Day 55 - Haleiwa - North Shore Oahu (Hawaii)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

We spent the morning mainly playing at the house and watching some surfing DVDs. The best one was about the history of surfing, really interesting. Some of these guys are super crazy, surfing 80-100ft waves much further out to sea than the ones we are watching using jet skis to drag them onto the waves and rescue them afterwards. We are getting psyched up for our surf lessons over the next few days. We are in Hawaii, it'd be rude not to try it. Hoping for waves closer to 80 centimetres though.

It's a really hot day today so we whack up the air con and drive for another dose of shave ice. Dylan and Emma popped to a shop whilst the others queued for the shave ice. Dylan practically floored the lady who owned the shop. She asked me where we were from and Dylan from under the counter, where she can't see him, pipes up "Croydon, near London in England, but at the minute we are just travelling". Next question, 'how old is he?'. Dylan again, "mummy how old am I now? Oh yes two and a half, three in something called September". We talked some more about our trip where we had been and where we were heading. The lady had so many questions and clearly thought we were a little bit mad.

Shave Ices were yummy. Dylan chose the rainbow one again, and we opted for strawberry cream on the other. Dylan made a better choice as it gets a bit samey with all one flavour. Taya insisted on joining in the fun, this one is no wallflower, so she got ice with the flavour sucked out of it. After the initial look of surprise at the temperature she seemed to really like it.

We stopped at a beach just down from our usual, called Three Tables. We built a few sand castles - Dylan was slightly disappointed when Emma explained that constructing a snowman like we did at home in the snow might be a little tricky due to dry sprinkley sand and a lack of time. Of course watched some surfers. Taya had a little dip in the sea, covered herself in sand, ate the obligatory handful, and watched patiently as her giraffe was buried alive in the sand. She lurched forward to rescue him. This is her latest 'trick', bouncing up and down whilst seated and launching forward. Fine on the beach, not so much fun on the wooden floors. Emma's favourite game is to guess the age of the surfers as they stroll down the street. Check them from behind and you would put them at 25 - 30, see their faces and they are probably about 45 - 50. This surfing lifestyle is definitely good for you. Rich is impressed at the excuse for 'checking them from behind'!

Back home for a play in our shady garden and a swing on the hammock whilst the tea is created - yummy salmon tonight.

Dylan and Rich had their early evening stroll to past the beach and on to the supermarket. We stopped off at several convertible cars and looked around for the owners to ask for a ride before heading to the fire station to try there. Emma suggests that the firemen might have been out surfing, but is firmly put in her place as they are of course out working.
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Grandma Lizzie x on

See you in Cape Town, Dylan.
Grandma Lizzie is taking a little bag called Boys Stuff with her and inside I have put your baby Mini Cooper , the bigger yellow and black model and the petrol tanker!

Liz Cheyne x on

Over the 3,000 visitors mark - fantastic!

Gwen Irvine via Liz's extracts on

Whew!!!! 50+ days already, time has gone so quickly. I think you are going to see Dylan not as a little boy but a little man, so cute. I'm sure Taya is having fun and learning so much. Hope Richard can master his surfing skills to show off when he comes to Hermanus although the sea a bit colder here. They are doing a good job of parenting and I'm sure have learned so much along their journey. You must be so proud of them.


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