Just a quick note because the ship has arrived in Hilo and I am out the door to go on a Goddess of Fire Volcano Exploration tour. More later with pictures
Later a lot longer than I thought! Here’s the day’s story—-
Arrived in Hilo, where we stood out on deck and watched a traditional Hula dance asking permission to go ashore. I had signed up for a trip to the Volcanos National Park. The trip included a drive along the coast where the 1992 earthquatke and sfollowing sunami flattened the shore. There is a dedicated clock monument depicting the time of the sunami. We then stopped at the Mauna Loa Macademia Nut processing plant.
The ride to the volcano park included a ride near the crater rim and visit to the Jagger Museum. We drove by steam vents along the way. We stopped and walked through the Thurston Lava tube, we then passed another inactive crater that people were walking across. — I passed on that!
We drove by the an area that had black sand beaches.
We finally departed the Big Island around 6 PM .
Had a nice dinner and a late night and then ZZZs!
Since we sailed, I have been doing stretching exercises andab workouts in the morning to make sure I don’t have those lbs. creeping up. Later in the day yesterday, I attended a seminar to learn about Windows 10’s Edge Browser. It can do some interesting things. It has a privacy mode that must be turned on each session, but it does allow you to browse in private and then automatically erases all traces of your browsing – history, cookies and caches when you close the browser.
Practicing the Hula Dance
Teaching the Hula
Hula classes in the afternoon. My participation was just watching.
Later I attended a “cocktail mixology” class.
In the evening, played some trivia. The day before yesterday our team tied for first with three other groups. Last night we came in second. We also had our first of three Gala Dinner nights.- a black tie event.
After dinner listened to some piano music and later had a night cap in the Crow’s Nest.
Finally, the turned down bed and zzzz’s
Waiting to board the MS Amsterdam
San Diego Skylight from the ship
Above:San Diego before we set sail. Our departure was delayed about 2.5 hours for reasons dealing with the weather out at sea.
San Diego At night. Taken as we were departing. We sailed 2.5 hours late to avoid weather in our course of travel.
The Crow’s Nest (the bar on Deck nine) late in the afternoon.
Here I am in my stateroom and the above photo is of the turned down bed at the end of the day.
Introduction to the ship’s entertainers
I the rest of the evening sorting out my schedule for tomorrow’s day at sea.
Arrived in San Diego yesterday afternoon and spent some time with local friends. Today I boarded the ship at 13:00 and settled in. Had trouble getting an account due to my browser kept autofilling information – sort of like Facebook. Have to go to mandatory drill. Later