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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Day Three- "Hana Bound"

Doodlebear sleeping, (It got much worse than this).
Lono and I woke up and went right to work on making french press coffee and then headed out to find what new adventures were in store, as well as peace and serenity. We took the back way through Haiku to head slowly to the remote and lush horse town of Hana.  Lono must not have slept well the night before, as he gave me a good hard belly laugh when he slept with his head out the window.  I had to wonder if people thought he was even alive, as he was totally passed out. Our first stop was the often photographed from afar, but rarely visited Honomanu Bay.  All alone in the mornings sunshine, Lono played in the water while I enjoyed strolling along the ocean side with my thoughts and then later, my camera.  We shared a quick meal and carried on, already feeling like a billion bucks.                                                                    
Honomanu Bay
A stop we always make every trip to Hana is in Ka'enae.  There is a secret coconut spot which also offers ridiculous views of the rich coastline. I saw a playful dragonfly and Lono husked a coconut in less than a minute... His new record!  We cruised slow to Hana Bay for an incredible swim in the ocean with my mutt, who was a ham enough to draw a small crowd of children.  They loved giving Lono commands to fetch his ball in the water.  We stopped at Koki beach where the surf was up, and made our way slowly to our campsite for the night in Kipahulu by the 7 sacred pools.  I chose the corner spot, on the ocean, next to the trails. 
We fetched firewood on a mini hike, (Lono loves dragging trees and sticks), and made a pile by the grill pit for later.  I painted a bit and then chopped up a dinner of eggplant, potato, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and rosemary and basil from our garden, and made a hobo pack in aluminum foil.  Some "right out of college" guys showed up beside me later with their charcoal and lots of lighter fluid.  I seriously had an inner giggle when I saw them struggle to keep the coals lit.  They drunkenly stopped by my site later to tell me how dumb I made them feel by blowing on my sticks and getting my fire going faster than theirs. I told em', "Didn't mean to hurt your egos city boys!" After they inquired a little more about me and "What is a girl like me doin' alone out here?", I gave them the schpeel on my birthday gift to self, along with informing them about my protective dog who's trained in German, and of course, my husband. Never was I harsh... I was just making certain my "off limits bubble" was inflated.         

A peaceful night by the fire, some guitar, some great food, and being by the salty rhythmic ocean with my furry monkey at my feet... Life doesn't get much better than that...

Kaenae (Click to enlarge any picture, but especially this one!)

Looking down on our camp spot from the trail.  Can you see the van?
Lono Mono posing like a ham.
Happy Horse in Hana =]

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XOXO- Danielle (Queen B.)  =]

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Barktoberfest!

While I take a mini-break about my camping adventures, I'd like to get back to the important stuff.... PETS!  Even though there were no actual pets at this years Maui Humane Society fundraiser, "Barktoberfest"... It was obvious that they were the stars of the night, and in everyones thoughts and hearts.  I made so many wonderful new friends and met so many fellow pet fanatics; from volunteers, to staff, to MHS supporters, my smile was from ear to ear when I left.  The food was great, the drinks were great (Maui Brewing Co.), the music was great, the atmosphere was great, and of course the people there supporting the wonderful cause were amazing.  My mid-October resolution is to find more volunteer time to give to MHS... After all, they gave me the best gift anyone could ever give me... my best little buddy, Lono Mono Marsh!  =]  A big giant "MAHALO" toMHS staff, supporters, and volunteers for all that you do!

And while I didn't really get a chance to take many pictures as I was busy selling tickets and "obsessively" selling flowers, I did manage to snap a few.... CLICK on each picture to enlarge. :)

Wonderful Volunteers!

More volunteers and staff of MHS, Dr. Kim and her lovely daughter.

How cool is this?  The only pet there was made completely of fresh flowers!

My obsession was selling every last one of these beautiful bouquets made for the event by Bella Bloom.  The "vase" was a dog bowl... How creative is that? Thanks Bella Bloom!

