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After arriving  in Lihue we went straight  to our car rental hoping they would have the jeep available for our reservation, just about every person in line ahead of us rented one. 

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We stopped for some groceries and headed to Poipu for check in and took beautiful Koloa road to get there. 

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We had a few hours left before sunset so we set out for Poihale Beach on the very  West end of the Island to finish the day. Along the way we saw our first Hawaiian rainbow. Once the black top ended it was a very long extremely rocky road to the beach, the rough gravel eventually turned into large protruding rock and deep potholes in the road, it definitely affirmed the Jeep was a wise decision. 

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img_4558img_4474The next morning we went up to Waimea Canyon, stopped at many of the lookouts and took a short part of Pihea trail before hiking Awa’awapuhi trail. The end of the canyon road overlooks the North shore and the Pihea trail up to a certain point continues those views before connecting to another trail. 



We stopped at a farmers market on the way back to Poipu and tried some Rambutan, bought fresh micro greens and tried coconut treats. We spent the evening on Poipu beach right from the property we stayed.
 

Our third day we checked out and headed early to find the cave nearby created by a sinkhole. We got there and the cave hole was gated off so you couldn’t crawl through, turns out they open it between 10AM-2PM. We decided last minute to catch a helicopter tour, we met a great couple from London we got to share the tour with. It was my third time in a heli and it was quite rough in a few areas but the views were unreal and if I had to choose one island to do an air tour it would be Kauai. On the rest of the way North we went to the Wailua Falls lookout and then we went to the Kamokila Village on the Wailua river to rent a kayak and paddle to Secret Falls trail to the waterfall, the river is the only way to get to the trailhead for this waterfall.


From there we headed to our stay on the very North part of the island in Haena, after getting to our room we realized there was a black mold problem. They moved us to a much cleaner unit for the night but it still had mildew issues and due to health risks we decided to book a different place despite loving the location and the views there. Keep in mind if you have allergies or are sensitive to mold the North shore is a very rainy tropical place where mold can appear quickly inside. 

Before heading to the next place for check-in we started the Kalalu Trail. Again the jeep comes in handy especially getting creative with parking space. The trail had seen a lot of rain over the days before and the day we hiked it was extremely slippery clay mud one way and going through completely running water the other way. We did the 4 mile out and back to the beach, it is a moderate hike but the conditions did make it more difficult and we witnessed many people falling and injured from the weather conditions but the views on the North Shore are worth it in my personal opinion. On the way to the trail parking lot we stopped to check out a couple caves with spiders hanging out nearby but I ran in at my own risk anyway. 


We were famished after the hike and stopped at Bubba’s burgers in downtown Hanalei, turns out it’s a pretty famous place with the likes of many actors and musicians stopping in. The burgers are local pasture grass fed raised yet the patties were surprisingly small in size and while my better half opted for the full on burger I went for the lettuce wrapped version. The female workers there seem to be sporting a similar jewelry line with the prestigious Kauai sunset shell and sea glass found on the beaches there, we inquired about them and found out it’s a local girl from Kauai that collects the pieces on Kauai and makes the jewelry. We bought Bubba’s tees before leaving! We got settled in at our place and later  stopped at one of the stores in Hanalei to see their stock of the jewelry we heard about but didn’t find anything that stuck out, hit up an amazing grilled cheese place that serves homemade ice cream including dairy free homemade coconut ice cream! Back at our place we enjoyed the stars on our lanai outside. 



The next morning we went back to the northern part of the island to a botanical garden, it was an expensive fee however they nurse indigenous endangered species which was neat to learn about. It smelled incredible with all the exotic flowers which by the way is abundant on the Kalalu trail. 

We went on a jewelry hunt for a piece by Caitlin Ross Odom. I found a ring in Haena by the local artist and a bracelet in Poipu. Crossing bridges along the way the rule is 5-7 cars cross and then yield to the oncoming cars since the North shore bridges are one lane. Driving the whole island around we saw incredibly beautiful landscapes. We stopped to see how the Taro fields were being planted and harvested and pulled out for many of the lookouts. 

Kauai banned plastics 5 years ago on the entire island. Kauai is also notably a vocal GMO free place since GMO’s are invasive for native plant life, Kauai is especially against this type of danger to their indigenous species. Out of islands Kauai, Maui and Oahu so far Kauai is by far the best island. Once we see the Big Island the verdict will be in. 

On the way to the airport to head on to the next island we stopped for one last waterfall. 

