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Explore Hawaii: DJI Mavic Drone Footage – Surfing Our Home Break

February 17, 2017 |

Only my 5th time playing around with my new DJI Mavic mustering up the courage to fly it over water. The Mavic isn’t waterproof. Before this day, I’ve been immersing myself watching drone video how-to’s on YouTube. Read More

Boating: First Time Snorkeling around the Underwater Pipe at Electric Beach

January 3, 2017 |

Having a cousin who grew up in Oahu but currently lives in Washington, he showed us one of his favorite places to snorkel in West Oahu. Jumping aboard our 20-foot motorized Mako 204cc, we head out exploring for spinner dolphins and humpback whales to allow the sun comes up and warm us all up. We arrived where the local power plant was visible about 100 yards from the beach area. But what lies beneath… underneath the water are two giant cooling pipes that pump warm water out. The flowing water is more than strong enough send you doing underwater cartwheels but I called it the “Underwater Pipe Elevator.” Enjoy the video.

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Explore Hawaii: Hiking – Found and Climbed a Hunter’s Tree Stand

October 2, 2016 | 2

Out hiking in West Oahu and found what I imagine as the dreamy tree house I never had as a kid. But I know hunters come to this area to hunt game birds, goats and wild boar so this must be their tree stand. I just had to climb and inspect it further. Wouldn’t you?! First time doing this. Here we go. Read More

Explore Hawaii: Hiking – Kawa’ewa’e

April 30, 2016 |

First Time: Another great hike with Hawaii Trail and Mountain Club. Starts at the Friendship Gardens in Kaneohe. The hike offers great views of Kane’ohe and the bay, Coconut Island (aka Gilligan’s Island), Pali Notches, Stairway to Heaven, and the Mokes. Fortunately, this day’s hike offered great weather of partly cloudy skies with refreshing breezes on the ridge.

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Boating: Fresh Catch – Papio (Bluefin Trevally)

January 22, 2016 |

First Time: We’ve gone bottom-fishing before on our 13th voyage aboard the Swell Life, but this our first catch trolling using rapala lures recommended by the many locals who fish in these waters. We were stoked!

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First Time: Backcountry 4×4 Off-Roading in Hawaii

October 28, 2015 |

Discovered something we could do with our recent Jeep Commander purchase (originally purchased to tow the boat out of the harbor during emergencies). An off-road adventure, only minutes from home that offers four wheel drive (4WD) owners panoramic views of the West and North shores of Oahu (permit required). Enjoy the video! Read More

First Time: Whitewater Rafting on the Pigeon River (Hartford, Tennessee)

September 16, 2014 | 1

Call us adrenaline junkies. Adventure tourism is our style of travel since we’re always on the lookout for activities that involve an element of risk. When we had recently experienced a Carolina Moonshine ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railway, we saw an activity desk passing out brochures for a beginner-friendly white water rafting outfit in Hartford, Tennessee called "Wildwater." Read More

Do Tarpons Bite? We Found Out at Robbie’s! (Islamorada, Florida)

April 3, 2014 |

We just recently learned how to fish for tarpon. Today, we’ve changed it up and went to feed them…. HAND FEED these "silver kings!!!" I first learned about this cheap thrill from an Episode of TripFlip from the Travel Channel and was inspired to add it to our itinerary. Experiencing such a thrill in the states was unbelievable. They didn’t even ask us to sign a waiver. Read More