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Oct 23-25, 2009 – Harker’s Island, NC:

camping at the lighthouse

Five of us headed off to Harker’s Island for a couple of days of paddling, despite the weather forecast of rain and wind.

Michele summed the trip up pretty well:

“This weekend was an adventure – a pleasant paddle over to the lighthouse, swimming in the cool water under a warm sun, huddling with (not under) the bug tent to protect us from a mini-monsoon, two great dinners and the grand finale –paddling against a gale force headwind back to the cars.”


mini-monsoon my @#$


I threw in the food report:

“We’re sorry you missed the 8 grains + 3 more meal that the Asheville ladies fixed. The sharp cheddar on top made it even better for me! Then you missed bacon and eggs and hashbrowns for breakfast. And the black beans and rice with guacamole and salsa and Ranch and cheddar on Mexican tortillas. With chocolate chunk cookies for dessert. And cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Somewhere in there a bottle of rum, three bottles of wine, and a box of wine disappeared. As well as a can of Pringles and various other snacks. We almost starved to death out there on the island. 🙂 ”

Don’s pix

Michele and Beau’s pix

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Started wet, but ended up great!

While on this trip, Waynger told us about a geocache on one of the islands in the lake. Even though we didn’t have a GPS with us, we were lucky enough to be able to find the cache! This was our first find as a group – Picnic Island. Seemed like a lot of fun, so we’ll probably try more geocaching soon!

Pictures from Don

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The Adventure Family enjoyed the 14th annual MemDay paddle trip this year. (Unlucky #13 was planned and packed for, but postponed after Captain Morgan had an incident with some stairs and a door.) We paddled on the Lumber River this year. More details to follow shortly.

Michele’s pix Don’s pix

Starting in the rain

Luau on the Lumber!

View from Buck Landing campsite

Spider lilies

Snacking?! Not us!!

The gang's all here!

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Details to follow.

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October Kayak Trip

The Adventure Family ventured out to sea kayak on the last weekend in October 2007, contributing in part to the temporary end of the severe drought in NC. There were three sort of new Adventure Family recruits along on this trip; Shark Lady, Mighty Mouse, and Georgia Boy. All of them had shared Adventures with some of the group before, but this was the first time they’d been on the Shackleford kayak trip, a long-standing tradition in the Family. We even had three people fly in for this Adventure, coming in from Chicago and Georgia.

Our plan was to launch from Shell Point on Friday, paddle to Shackleford Banks, spend two nights and come back. The monsoon rains started midweek and were still in full swing when we arrived Friday afternoon. Being hardened Adventurers, we didn’t let that stop us, but we did decide to paddle to Brown’s Island instead of Shack. We reasoned that it was closer and would be easier to get back from if conditions worsened.


Setting up camp Friday night was a challenge worthy of including in an adventure race someday. It was a team effort to erect the tarp and tents in howling winds and driving rain. Dinner was only half possible, as the intermittent showers, no, downpours, prevented us from boiling the srimp.

Sat dawned with a beautiful sunrise, and dry conditions…


until halfway through breakfast, when the monsoon rains returned and stayed with us as we paddled back to Shell Point. We decided that the forecast of strong north winds on Sunday was too risky – we’ve already spent an extra night on Shack that way. So we went looking for a different place to camp. We found a nice flat grassy spot near Cape Carteret.


Fortunately it was Muffin Man’s place, so we didn’t get run off the property. We had a wonderful dinner of long-sought-after red beans and rice with fajita chicken. This dinner required at least three trips to the grocery store, but it was worth it! Afterwards, we enjoyed a nice moonlit stroll around the neighborhood.

The next morning we enjoyed chocolate chip and pecan pancakes on the front porch.


Then we paddled out to an island in the intracoastal waterway.



The winds were brisk and strong enough to make us not regret our decision to skip Shack this time.

On the drive home, we stopped and introduced three new Adventurers to Bojangles’ cuisine. I think they’ll live.

As always, the group found a way to have fun despite the challenges we faced. That is the Adventurer’s way!!



Don’s pix

Michele’s pix

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Maui – Part 2

The post for the trip was getting kind of long, so I’ve created a second one to hold the next parts. This is a continuation of Part 1

July 26, 2007

Brian and Don went mountain biking today, on the Makawao Trails. These trails were about halfway up the volcano, and basically formed a loop, going 2.5 miles up one side of a big gulch and then coming back down the other side. It was all forested. We especially enjoyed the smooth trail tread – there were very few rocks or roots. The downhill was fast and fun!

Here’s Brian riding up along a gulch.

Brian riding in the forest



Later in the evening we drove up to Lahaina and went to the Old Lahaina Luau. We had front row seats for the show. The sunset was beautiful. The buffet was great. I had octopus salad, pork wrapped in seaweed, and yellowfin tuna. Ok, truth be told, I had at least a little of everything on the bar. And it was all pretty good!

Donna and Brian at the Old Lahaina Luau

Front row seats!


hula girls in action



July 27, 2007

I got everyone up before the crack of dawn today so we could drive up Haleakala so Brian and I could ride at least part of the way down before the daily clouds built up. The clouds had been starting up around 9 am most days. We pulled out of the condo parking lot at 5:15am. We took some pictures at the summit. It was 42 degrees. We were on our bikes and rolled away at 7:23am. The girls went to Kahului and shopped a little before returning to the condo. They waited by the pool for us to call for a pickup.

