Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday! My goodness it’s been a busy week around these parts! The holiday weekend here led to a packed schedule with lots of places to go and many things to do. I don’t know about anyone else, but these short weeks always seem like they are incredibly long. As much as I incredibly enjoy three-day weekends, I often wish that there were no breaks all during the school year. Getting out of my routine is always painful, even if for only 24 hours.
With this week’s photos, we are still in Hawaii. Raise your hand if you are surprised by this fact? I’m milking those 6 days for all they are worth 😉
I have to be honest and tell you that I don’t exactly know where these photos were taken. After the Sner and I toured Pearl Harbor, we weren’t quite ready yet to go get ready for dinner. In looking at maps, we knew that Oahu was a bigger place than we were seeing, and we also knew that we had a very limited amount of time. With that in mind, we decided to head out to the north shore – of the island. My Hawaiian Princess friend informs me that we were in Haleiwa, looking towards the rainbow bridge.
As we were driving, the weather on the west side got progressively worse. There were some heavier downpours and things were certainly cloudy. We drove past pineapple plantations and then coffee plantations, twisty around and up and down. The rainbow in the above picture captivated me so we had to pull in to the park. I couldn’t tell you for sure what park we pulled into, though.
The sky really was ominous. One of the things that our friend said several times was that she wished we had better weather. We didn’t complain. It’s hard to grouse about the weather in paradise afterall.
One of the interesting things about many of the parks that we wandered through in quest for the beach, is that we noticed what seemed like significant homeless populations in the parks. The fact of homelessness isn’t a surprise. Back in the spring when there were stories all over the news about how badly Hawaii needed teachers, with starting salaries of $50,000, we’d joked about moving. Then we talked with our friend about how expensive it is to live in Hawaii and knew moving to paradise would remain a very long-range dream.
The semi-permanent structures built and erected in the parks did surprise me. My experience of homelessness here on the mainland is that it seems that the homeless population is always on the move, rousted out of their encampments on a regular basis. A tent might be pitched, but it was an easily moved outfit.
Memorials were scattered throughout the park, and that was interesting to me as well. In some places, there were cairn-like structures or even a plaque embedded into a rock, and in other places, there were more temporary shrines made of offerings of palm leaves, various blooms, and leis.
As we were getting ready to get back on the road, the sun began to come out, and it was quite a spectacular moment.
The trip around the island reminded me of that quote about how not all who wander are lost. I’m a fan of wandering; I seem to find either calamity and peril which make for great stories once the initial shock has worn off or I find something amazing, which also makes for great stories. Where have you been wandering lately? Tell me about it in the comments!
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! Thank y’all so much for joining us each week and for visiting each other, giving support and encouragement!
Last week our most viewed link came from Denyse in Australia who shared a spring fair complete with a tour of scarecrows! How much fun is that?!
Our final link came from Pret-a-Vivre who shared images from the American Impressionist Garden at the New York Botanic Garden. If you missed some of the links added after yours, consider swinging back by and checking out some of those awesome posts!
Please make sure that you stop by and check out posts from your fellow blogger photographers; that’s what makes this such a great link-up – the support you give each other. Thank you for joining us every week!