Saturday, September 11, 2010
How I Spent My Saturday
We took off early Saturday morning to deliver 2 dozen eggs to a friend's office right in Pahoa. Of course, one doesn't just drop off eggs, collect the money, and leave. No, no... you visit a bit, talk story and exchange each other's latest news. It was like that back in Bonners Ferry, too - just a small town, rural way of life. I love it!
Then we drove up the hill as far as Mountain View to go to the Hilo Coffee Mill farmer's market... what fun! I've been hearing good things about it, and although it's quite small, the vendors are all so friendly! Lots of free samples & tastes of goodies. We sat and talked with a furniture maker guy for about 1/2 hour, bought some candied ginger and Japanese pickled vegies from another booth, and walked around the beautiful grounds a bit before getting back in the car.
Next stop was at friend Carey's house, right in Kea'au, to drop off the box of picnic stuff left after Scuba Sunday last weekend. We also wanted to see all the progress on their place... She's done some stunning tilework: dolphins on the guest room floor, humpback whales in the shower... beautiful! Played with the rescue dog, Kiko, a bit and then away we went for lunch at the Kea'au Marketplace. There are many tiny lunch shops there and we thought we'd try something different. Ended up at Ma's Place - very friendly ladies running the place, and really fresh and tasty food: Mike had shrimp & chips and a small salad; I had Oriental Chicken salad with half chicken & half fish. Both were ono grinds!
Onwards to Hilo! If you have a museum membership you can get in free to other museums this month only. We have membership at the Lyman and had been wanting to take advantage of this wonderful offer, so today we went to the Tsunami Museum. We'd never been there before... it was awesome! Well organized, amazing exhibits, lots of information. The building used to be a bank; built very solid and sturdy. You watch a touching video inside the vault. I 'saved' Hawaii from a 'tsunami' generated in Alaska on their tsunami warning system simulator... made the right call and set off the sirens... how cool is that?! We spent a couple hours in there, then as we were walking back to our car, we ran into Leslie (for whom we had recently built a Hubbell Bubble chicken coop) so stopped to chat with her a bit.
About 5 minutes after we returned home, our very good friend Royall pulled up! He'd been doing something nearby and thought he'd just drop by... I love it! More "sit, talk story." We'll be going over to his place for dice & ice cream later this evening.
Whew!! Never a dull moment on the weekends, eh? And that's just Saturday!