacationed on thru Friday, woke Wednesday morning to MY last Big Island sunrise.

UP & out – headed to the ocean.  Jogged/hiked/walked nearby trails, trekked alongside the ocean, stopped & watched paid dolphin encounters in the Bay, ran thru a Japanese garden.  Waikoloa walkabout.  GREAT day start!

‘Last day’ plans?  Lazy pool day 🌺

Sis (& Paul) joined us poolside with a deck of cards (after birthday breakfast & paddleboard yoga).  Game of the day (new to me): Kings in the Corner, a Greco family tradition.  ADD guac PLUS coladas – bestest end to an active Island vacation.

Food, FAMILY, FUN & a whole lotta LAUGHS.

Listened to the community conch shell – blown long & steady, recording the day’s end.  Sun burned pink, dipped into the ocean, completing its rotation ’til morning next.  Aloha & Goodbye, Hawaii.  Whatta holiday!

Red-eye flight back to Denver, play time over.  Well, almost – shared an hour of LOVEs with my Ro (aka. the World’s GREATEST Pup) before reclaiming the previous nite’s sleep.  GOOD to be HOME.  LOVE LOVE my Colorado life ❤

 

 

Aloha & Goodbye

 

 

afternoon preview – YUM!

 

2017 – another year of thanks!

but first, made room for turkey with an ABSOLUTELY FREE 5K in my hometown.  Four years ago, ran this event – super happy to be back!  This year, drug along Stephen (here on a holiday visit).  Whatta sport.  Prep time?  None.

Walk, run, got it done – AND with a smile on our face.

May have found my new run partner.  LOL>

 

Warm breezy walk with Ro ‘round Waneka.  Plenty of time for Thanksgiving prep.  Feasting & football at 1pm, Ash & Tom’s in Westminster.  Our Colorado tradition ❤

 

 

An ABSOLUTELY FREE 5K benefitting those in need!

 

• When: November 23rd, 2017

• Race Start: 9:00 a.m.

• Where:  Downtown Louisville, CO – 951 Spruce Street Louisville CO

 

• What: THIS RACE IS FREE (but you have to bring a donation – non-perishable food or winter clothing please).  Thank you for participating in the 2016 Turkey Trot.  Because of you and the support from our generous local businesses this event continues to be free.  In 2016 our runners donated over 20,000 pounds of food to the Sister Carmen Community Center and enormous trucks full of winter clothing.

 

• Who: Thousands of your closest friends and family looking to get some exercise before Thanksgiving feast.

• Benefitting: Community members in need!

 

We hope you can make it!

 

Project Louisville LLC & Events LLC

 

 

 Turkey Trot 2017

 

 

Yesterday in the high Sierras, today on scenic Lake Tahoe.

Sunrise woke in South Lake Tahoe, circled the lake northward – day’s first stop:  Emerald Bay.  Mix of tall redwood & pine – HUGE evergreen – line California’s largest freshwater lake.  Bay tinted green (emerald green) where it hugs shore.

$10 to the Park Ranger.  Successfully secured parking (kinda a big deal in California).  Stared long/hard at the Lake horizon, before starting the short steep hike DOWN to Vikingsholm on tourist-heavy Tahoe – HIKE day ❤

 

Vikingsholm…this magnificent “castle” is a unique blend of nature’s spectacular beauty and man’s architectural ingenuity.

 

The Vikingsholm foundation was laid in 1928, but the building was constructed in 1929 by 200 workers. Vikingsholm was built by Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight as a summer home. Before starting construction, Mrs. Knight and her architect traveled to Scandinavia to gather ideas for the construction of the house. Some parts of the structure contain no nails or spikes, as a result of old-fashioned construction methods. Most of the building was made from materials found at Lake Tahoe.

 

Mrs. Knight is best known for building Vikingsholm, but she and her husband Harry, a businessman were primary backers of Charles Lindbergh’s non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927.

 

Followed the steep one-mile path DOWN DOWN DOWN to Vikingsholm.

White granite canyons, HUGE forest’d trees.  Snagged 2 enormous pine cone for my Colorado mantel.

Interesting well-preserved residence, Vikingsholm, but didn’t purchased a ticket to tour inside.  I trail-hiked DOWN to see California redwood, to enjoy the all-consuming scent of pine.  Not disappointed, WOW!

Dipped both hands into Lake Tahoe before trekking back UP.  UP UP to Hwy 89, the local northbound highway I’d travel lake-circumference.  Tahoma, Tahoe City, then lunch.  3 more hours to play ‘til my return flight home from Reno.

89 North to Truckee, diverted left on Squaw Valley Road.

Squaw Valley, California – site of the 1960 Winter Olympics.  Gotta/hafta/must STOP, right?  Team USA won first-ever hockey GOLD; Americans [David Jenkins & Carol Heiss] topped both figure skating podiums.

The Games’ spirit, the OLYMPIC FLAME stays lit 24/7, 365 days/year.  Pretty neat.  I was here.

 

 

 

 

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