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Remembered treasures

One of the most memorable traditions we started doing on my side of the family is going out to get ‘the tree’. We all hop in the car and head to a tree farm in central Minnesota. Running and laughing in the snow and through the fragrant pines is such a wistful nostalgia. In all competitiveness we each set out and try to find the best tree aka the one mom will like! We take turns inspecting and giving our constructive ahem opinions on each other’s newly found tree. Snowball fights erupt and it’s like the guys are literally camouflaging themselves in the trees ready for a takedown. After all possible nominations are observed we look to mom to make the final call. We make sure to get a family photo in there somewhere and dad whips out the saw and hands it off first to the youngest up to the oldest to take a turn sawing it down. The tree goes through a shaking process to get rid of loose and dead needles and then tied up to throw in the back or on top of the vehicle. It’s brought in the house and set up on the stand, and we watch this massive tree begin to unfurl. It’s positioned just right and trimmed if needed and we all step back to gauge just how big and how much space it actually takes up. My husband and I take turns celebrating Christmas with his family and with my family, but every year we do this together. I love that even when we may not be with them on Christmas Day, there is this symbolic presence of our family together. Sometimes Wade and I take our own tree home, but with our busy season this year and not hardly being home, we wouldn’t have been able to care for or even enjoy our own tree. Besides the old-timey Christmas music playing constantly (Sinatra, Guaraldi Trio) and present wrapping there isn’t much proof of Christmas around the corner at home. I don’t have much seasonal decor to begin with besides a few things I have made, and since we didn’t have our own tree to decorate I didn’t bother grabbing the measly box for that out of storage. I did happen to buy some new ornaments on sale for next year and that came in handy. I used an old table runner to makeshift some bows. I also took some clippings from our annual tree chopping to use at home somehow. So even though I don’t have my own tree and I don’t have the means to deck my halls, it amazes me all it takes is a just glance or a breath of the little fir needles and I have this amazing and joyful sensory journey back to all of what transpired with my family the day we found the tree.

Remember and celebrate our Savior being born, enjoy good times with loved ones!
Merry Christmas

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A time to heal

So, this is belated and I really hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Let me tell you it is NOT at all easy to travel with food restrictions, let alone abiding the Auto Immune Protocol. We were in blessedly warm weather in Florida visiting Wade’s family for the big meal. I love to travel (and see family/friends), but I really feel the backlash of all the extra input. One of the worst things about my autoimmune disease is that I burn up way more energy than my body is creating. The term “fight or flight”… Well my body is constantly in fight mode so it’s like super alert high energy and then bam crash and burn within hours. This ebb and flow constantly is draining. Fortunately following AIP, rest, supplements, meditation, prayer, my husband and family have all been helpful to address this. Luckily, my husband is a hero! He is a sweet, dependable, strong and loving man who just totally blows me away. He is always looking out for me and always steps in and diligently perceives when I am battling my body and having low or lack of energy. Dealing with normal hormone fluctuations is tough enough, now the take that times 17.5 cause that’s the multiple to get to where I’m at from ‘normal’! One thing, even with doctor’s orders, I have had to learn is to let go of some ‘control’ and accept help when I need it. I love cooking for him and I love even more when we cook together, but it warms my too rapid heart-rate when he steps in and says ‘Babe I got this, go relax’. I used to fight it and it is still very hard not to, but doing that- for what? In a situation where we don’t have much control at all in the matter, this is his way of helping me heal and what I can control is accepting that. I acknowledge this loving gift and realize fighting it hurts him and me and my healing process. So he consistently chops sweet potatoes, makes batches of cauli-rice, helps keep the house operational, not to mention run a business, eagle eyeing to make sure there’s no cross contamination for me and shouting things like “Thyme and Garlic right?” Wow, just woah, I am so thankful for him. Thankful The Lord chose him for me. He is a rock through the exaggerating emotions and physical symptoms of autoimmunity.

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North Dakota Calendar

North Dakota is this land of nature and vastness and beauty. And though it is still growing on me I find so much peace in God’s creation here. Even though it’s not the same as it was when I first moved here, on this 5th generation farm in 2008, and this oil boom is bustling, these ever changing effects on our surroundings don’t ever stop the glory and majesty of His creations from being present. I am so blessed to have a career that allows me to be outside in the midst of nature. It only fuels my adoration, wonder and passion to photograph it. I have compiled some photos for a 2015 North Dakota Calendar. It’s my first go at this kind of thing, but I am SO happy about how they turned out and I think you’ll really enjoy it!

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Although these did not make it on to the calendar this year I have to share with you a few photos I took near our farm. In fact most of the calendar photos were taken within a 5 mile distance. There are a couple in the calendar from the Badlands in Medora, ND that include wild buffalo and wild horses!

Some Antelope on our land we ran into during Golden Hour…

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The Old Schoolhouse 2 miles down the road…

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A Foggy Evening…

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Now for a preview of What is IN the calendar and if you are wondering the actual calendar photos will not be watermarked.

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Praise Yahweh from the earth,
you great sea creatures, and all depths!
Lightning and hail, snow and clouds;
stormy wind, fulfilling his word;
mountains and all hills;
fruit trees and all cedars;
wild animals and all livestock;
small creatures and flying birds;

-Ps. 148:7-10

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