“Slap it, baby, slap it!” The captain turns the ship around to optimize views and turns off the motor. Two whales create breach-and-dive theater for 28 minutes, with squeals from passengers almost as loud as the barking sea lions witnessed yesterday. There’s no need to take separate excursions. This entire nine-day cruise serves as a wildlife watching and glacier viewing expedition. No schedule prevents us from staying for as long as the whales continue their performance, and the size of our ship is conducive to discovering wildlife in places that larger ships can’t access. The chef will adjust. Dinner will be delayed tonight to accommodate this unscheduled pre-dinner show.
Ron Elledge stumbles upon Veggie Galaxy at 450 Massachusetts Avenue – a plant-based refuge for travelers and locals in Cambridge, MA.
The thermal pools cascade as seven pools overlooking the raging river. The higher up the cascade the pool is located, the hotter the water temperature, ranging from 106 to 82 degrees. The best way to enjoy the pools is to start at the top, at the hottest, spending five minutes in each pool and working your way down to the last one, a large pool with “warm” (82 degree) water. Some of the pools have bubblers, providing “massages.”
Located on the property of the Aston Ka’anapali Villas, Castaway Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and includes a special keiki (children’s) menu for your little menehunes. While dining on macadamia nut, pineapple, and banana pancakes for breakfast, a barbecued pork sandwich for lunch, or shrimp and mango curry for dinner, you’ll see why this is one of the locals’ favorite secret spots.
In sixth-century Ireland, St. Kevin sought a haven of peace and serenity for his monastic “city.” He chose Glendalough. Strolling through this valley, you can understand St. Kevin’s thinking. Take one of the many paths into the forest and you find yourself alone, forgetting about the outside world. There are no sounds of traffic. No crowds. The smells of the forest fill the air. The leaves gently rustle. Birds dash between the trees. Away from modern society, you can see why St. Kevin chose this place of spiritual peace.