Margaret Gooch

Joined August 2016
  • Day25

    Finally home

    September 21, 2016 in Australia

    Got on the plane at 1.30pm on the 19th September, crossed over the international date line, and arrived in Sydney about 8.30pm on the 20th. Stayed at the Ibis hotel near the airport, and the next morning headed to the domestic airport. I was very keen to get home, so managed to change my flight so I could get back home the same day, rather than over-nighting in Brisbane. So happy to be home!💫

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  • Day22

    Last day in Hawaii

    September 18, 2016, North Pacific Ocean

    Had another relaxing day, beginning with yoga in front of the resort. After breakfast I went for a walk and discovered a fabulous shop selling antiques and aloha shirts. Of course I got a couple for Harry and Dom.... Hope they like them. It was so hard to choose, the shop was crammed full of historic designer shirts as well as more recent ones.

  • Day21

    Aloha festival

    September 17, 2016, North Pacific Ocean

    Saturday evening was a pleasant surprise! I decided to go for a walk into the main street of Waikiki. First, I watched the sun sink below the horizon dotted with yachts full of sunset revellers, then headed through the lobby onto the street. The difference was astounding! There was live music, street food and people everywhere. I soon found out it was Aloha Week and I had stumbled into the street festival. I even tried the beer, just for its label. Unfortunately I was sorely disappointed!Read more

  • Day21

    Saturday at the Surfrider

    September 17, 2016 in the United States

    Spent a lazy day exploring the historic Moana Surfrider at Waikiki, constructed in 1916. It was the first resort to be built in Waikiki, and a preferred destination for Hawaiian royalty. The resort retains its olde worlde charm, including excellent table service of high teas and elegant dining.
    The second floor of the building houses an excellent historic museum which tells the story of the origin of surfing. The original building is magnificent, and a definite favourite for Japanese brides. I saw at least six while I was there for the final three days of my holiday.Read more

  • Day20

    Bye bye Big Island, hello Honolulu!

    September 16, 2016 in the United States

    Flew back from Hilo to Honolulu yesterday. The flight took one hour. Then I waited three hours at the airport for the Speedy Shuttle! {sigh!!} ☹️
    I got here eventually though, in time to walk on the beach and enjoy the sunset, followed by a margarita 😎

  • Day19

    Ring of fire

    September 15, 2016 in the United States

    Well I almost didn't go on the boat trip of a life time as I thought it was over-priced. But how glad I am that I went! Even the crew were awe-struck! As we neared the voluminous smoke and gasses billowing out from the cliffs into the sea, we were blasted with the sounds of"Ring of Fire"! Mirth erupted from the passengers. Rounding the corner of the cliff we were literally blown away by the rivers of lava streaming into the ocean, causing a cauldron of steamy bubbles. We got so close you could feel the heat, smell the sulphur and hear popping and cracking of the earth as the lava approached.Read more

  • Day18

    Lava Lava Lava

    September 14, 2016 in the United States

    Had another great day exploring the southern part of Hawaii from Hilo, the largest town on the island. Apparently it rains everyday here and yesterday was no exception. There were flash floods, blinding rain and plenty of thunder and lightning. So much lava, flowing and hardened - apparently there are thousands of lava tubes around here. Half the town of Hilo is built on top of them, and occasionally they collapse 😳Read more

  • Day16

    Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii

    September 12, 2016 in the United States

    Had a great day touring the whole island of Hawaii, located in the county of Hawaii, in the state of Hawaii. Saw lava splashing in the caldera of Kilauea Volcano, walked through a short lava tube, and saw some spectacular waterfalls. Another bucket list day for me, as I have always wanted to see lava! Unfortunately my phone battery was flat, so didnt take photos, but my guide took a picture of me at the entrance to the lava tube.Read more

  • Day16

    True bucket list experience

    September 12, 2016 in the United States

    Last night I went on a 'bucket list' swim with manta rays - one of the most sensational experiences of a lifetime. I have dived in the presence of the majestic animals years ago, but I have never witnessed anything like this before. Boats gathered offshore at a place where phytoplankton congregate which is the manta's staple food. Each boat places a small pontoon/platform in the water, which has eerie bluelights to attract the phytoplankton. This in turn, attracts the mantas. All we had to do was hang on to the platform, and the mantas came somersaulting around us, exposing their huge mouths within inches of our faces, as they scooped up their dinner. We had several mantas doing this- up to three at a time for over thirty minutes. It was mesmerising!
    Thanks for the tip Rachel (Dr Pear) - I was inspired after seeing Russell's video footage on fb.Unfortunately, all I managed to do was get a couple of poor shots of boats with my phone-sigh- 😳.
    I did find a couple of great shots on line however. The photos capture some of the grace and majesty of these gentle giants. 💫
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