One of the nights performers were the "Haiku Hillbilly's" (Awesome!). Also there were the Cool Cats (who ROCKED out), and an oompa (SP?) band!

Keiki Corner!
This really was a wonderful night... If you didn't make it this year, make sure to mark your calender next year!  And speaking of calenders... The MHS calenders will be coming out soon... Woo hoo! 

If you would like to make a donation to MHS, you can do so by clicking on the pug on my contact page here: www.queenbphotography.com/contact

Have a wonderful Sunday!  XOXO- Danielle (Queen B.)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Day Two- "When Nature Calls"

I thought I would've slept miserably with no Tommy and in the bitter cold, (you mainlanders would laugh or scowl, as "bitter cold" to me was at least in the 50's). I fell asleep easily though and when I woke, it was pitch black and chilly.  I immediately thought, "Oh no, here we go... I'm waking up at midnight just so I can toss and turn for hours trying to fall back asleep."  I had a sense of relief when I realized I was in the fetal position completely submerged under the sleeping bag, and then disappointment set in when I uncovered and realized that I had actually overslept past sunrise, (which is why most people go to Haleakala in the first place).  Lono and I started our morning driving to the top anyway, and once we got there, we had it all too ourselves as all the tourists had vanished.  The crater, which could hold all of Manhattan, never seizes to take my breath away, whether streaming with fluorescent colors or glowing in the sunlight.
The crater a bit past sunrise.

On the way back down, I stopped back at the campground to make some coffee with my two burner and french press, a definite camping necessity for a Carroll.  Then we were ready to head into the woods, and the days choice was easy... Maui's own redwood forest.  Most don't even know that a redwood forest exists outside of Northern California, let alone in Maui, but I am somewhat grateful for its secrecy and moderately difficult road that leads to it's incredible trails.  When I got there, there were surprisingly numerous children and parents scurrying about... Likely on a boyscout adventure.

Where's Lono? =]

Lono and I, equipped with water, snacks, TP, camera, pepper spray, and a pocket knife, headed into the towering forest.  Immediately, I felt burdenless and free... with no fear of the miles ahead.  For Lono, a single stick is the equivalent to drugs for a crackhead, and so I let him get his "fix" as the nutcase he is... galloping and chasing and chewing and shaking all the branches he could find.  We did the 5 mile loop trail and the experience was outrageously amazing.  From being in a thick cloud cover, to the young, yet large redwoods, to the flowered meadows and fields of ferns, I was invigorated. There were numerous pig tracks but very few signs of human life.  In fact we did not see a single person the entire time, (which felt strange but wonderful), and when the hike ended back at the PoliPoli campground, my hair stood on end and I got a shiver at the sight.  Just my van and one other car remained in the earlier crowded parking lot.  Apparently the boy-scouts were packing up when we got there, not setting up.  The cars door was open as if someone were watching me so I was quick to snap a picture, (just in case).  I leashed Lono up and slowly made my way towards the van.  Potentially worse then a lurker was the bashed up and mangled car someone had taken the liberty of destroying.  Why the van was untouched, I'll never know.  Maybe because of the security alarm?  My heart beating out of my chest, we loaded up and drove away.  There was a grungy guy in a pickup at the top of the hill... I didn't even make eye contact, I just kept on keeping on. 

License plate GPE425. Poor innocent little car...
A few mini-hikes and the mandatory relaxation for the rest of the day, we stayed at high elevations and caught sunset before calling it quits. This sunset was special because we watched it IN the clouds, (which was a first for me).  If you've never seen a sunset in a cloud, I highly recommend it.  It's a whole different world. It is like entering into a world of color... Like the most radical and psychedelic tinted sunglasses you could ever own with a giant dose of haze and mystery thrown in.  An amazing end to our wonderful adventure and with the next day to look forward too, we fell right to sleep. 


After all, that's what life should be about, right?  While we mope about work and money and petty shenanigans, we should really be looking forward to the next day, and being grateful for all we have.

