Monday, September 24, 2007

Adventures at Sky Harbor

Before Carrie went to Hawaii, she stopped in Phoenix for a visit! Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, to be exact. Good times are to be had in that place. We found all kinds of stuff you can pay too much money for! But more importantly, Carrie needed a special pillow for her long and arduous flight from Phoenix to Hawaii. The pillows were on special - what was it - 2/$20 or $13 each? Something like that. I modeled a pig pillow so Carrie could convince her friend Kim (waiting in the terminal) to get one with her.

We went to this Arizona souvenir store that had all sorts of things I would never really pay money for... little scorpion and rattlesnake figurines, crazy-looking jewelry, real (but dead) scorpions made into paperweights and keychains, etc.

Then it was time to say goodbye! Until we meet again on the mainland!

P.S. Carrie took all these pics - thanks Carrie!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Mom's on, she thinks

Okay, I think I'm blogging. You'll have to let me know. I not sure I will even know how to get back here, so PLEASE hold my hand.

Who started"Miller*time anyway? Cool idea. Do all the Miller Kids know of this? (Am I the last techno-challenged person?) I am guessing Darcey sent me this link, cause I mentioned that we needed a way to communicate with everyone.

My only news is that Dad & I will be leaving for Maine on Monday, 24 Sept. and returning on late Thursday, 04 Oct. I'll have my cell, and hopefully we'll get some great pics, and I can TRY to put them up. But, I am truly techno-challenged, so don't hold your breath too long.
Bye for now.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

This blog needs PICTURES!

Admittedly I stole these pics from some of you... but I am graciously posting them so you don't have to:

Grandma and dad about to go jetski Ca-RaZy!

The youngest - and arguably most adorable - member of the clan

Yeah, we know how to partay!

The Natch Miller clan!

You guys think you're so tough, mang!

Christmas noshing at the Miller home!

Riding in Natch's funmobile!


Aloha Ohana!

Well, as of today I have officially lived in Kaua'i for a month! It's crazy how fast time has flown by and all the things that have happened - good and some not so good - but an adventure nonetheless and an experience I will hope to share with all of you as best as possible while I'm here, miles and miles from you.

Some of the things that I have done since I've been here:
Kipu Falls - This is one of my new favorite places because it's nearby the house and it's just such a cool little place that you can't NOT like it! Remember the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark, when Harrison Ford swings on a vine or something across the water? Kipu is where they filmed that and I've swung from the rope myself! Danny Hale, a friend of ours we recently met here on the island (he's our age and moved here from Farmington, UT with his family ten years ago) goes to Kipu nearly every day, so last time I went with him and he had his own swing he'd tie up high in the tree. I wish I had had a video camera because this guy is seriously Tarzan, he'd swing and jump and do flips out of the TREE (even I thought that was crazy, and I'm the one who's jumped out of a plane...)

Secret Beach - This beach is located towards the northern end of the island (we live on the east side) and you have to hike down a very steep trail through some jungle and when you get to the bottom, there's just a beautiful stretch of light sand and blue waves. The problem with this beach, though, because it's a bit more secluded, is that people think it's cool to walk around sans clothing. As Kim and I were hiking down the trail, a man on his way back up told us to walk down to the freshwater springs, so when we got down there we saw them a short distance away and headed in that direction - until some guy, who was standing in one of the pools of water - decided to remove his shorts we were grateful his back was towards us, in the least). Both Kim and I spun back around on the spot and decided we weren't really interested in going to the the springs and found our own secluded spot on the beach to relax and avoid anymore unnecessary incidences similar to that.
Hanalei Bay - Kim and I didn't spend a lot of time here yet, because it's on the north shore, but we met up with our friend Chad there a few weeks ago and he showed us around. We saw the mountain that is famously known for being the origination of the song, "Puff the Magic Dragon," and we had stopped by the grocery store to get some stuff to have a bbq, and saw the girl who had had her arm bitten off by a shark just a few years earlier at Hanalei Bay. It was very beautiful up there, and when I go again I'll be sure to take more pictures.
Poipou Beach - Poipou is on the south shore, and this is my favorite place to go on days off and to catch some sun. A lot of surfers and boogie boarders frequent the area, so once I learn how to surf I'll try it there before the winter swells come in. It's fun to go out swimming there to, because there are pretty big breaks out in the water. I went with my roommate Sherry once and she didn't know you were supposed to swim UNDER the waves when they crashed over you...she tried to swim over it but ended up getting pummeled by the wave. She was okay, but she didn't try to do it that way
Four-Wheeling - Kim and I make friends with the locals that work and live around here. It opens up more opportunities for us to have as many different experiences as possible. Our friend, Freddy, is the maintenance guy here at Anchor Cove (the mall where our store is located). He is very down to earth and told me a few years ago he used to be an alcoholic beach bum and all he did was drink all day. He decided one day he didn't want to live that life anymore and stopped cold turkey and hasn't looked back since. He works three different jobs, and probably sleeps less than an hour a day because of them. And what does he do on his days off instead of sleep? He takes his bikes out to go four wheeling! We went out to this place just for dirt bikes and the like (if any of you have seen the red dirt stains and gets everywhere...) and rode around for a couple hours. It was a lot of fun, but man, were we dirty! The next day I was still cleaning dirt out of my ears!
I've done a few other things, but I wanted to at least share those things with you all for now. Even though I'm only working a typical full schedule, I feel like I have little time to do much because of running. I either run in the morning before work and try to cram in as many miles as I can, or I go right after work when I'm scheduled in the morning so I can finish running before the sun goes down. The sun begins to go down around 7pm, and it's dark here at night (not very many light poles around this area...) so I'm not too keen to be running in the jungle in the pitch black of night. But I enjoy having such beautiful scenery to keep things interesting, and some days it's hard to get up to run when I'd rather lay at the beach, but I know that Honolulu is going to be here sooner than I know it and I have to be ready for it!
I hope all is well with everyone....crazy that all of us are in so many different places. I think it's a great idea that Darcey started this, so I hope the rest of you join in cause it's hard for all of us to keep in touch as well as I think we all would like.
Love you all very much!!

Hello family!

Trying an experiment to see how it goes. All the cool people are blogging these days (that's why I have a blog and most of you don't, no offense but I'm pretty much the coolest). Anyway we can all log onto this blog and type up a little something-something about what we've been up to. Then, whenever we feel like it, we can just come here and see what's up! Good idea yeah? I thought you'd like it. Love ya'll (that's right I said ya'll, I live in the South now)!