My new friends, blogger extraordinaire Kim and fantasy writer Renee, and I drove over to Kaneohe Marine Corps Base this morning. Our goal: to show Renee who is new to Oahu the sights and talk “shop.” It probably wasn’t the best day to appreciate the Koolau Mountain Range, because low hanging clouds shrouded everything in a haze, but the beaches on Kaneohe were still impressive. The surf was a bit rough – not good for swimming – but at least one beach-going creature seemed to have had a good time.
Hawaiian monk seals are critically endangered, but that doesn’t keep them from coming ashore for a sunbath. You don’t see them very often, so it’s a big deal when you spot one. If you do see one, please give it room. Harassing them can get you in big trouble with the locals (and the law). The same goes for green sea turtles by the way, though they can be found on the beaches with far greater frequency.
Naturally I got wet while snapping these pictures. (Beach safety says not to turn your back to the ocean for good reason.)
After our sightseeing adventure we had lunch at the K’Bay O’Club. Yummy. On the way home, Ivy slept blissfully in her carseat and Kim told us about meeting the cast of Hawaii 5-0 (they visited “her” elementary school, sigh, but not “mine.”)
No adventures are planned for next week, Thanksgiving and all, but we’ll do more exploring the week after. Stay tuned.
And in case, you wondered, no I got no writing done yet this week. My goal was to finish the break-in scene and have Mason explain to Soren how his military career ended. I may have to stay up a bit later this weekend to get it all done.