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Wow, What a Reunion!

Just arrived back from a great family reunion, except for one grandson (me crying!) We took the I-80 from Salt Lake City, Utah to Reno, Nevada. We didn’t intend to drive in a caravan, but it ended up that three cars drove pretty close together all along the way. We Marco Polo’d as we drove (it is an app that you can record live to your party and receive live messages back -kind of like a walkie talkie, but with video). It is great because you keep abreast of where everyone is, can tell jokes, and warn of police cars, etc. One of our newest driver permit holders was driving the car we were following, so that was pretty exciting!!

Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe

A side note: I-80 Interstate freeway goes all the way from San Francisco, California east to Teaneck, New Jersey (just outside of New York City).

Another car came from Arizona with the rest of the gang except for one grandson (me crying, again), but with an additional boyfriend (yeah!). Our destination goal had been predetermined by our youngest son who had served his mission in the Las Vegas West Mission, which included Reno, part of California, and down to Vegas. I-80 is pretty exciting (not!) except you get to see part of the Bonneville Salt Flats, which are dried up desert lakes that cover 30000 acres. They were pretty amazing!

Bonneville Salt Flats



Once we got past that it was miles and miles of I-80 (about 7 hours worth from SLC) with several hungry kids and technological gadgets and chargers. The time just flew by! haha. A few pitstops later, we finally made it to Reno to a very nice hotel which was welcomed by all.

As if we weren’t tired from a day of driving, we all headed for the local movie theater to watch Spider-Man: Far from Home, and since we missed our dinner meal we ate plenty of popcorn!

The next day was very exciting as we headed for Lake Tahoe. The altitude of Lake Tahoe is 6225 feet above sea level and Salt Lake City’s altitude is 4226. Needless to say, it was an uphill climb most of the way. But, it was all worth it to see this magnificent lake. We ended up at Sand Harbor and some of our party rented canoes and set sail!

While the rest of us enjoyed the sunshine, cool water, and took in the beautiful scenery, the men were busy BBQ’ing our lunch. Yum!!

Liana checking on our lunch – thanks guys!!

Some of the gang that went to see the rocks on the other side of the bay.
After lunch, we took a hike to the other side of the bay. Wow – What a site!

Since this is getting pretty long, l will continue with day two of our trip on the next post. Here is more about Lake Tahoe:

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Take a Day Cruise in Hawaii

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There are a few day cruises you can take when you are on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Perhaps you live on the island and just want a short getaway from the hectic pace of work and traffic. Or you may be visiting from another island or the US mainland. Visitors from all over the world come to Hawaii and take a day cruise on Oahu.

My husband and I went on the Navatek Dinner Cruise for our 35th anniversary. The Navatek is a state-of-the-art vessel that has received awards for ship design. It has been hailed as being the most comfortable and most stable ride in all of Hawaii according to Forbes Magazine.

We boarded the ship early evening and had a buffet of delicious tropical foods they call the surf ‘n turf in the Blue Hawaii Room.

Afterward you could either enjoy the live entertainment, walk up on the deck and enjoy the sunset, or just watch the Honolulu lights on the shore.

If you are fortunate, you may be able to spot a whale or some dolphins. The cruise is very affordable, takes about two hours and travels down past Diamond Head to see where some of the rich and famous of Hawaii live around the Kahala coastline.

For a more cozy and personal experience, you can take a morning or afternoon cruise on a catamaran. You will be able to see any sealife right up close including dolphins and sea turtles. The cruise lasts about two hours long and snacks are available as well as a full-service bar. The cruise starts near Waikiki Beach at the Kewalo Basin. There is room for about thirty people.

There are other day cruises available, but by far the most exciting during whale season in Hawaii is the Star of Honolulu Whale Watch Cruise.

Whales like to come to Hawaii during the months of December through May. The cruise offers naturalist experts who share their knowledge about the beautiful mammals. You can also hear the underwater whale songs on a hydrophone.

During the off season when the whales are traveling elsewhere, the cruise offers other activities like ukulele playing, hula dancing, and lei making. The cruise takes between two hours and two and a half hours.

For more information about the day cruises from Oahu, see hawaiidiscount.com or allhawaiitours.com