Here are some more pictures from our hike and sunset:

My attempt to get Lono facing the camera on a self timer. Hahaha!
Even if this is part of a restoration project, (which I'm not sure of), my inner tree hugger still weeps at the numbers.

Monks, (one of his many nicknames), chillin' in the beautiful meadow. 

Had to do it... A throne fit for a Queen.... B. ;-)

Sunset IN the clouds. It "felt" so surreal.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Camp Trip- Day Numero Uno "A Walk in the Clouds"

I've been asked over and over again about my camp trip, and I know for a fact that one blog will not do unless I bombard you with pictures and stories.  So here we go... Day by day... Lono & I's life on the road and our journeys into the woods....

Tommy and I made an agreement before I left that I had to spend my nights in the van since he was not with me and I could lock the doors. At first, I felt a little bummed because I really wanted to be a full blown hobo, but it turned out for the best and allowed us to see MANY places, since we were camping on wheels. 

We hiked well over 5 miles everyday, and spent the rest of our time in nature, thinking, writing, painting, and meeting other adventures.  Day 1 we went up up and away.... into the clouds, past the clouds, and to the top of Haleakala.  A friend warned me that dogs weren't allowed on trails... but we bent some rules... AND then got kicked off the trail by a ranger... I just don't get why dogs aren't allowed?  I mean, people poo too, right? ;)

Enough about poo and silly pet rules... Our short lived hike was through a glorious eucalyptus grove.  The coolness, the smells, the sounds, and my best little buddy by my side... I knew then that this trip was exactly what I needed in my life.  With no computer and my cell phone kept off, (except for my promised morning and evening "check ins" with Tommy), I felt awakened to the "real world".  Afterwards, we caught the sunset above the clouds and spent the night at Hosmer's Grove campground in Haleakala National Park, (Note: They no longer allow any fires of any sort in the camping area). 

Here are some of our day one pictures... Click to enlarge.

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Here's the border of crossing into the clouds.  You can even see the ocean!

This moo cow was chillin' in his cool and cloudy meadow.

Heaven?
A gift from Tommy and a sincere weakness of mine that makes most people go "ECK!"
Panda All Natural Black Licorice

Crazy cool eucalyptus trees in the clouds.

Watching the sunset, just me and the boy, at our awesome little lookout we found.
Lono being an excellent guard dog. =]

 *If you were here, let me know, by leaving a comment down below! :-) Have a wonderful Hump Day!*

Monday, October 4, 2010

Halfway to Fifty! :)

I reckon this could be mistaken as a pessimistic outlook on my birthday today, but it's actually the exact opposite!  I am GRATEFUL to be here, to have been born in the first place, to be healthy, to be happy, to live where I do, to do what I do, my awesome dog, my spectacular family, and my incredible friends.  Today is my day to, (above all), be grateful! 

The journey to 25 has been quite the ride! Here is a little lifeline and my own proof that life is what you make of it and always be grateful, no matter what! :)

  • My parents divorced when I was 3... My Dad raised us, and he was the best parents we could have ever asked for... and still is! :)
  • My first through 7th grade pictures would crack you up to no end... I have been the definition of ugly duckling, freckle faced, four eyed geek, WITH braces and crazy hair to boot. I have since had the oppurtunity to model for brochures, magazines, and stock photography... and been offered to compete as Miss Pennsylvania. (So if you're a dork, DIG IT!). ;)
  • Kindergarten through college, I was an "A" average student in a small town... Most assumed I would spend the next life in college becoming something equivalent to a doctor or an accountant... At age nineteen, I saw little value in money and the mandatory education spoof, and felt my time would be better spent becoming educated through travels and real life experiences... I became a wanderer doing volunteer work. Riding a different wave has allowed me to see almost every state, numerous countries, and helped me discover my passions: travel, pets, farming, and the obvious, photography!
  • At age 25, I have a dog child here in Maui... I have family that I miss, but keep in touch with, I have brothers who have made me a proud Aunt, I have friends whom I've reconnected with after all these years, and new ones that I feel fortunate to meet.  I sell homes, make pictures, and am writing my book, (which is accepted for publication!!!). =] 
Halfway to fifty... and a whole 25 more years before I'm there! I can't wait to see what adventures life has in store for me, what people I'll meet, where we'll be then.... I do not fear my age, for life is what you make of it and you are only as old as you feel you are... 

