Return to Paradise

MAUI – Waking up next to the Pacific Ocean. Palm trees swaying. Beach run in Lahaina.

#kvphawaii First beach walk in #Maui

My third trip to Hawaii. My first visit to Maui. I feel blessed to celebrate 10 years with my hubby.

Also. I need to resist the urge to check work email. I scheduled some tweets. Hotel wifi tempts me to stay plugged into my life back on the mainland.

This view from our balcony took my breath away. Vibrant sunset colors reminded me to enjoy what I have right now.

View from our room

My inner shutterbug likes to take center stage on vacations.

#kvphawaii Sunset dipped behind clouds. Dolphins jumped by boats. Calm before storm, #Maui flood watch

We spotted three dolphins playing in front this boat last night. Squint. You’ll see it. 

I wanted to start snapping away. I knew my iPhone lens would capture a black smudge. I gave up on the perfect Maui photo and enjoyed the impromptu show. I watched dolphins leaping and flicking their tails. I imagined hearing their laughter. I squeezed Mark’s hand.
My favorite part of my first sunset in Maui.

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Photo Sunday: Entrance

An entrance framed in North Park.
Photo Sunday: Entrance: Street Art

Another entrance illuminated in University Heights.
Photo Sunday: Entrance: University Heights
I love these neighborhood signs in San Diego.

Finally, an epic entrance dwarfing Comic-Con fans at PetCo Park. (File this under doing Comic-Con without a badge)

Hello Snoopy!

My entry for this week’s Photo Sunday: Entrance.

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Travel Theme: Off-Centre

I tried to power thru my cold with a hike at Cabrillo National Monument.

We got lucky with the weather yesterday. Storms clouded rolled in after our Point Loma visit.

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Off the Beaten Comic-Con Path: w00tStock

File this under doing Comic-Con without a badge.

I loved the absurd, sentimental, geeky variety show at w00tstock 7.0.

Of course I wanted tickets to see my Star Trek crush Wil Wheaton.

He treated us to a tale about poop.

Alton Brown entertained us with a lullaby for his daughter.
Alton Brown at w00tstock
Also about poop.
(Mental note: avoid shrimp cocktail at airports. Shudder)

A joke from Paul and Storm’s first act stuck around like a broken record during intermission.
Twitter at w00tstock
Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off‘ was on repeat.

The finale was the perfect exclamation point (middle finger) for the evening.

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Commercial Con

We enjoyed Comic Con without badges.
Avoided traffic and parking fees by taking the trolley.
Paid for cool venues that included cocktails, beers and geek heroes.


Enjoyed cosplayers and their amazing works of art without spending a dime.

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Beer, Babes, Hopcon

Glass. Check.
Lanyard. Check.
Hopcon 3.0. Bring it.

It was my first trip to Hopcon: the W00tStout Festival at Stone Brewing in San Diego’s Liberty Station.

So much beer.

It was an epic and tasty night.

2015 w00tstout brewed with ghost peppers and boysenberries. NOM!

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Photo Sunday: Blooming

Blooming beauties on display at the San Diego County Fair.

Roses are red.

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Run Baby Run

Ready to run!

We kicked off the Fourth of July with the Crown City Classic 5K in Coronado.

It felt incredible to run under a huge American flag at the starting line.

The race route took us under the Coronado Bridge.

Crossing the #Coronado5K Finish Line. Time for #Selfie. #RunBabyRun

Coronado Brewing helped celebrate runners crossing the finish line with free beer. Beer before 9 AM, not bad. I love races that end with a tasty treat.

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Baby, You’re A Firework

Just own the night.
Like the Fourth of July.

My first Big Bay Boom on Independence Day. We had the best seats in San Diego on our Flagship cruise.

Come on, let your colors burst!

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I’m on a Boat! Yoga on the USS Midway

“This ain’t Sea World.”
I kept thinking about Andy Samberg and the SNL Skit, “I’m on a Boat,” when we rolled out our yoga mats on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway.

At least 650 people showed up for Yoga on the Midway.
Wellness journey. Nearly 650 people ready for Yoga on the USS Midway. @USSMidwayMuseum

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