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Y2D210 and penultimates

Today was my penultimate day in Hawaii, and penultimate day on this long trip home. I took a tour and visited Pearl Harbour to see the USS Missouri and USS Arizona Memorial. I found out much more from that period in history, and (of course) met more Australians. The memorial is very comprehensive and in an active military base, so it was a little surprising to see this ship flying the Canadian colours.


Y2D206 and last port

Thursday found the ship in Nawiliwili on Kauai for our last (overnight) stop on this cruise. I hadn’t any shore trips planned so had a lazy morning, with pilates and hula classes, then took the trolley bus for some more souvenir shopping. My side of the ship has a beautiful view of the old sugar plant so we’re using the other side for today’s drawing pleasure.


Y2D205 and stud farms

Wednesday was a visit to the seahorse ‘farm’ near Kilau-Kona on the Big Island. This organisation is about raising seashorses in capitivity so that they can improve stocks in the wild. It was all very interesting and I did learn a lot. Afterwards I was dropped off at Hilo Hatties for my first proper souvenir jaunt. It was a beautiful, sunny day but the sun was too strong for me (this was the middle of the day) so I escaped back to the cool (and champers) of my balcony.


Y2D204 and getting high

I was very excited about Tuesday’s sightseeing trip – we drove to the top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island to visit the observatories up there. This is over 13,000ft high so we needed to spend a little time building up those red blood cells at 9,000ft. It was certainly worth the view as we had a beautiful clear day above the clouds and could easily see Haleakala Crater on Maui. We also were able to see inside Keck I telescope, but unfortunately all the astronomers were asleep so it was not “switched on”. Afterwards we stopped by a lava tube park for lunch and also had a quick visit to the Liliuokalani Gardens to stretch our legs. It was a great day, and big thank you to Ikaika for being such a fantastic guide. This is a quick sketch of the mountain ridge from our 9,000ft stop.


Y2D203 and floral treats

My sightseeing trip was cancelled today (Monday), so it was just a day of mooching around the ship; I don’t really fancing going shopping in a mall. I also spent time playing with my watercolours and inks, using the enormous orchid in my stateroom (cabin) for inspiration.


Y2D202 and expressive Maui

I managed half an hour between yoga, haircuts and sightseeing to sketch the view from my balcony of the mountains past Kahului on Maui in a combination of watersoluble wax crayons, ink and pen. Not that you can tell, but there is a lot of low lying cloud obscuring the top of the ranges outside of town.


Today’s (Sunday) sightseeing trip was a sunset excursion up to Haleakala Crater, that afforded (when the weather permitted) spectacular views.

Y2D201 and all aboard

I’m back on dry land, so I can now upload all these posts from my week on the ship.

Saturday was a really slack day, mostly booking shore excursions and cursing my computer for failing to access the internet. I also embarked on the Pride of America for my first ever (albeit solo) cruise, which was an interesting experience. Quite overwhelming (for me at least) with all these people in one place, but I signed myself up for some yoga classes and that with my day trips should keep me out of mischief for a while.

So here is a quick sketch of my v.luxurious balcony. I just need to find someone to share that enormous bottle of champers with now…


Y2D167 and walkies

We had a pub lunch today so I thought I would go for a little walk to work it off. You know, just to see what was down the other side of esteemed sibling’s apartment building. Well, little walk turned into a 12km ramble as I ended up by the beautiful Victorian Crossness Pumping Station at Belvedere. Luckily it was a beautiful sunny day with a pleasant breeze coming off the river, and a few sketching opportunities along the way, such as this container ship being loaded on the opposite bank of the Thames.


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