Our ride plan was a little different than what most people ride on Haleakala. Instead of riding back down the paved road, we struck out on the old cinder road that used to be the only way to the top. It’s now called the Skyline Trail and is mostly unused except by a few hikers and bikers. The upper part looked like the landscape on Mars. We passed through the Kula Forest Preserve on the way down, and then through some upcountry towns, to Kahului, by the airport, and finally to Kamaole Beach Park where we stuck our feet in the ocean. In about 6 hours, we went from 42 degrees at 10,023 feet elevation, to 90 degrees at sea level. A great summit to sea ride. It would have been much harder in the other direction!

Don and Sandy on the summit

Donna and Brian on the summit


Riding the Skyline Trail

Hang loose!

Say cheese!

Descending the Skyline Trail

Descending the Mamane Trail

Zipping down the paved Waipoli Access Road

On the beach at last!
On the beach!


July 28, 2007

Today was a day to relax. After a leisurely morning on the lanai, we headed down to the beach in front of our complex to snorkel. There is a neat sets of rocks and reef jutting out from shore there. You can see it behind us in the picture below.

cabana boys

After snorkeling, we hung out by the pool and watched the ocean most of the day.

hanging by the beach

We did venture out to Kihei for a classic Hawaiian plate lunch at the L & L Diner. Then it was more hanging out and eventually watching the sunset.

Sandy and Don in the pool

Donna and Brian in the shade



I even caught the full moon rising over the ridgeline of Haleakala.

moonrise over Haleakala ridgeline

July 29, 2007

Today is Sandy and Don’s 18th anniversary. To celebrate, we took a helicopter tour of Maui.







While we were flying around the island, Donna and Brian spent some time at Donna’s “happy place”.



The rest of the day was spent in much the same way – enjoying our “happy place”.

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Aloha!! Here’s a seldom-seen twist on an Adventure Family Adventure – all the participants are actually related, at least by marriage. Four adventurers are headed to Maui to spend a week enjoying an island adventure of the less wildernessy type. Among the activities planned are:

Sea kayaking and snorkeling on the south Maui coast.

Catching a theatre show called ‘Ulalena (envision a Cirque Du Soleil show about Hawaiian mythology).

Mountain biking down a volcano, in a tropical rainforest, at the beach – all in one trip!.

Enjoying the Old Lahaina Luau.

A visit to ONO Farm, a certified organic tropical fruit farm.

A helicopter tour of Maui.


Here are some info links of interest.

A page of Maui webcams

Kahului, Maui weather It seems Tropical Depression Cosme might circle the islands this week. Wahooo!!!!

May the Adventure continue !!!!!

July 23, 2007

After getting up at 3:15am, flying from RDU to Charlotte to Phoenix to Kahului, we finally made it to Maui. About 17 hours of sitting and waiting. We crammed us and our stuff in the convertible and found our condo. The view from the lanai was awful, see below:


After grabbing a bite to eat and hitting a few stores for some basic supplies, we finally decided to get some sleep (not sitting up). It had only been 25 hours since we got up in Raleigh.

July 24, 2007

5:00am – Ok, my internal clock is on vacation time (and EST) so it’s time to get up and see Maui! I can sleep at home. This morning’s plan is to go on a kayak/snorkel trip. Later this evening we plan to drive over to Lahaina and catch the ‘Ulalena show.

Aloha from Maui!

Don and Sandy on the lanai

Brian and Donna on the lanai

3:30 pm – Great morning kayaking and snorkeling. Having now done the headboats and a more individualized snorkeling excursion, I definitely prefer the smaller groups. Deja was great guide – full of local info and naturalist knowledge, and she was a nice person to hang out with. Deja works for Makena Kayaks.
Don and Sandy on the water

Brian and Donna on the water

Our gang with Deja, our kayak guide/naturalist

After returning from the kayak/snorkel trip, we had a snack lunch at the condo, enjoyed the daytime view from the lanai …

daytime view from our lanai

and then headed to the pool to baste for a couple of hours before we cleaned up and headed out for an evening in Lahaina.

view from the pool

Our evening plans were centered around seeing ‘Ulalena, a theatrical/dance/acrobatic production that told the story of the Maui mythology. The show ran about 1.5 hours and was very impressive. We all enjoyed it and left a little more culturized. 🙂

July 25, 2007

9:49pm – Today’s adventure was driving the road to Hana. For those that don’t know, the Hana Highway is a narrow two-lane road that snakes 37 miles along the north shore of Maui to the small town of Hana. Lots of curves, one-lane bridges, cliffs, and traffic along the way. Here are some pictures:

– Pulled over at an overlook

our rental car

– View of the road winding along a sea cliff

view of curves along a cliff

– group self-portrait

group self-portrait

coastline at Keanea Peninsula

– Don and Sandy at a waterfall and pool

Don and Sandy by a waterfall

– Donna and Brian on the black sand beach at Hana Bay

Donna and Brian on the black sand beach at Hana Bay

This continues in Maui – Part 2

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