Wednesday, February 20, 2013

ATV Tour

One of the perks of Cory's zip-lining job is that he was able to sign us up for a complementary ATV tour this past weekend.  We traveled 25 miles around Kauai in a "mud bug".  As always, the scenery was beautiful, even while being covered in mud!  We stopped at a little waterfall for lunch and jumped into the freezing cold river water.  We had a ton of fun, it was probably one of my favorite "tourist attractions" on the island.  Although, I think the boat tours are the #1 attraction.
Here we are in our Mud Bug.

 The beginning of the tour was near an old sugar mill.

 We went into a tunnel that went through a mountain.

 Then the mud began... Cory made sure to hit every puddle 

 This is the lunch stop at the little waterfall.

Can you imagine going through puddles like this for 3 hours?.. Or what we looked like afterwards...

Needless to say, we had to stop at the beach after the tour to wash the mud off of us.  The ATV company did provide extra t-shirts and shorts for people who were worried about getting their clothes dirty (which makes sense if you are on vacation and don't have a washing machine).

- Emilie

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sight-Seeing on the Bus

As many of you know, I take the Kauai bus to and from work every day.  It became much better once we moved to Hanapepe because we are closer to the school.  They also added a new bus route back in November so the timing works out a lot better too.

It is whale season and my new favorite after-school activity is whale-watching on the way home from work!  The road goes right along the ocean and I have seen TONS of whales.  Mostly just spouts, not breaching - but it is still pretty cool to look out at the water and see the huge splash from the spout.  I wasn't able to catch a whale on camera, but I did get this nice little rainbow picture (it's kind of faint).

Looking back to when we first came to Hawaii in 2010 for vacation, I remember riding the bus around Oahu and taking pictures of everything.  Now in 2013, after living here for a year and a half, I'm still amazed by the beautiful surroundings.

- Emilie

Painting of Polihale

Not too long ago, I mentioned that I started a painting the last time that Cory and I went to Polihale. Our friend Giorgio, a local artist, brought an easel and we painted while we were there.  I finally finished it!  Giorgio gave me lots of great tips!  I'm happy with how it came out.

- Emilie

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Beach Photo-Shoot

Last weekend Cory and I were hired to do a photo-shoot!  The photographer works for a website called  People can go to the site to buy pictures for their own websites or advertisements.  It was fun for us and now we have some nice pictures.

This is our favorite picture!

- Emilie

Saturday, February 2, 2013

January Update

January was a busy month!  I am currently taking two graduate classes and I have another one starting at the end of this month.  After this semester I'll be over half way done with my master's degree! 

Cory started working as a zip-lining tour guide this past month.  It is only three days a week, and so far he likes it.  I'm jealous that he gets to work outside (except that he has to work in the rain sometimes).  We also found out that he gets to continue teaching at my school for the rest of the year.  He was hired as an "emergency hire" back in the fall and we were not sure for how long it would be.  It is nice to know that he has it for the rest of the year. 

We had a really nice visit from Pastor Tom and Pauline and their two friends.  We had a delightful lunch together and they came to see the school.  It was so nice to see familiar faces!

Of course a month can't go by without a camping trip, so we went to our favorite spot - Polihale.  We have become friends with a local artist who has a gallery in the town we live in, and him and his wife came with us.  I literally think his artwork is the best on the island, which is pretty good because there are 16 galleries in Hanapepe alone.  He knows that I enjoy painting so he brought two easels and we painted while we were there.  It was really cool to be on the edge of this sand dune with a professional artist, painting our favorite place on the island.  Within an hour and a half or so, he had a masterpiece.  I only got about half way done.  I'll post a picture when its finished.

Here is a link to our friend Georgio's website.  Pictures don't quite do his work justice though, his paintings have a ton of texture and of course you can't get that from a photograph.

At the end of this month I will be going on a trip to Seattle for a Common Core (teaching) workshop.  I'm not looking forward to the cold!  It will be fun to go somewhere new though. Unfortunately Cory is not coming with us. 

A hui hou!

- Emilie