I need sunshine!Â It has been raining here for days.Â Yesterday I saw a bit of blue sky and the sun peeked through for a minute but my friends and I at the coffee shop all ran outside to see it and I think we scared it away.Â Alas!
After New Years Amoeba and I are off to the Big Island again.Â Of course it is a vacation for me but he has to work.Â Taking me along makes the trip a little easier on him, too.Â Then he doesn’t have to worry about cooking, cleaning, laundry and such when he is working 12 – 15 hour days and making charts, graphs and reports half the night.
Still, cooking and cleaning only takes so much time and I’ll have hours I am alone to fill with … something.Â I cannot just sit on the beach ad nauseum.Â I am a lily-white haole and I will burn to a crisp.Â That’s why I decided I should build an itinerary.Â I found this great vacation ideas website designed to feed me ideas and detail the best features of vacation destinations of choice.
I also looked up some vacation tips.Â I wasn’t looking for the usual “pack sunscreen and take a hat” stuff.Â I wanted to know best places to eat — good food, little money — and sights to see.Â Funny thing is, I was looking in my hometown rather than Hawaii. Imagine my surprise when I discovered Coeur d’Alene, Idaho featured on the site.Â In the course of reading about it I also discovered CdAÂ appears in Patricia Shultzâ€™s book â€˜1,000 Places to See Before You Dieâ€™.Â I always knew my hometown was special with it’s huge blue lake, green mountains and year-round sports options, but I guess it will always be in my heart as the sleepy little mill town it hasn’t been in a long, long time.