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Big Island 2011: Four Seasons Hualalai

I just got back from a week on the Big Island of Hawaii.  I splurged a bit (okay, a lot) and stayed at the Four Seasons Hualalai, which is easily one of the best resorts I’ve ever been to. Service was amazing, the property was beautiful, and even the food was good. And my room!  I got upgraded from a regular oceanview room to a $2300/night suite!

Unfortunately, the weather left something to be desired. It was wet for the first few days and pretty much overcast for the others.  Those breaks of sunshine were welcomed, though.

Here’s the first set of trip photos, which I took around the Four Seasons resort:

Happy birthday Zoe & Flame!

My, how time goes by! Zoe is now six years old (!), and Flame is a big four! Happy birthday to my “kids”!

The next adventure

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on this blog, and I don’t think I’ll be doing a lot of regular posting anytime soon. That said, I did want to mention my next big vacation. It’s still a year away, but I’m thinking that it’s going to be the biggest adventure yet. If all goes as planned, I’ll be taking the second-to-last “big ship” cruise to Antarctica:

Credit: Holland America Line

As you can see, the cruise goes around the bottom of South America, with several days spent cruising along the edges of Antarctica. You don’t actually set foot on land.

Why is this the last cruise? New regulations that start in mid-2012 essential ban large ships from getting near Antarctica. Only ships that hold under 500 people will be allowed, and given the notoriously rough seas down there, I don’t think I want to go on one.  We will be sailing on the ms Veendam, which holds about 1250 passengers.

There is one problem, though. This trip is during the Consumer Electronics Show, which is a new camera bonanza.  If this was a trip to anywhere else I wouldn’t go, but seeing how it’s the second-to-last big ship cruise down there, I’m doign it.  So, I need to find some way to getting the news updated in my absence, probably by hiring a freelancer.

Naturally,  I’ll be taking a ton of pictures on this trip, and they’ll be posted on this very blog.  But it’s still a year away, so it’s a big early to get excited.  Here are some photos taken by some other folks:Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

The Prinsendam (different ship, same cruise line) in Antarctica / Photo credit:

These last two were taken on the very same cruise, last week:

Lemaire Channel / Photo credit:

Huge iceberg / Photo credit:

Gems from the SkyMall catalog, 2010 edition

Two-and-a-half years ago I picked out the dumbest products from the SkyMall catalog that you’ll find in the seatback pocket of most airplanes.  Here are my new favorite dumb products that I found while flying to Denver and back a few weeks ago:

Yosemite in winter

This week my friend Amit and I took a quick trip up to Yosemite to enjoy the winter scenery. It had just snowed last weekend, giving everything a fresh coat of white.  Thankfully, the weather was mostly clear (but cold) during our visit. Here are my favorite photos, taken with the Canon EOS-60D.sinopsis film

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