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Maui and Kaua’i Day 1: The Cat’s Meow

sunny 104 °F

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One thing has changed since our last travel post: this June when Daniel was taking out the trash, he encountered a tiny kitten abandoned by her mother. We have named her Flora because she was hiding under a flower pot. In order to be able to go on our trip, we had to find proper accommodations for her. Thankfully, Catherine’s parents agreed to watch her. We set up these two tents as a home for her while she is there, and they also let her out for play time with supervision.

Catherine’s aunts and uncles were hosting a retirement party for her parents, so we went to the party and then went back to the house to get Flora settled. She seemed happily snuggled with her toys and ready for her “stay-cation” in Fresno. Then we drove to San Jose to begin our journey, and had dinner with a delicious dessert of pineapple pie, and a night of playing 500 with Daniel’s parents.

Posted by danielcatherine 15:41 Archived in USA Tagged cat party flora retirement 500 pineapple fresno stay-cation pineapple_pie Comments (1)

Kauai Day 3: Pineapple Princess and the Dancers of Fire

overcast 81 °F

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Started the day with the same breakfast we had regularly in the Azores: sweet bread, pineapple, and passionfruit juice.
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Then we headed off to Hole in the Mountain Farms/ Kauai Sugarloaf Pineapples for our second pineapple tour of the month. The sugarloaf pineapple is white and lacks much of the acid and fiber that the typical yellow pineapple has. Our tour was led by the owner of the farm, who had a great deal of scientific information for us. It was interesting to the adults, but our niece and nephew Aubrey and Dalton preferred to play near the car with Daniel’s dad.
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The inside of the leaves of the pineapple contain the respiratory cells, which the farmer explained are kept closed all day and only opened at night, which leads to great drought tolerance.
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A pile of “slips,” which are produced by pineapple plants and can be grown into new plants.
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A cover crop of sunn hemp or Crotalaria, which is planted in used pineapple fields to restore nutrients to the soil. The farmer says that Hawaii’s soil is very poor, but that the temperature makes things grow well nonetheless.
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Some pictures of the pineapple fields.
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Us in the fields.
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The flowers, or baby pineapples. These grow right with the mature pineapples, which is very different from how it is done at Arruda Ananás or at Maui Gold. You learn so much by touring multiple pineapple plantations.
Then we had the opportunity to plant pineapples. Some of the tour started wondering whether we had been tricked into performing agricultural labor and paying for the privilege.
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Daniel’s Uncle Peter planting a pineapple.
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Daniel’s cousin Gretchen planting a pineapple.
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Daniel planting a pineapple.
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Catherine planting a pineapple.
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Daniel’s mom planting a pineapple.
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Daniel’s Aunt Jackie planting a pineapple.
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Us again.
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We also got the chance to pick our own pineapples.
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Pineapple Princess redux.
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After this the farmer, Jude, cut some pineapple for us and let us try it. It was delicious. Very sweet and low-acid. Jude was convinced that we would no longer like yellow pineapple, we agreed that we still like yellow pineapple, especially Maui Gold.
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They also make pineapple frosties, out of nothing but pineapple. They were pretty delicious.
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After a brief rest and change of clothes at the house, we went to the luau.
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Catherine with her Blue Hawaii.
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A beautiful rainbow formed as we were watching the beginnings of the hula show.
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Us under the rainbow.
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Some pictures of the show, with dancers performing dances of various Polynesian cultures, including Hawaiian, Samoan, and Maori dances.
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The fire knife dancers were very impressive. Some of them danced with two fire knives, and some crouched on top of each other while spinning the knives. It was a very impressive show.
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Aubrey loved the “pink tree.”

Posted by danielcatherine 02:05 Tagged new_zealand hawaii maori sugarloaf luau pineapple polynesian samoa pineapple_princess fire_dances blue_hawaii hole_in_the_mountain Comments (1)

Portugal Day 13: The Mouth of Hell

all seasons in one day 74 °F

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Some pictures of our house in Ponta Delgada. It is three stories, and has very nice common areas. Our room is in the attic and has a very low ceiling, but is nice and comfortable nonetheless.
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A quick breakfast of local pineapple and a toasted bolo lêvedo (basically an English muffin) with jam.
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Our first stop was a mountain with an excellent view, especially of Lagoa do Fogo (lake of fire...but it seems to be full of water.). The fog and mist made it difficult to see some of the view, but it was still wonderful.
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What the Azoreans call a conteira, also called kahili ginger.
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After this we visited a distillery that makes a variety of liqueurs that we were able to try. We were not allowed to take pictures inside, so there aren’t any here.
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Next we visited the Gorreana Tea Plantation, which is one of two commercial tea plantations in Europe, both of which are in São Miguel.
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Around the “factory” and the fields of Gorreana. No one was sorting or processing tea today, but we got to see the machines and the fields where the tea is grown.
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Us in the field.
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Us with Katie in the field.
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Us having some tea, with a mysterious figure behind us.
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Having fun at a picnic in the rain (there were shelters available which we used. Plus, we had the whole place to ourselves.)
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Next, we stopped at an old aqueduct that is no longer used. We weren’t sure when it was built, but it was fun to climb to the top of it!
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Another viewpoint: Boca do Inferno (the Mouth of Hell). It doesn’t look particularly hellish at the moment.
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Sete Cidades is named for the legend of the Seven Cities (which is related to legends such as Atlantis, Hy-Brasil, etc.), but really has no cities, just a small village and some beautiful lakes. It was around this time that Catherine and her cousins started discussing the idea of pooling our money and buying a house here.
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We went swimming in this piscina, which really means swimming pool but here seems to imply a place near the ocean that is set up for swimming. The water was somewhat cold, but it was still an incredible experience. It really felt like the ultimate wave pool. EEE35487-BD0D-484E-B721-C617E24F5712.jpeg
We had a great time.
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A São Miguel street scene.
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Dinner was at O Galego, said by some to have the best steaks on the island (though our tour guide, whose brother-in-law owns a restaurant, thought otherwise.) Neither of us eat a lot of beef, but we both got our steaks well-done and they were in fact enjoyable. For some reason, in the Azores steaks are served with a fried egg on top.
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For dessert, the waiter asked if we would like chocolate mousse or pineapple. Daniel took this to mean that we had the choice between chocolate mousse and pineapple mousse, and ordered the chocolate. Catherine correctly ordered pineapple, which proved to be simply half a pineapple on a plate. After dinner, we met a lot of our group and the other group (Don, Marcia, and Dominic) at Doris Bar by the marina. We had a wonderful day and can’t wait for Faial tomorrow.

Posted by danielcatherine 17:39 Archived in Portugal Tagged food marina tea guide swimming tour egg steak plantations azores pineapple piscina ananás ponta_delgada são_miguel boca_do_inferno doris_bar Comments (1)

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