Some of the ways I felt especially special on my birthday:
Tommy got me a half dozen of my favorite NY style everything bagels! I had junk in my teeth when he took this. =)

Then we went to the park down the street to play with Lono... =)
He wanted to know what I wanted for dinner. I said, "Let's go to the grocery store and figure out something neither one of us have made before and make it from scratch." Veggie spring rolls and chow mein, and they turned out AWESOME, (and we had so much fun)! If you know me, you know I LOVE to cook. ;-)

I found these notes in my dresser drawers and by my computer, as well as got this wonderful homemade card with a drawing of me on my upcoming solo birthday camp trip. Love it!
I adore the cards and ecards I got, like this one from my good friend Mitch and his adorable daughter, Addy! (We actually share the same birthday). It plays "The Hampster Dance"! =)

And of course, the hundreds of wonderful birthday wishes I received from my wonderful facebook friends and family!
I leave on the 5th for my birthday camping journey... I'm SO EXCITED!  Stay tuned, and if you haven't already, check out Queen B. Photography on Facebook. Mahalo!

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After writing this blog, I found out that a warm, wonderful, incredibly kind-hearted, and absolutely hilarious person that I knew from my younger days passed away.  It was a terrible accident after his friends wedding and he was killed by a train.  My heart remains in my throat... as he was only 24 years old with so much more happiness and joy to spread. My sincerest and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Brad Timbrook of the Hampshire County Police Department. Your smile will never be forgotten... R.I.P.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

10 Minutes with Puppies in Paradise

I was ECSTATIC when I got the message back from Aimee saying that her pups had opened their peepers and were ready for their big debut to the world.  It was a brief session, as I had my loyal pooch in the van, (chillin in the A/C because he's a spoiled brat), and the pups heat up in the sun pretty quick too...so I got into mission mode.  Brief hello's, hugs, and snatching up handfuls of pups, I had a flash of a premonition that my day was obviously going to be a good one. 

There was no better place to capture these beauties than "The Lahaina Oceanfront Estate", with its insanely green lawn overlooking the Lahaina harbor, (I totally get why people get married there!).  The sweet babes had just woken from their nap time and so I went right to work, (if you can call following around the most adorable fuzz butts work?).  Ten minutes later, the pups were ready to take shade and find Momma for some breakfast.  On the drive back to Wailuku, it took every single smidget of willpower I had to keep from looking at the pictures while driving, (we have a cell phone law, but I'm not sure if there's a camera law?). ;-)  I honestly didn't think we had enough time to get much of anything, but I was presently surprised by how much of these cuties character came through. 

This leads me to my final thought for today... I get asked why I prefer pets to people... pets are perfect, ALWAYS, period.  They are absolutely joyous, and spending a day smiling til' my cheeks need a deep tissue massage is the epitome of me in my happy place. Pets do not ask me to make them look thinner, remove their blemishes, or "bark", or gripe, or prefectify anything. (Perfectify?, COOL!). And one of the absolute main reasons I LOVE it, (besides the pets themselves), is because when I share my pictures with you, I hope that I also share with you the joy I get from it, and more importantly, a BIG, fat, cheeky grin! =] 

Puppy Love and Aloha,
Danielle (Queen B.)
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That one is really crackin' himself up!!! Hahaha =D

Hangin' out

Happy Snuggle Babies

CUTIES! :)
 
"Arroooooooo....."

I love how the one in the back is catching a view while holdin' the fort down. =]
Baby bone

Wave Watchers
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