On Vacation

Some may see our year-long trip as a vacation, but the reality is we have just made our residence mobile. We still work and our kids attend school. So what does vacation look like for us? How about somewhere we can’t take our RV…Hawaii.

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We went to Wailea, Maui for 7days. By our 2nd day we were trying to figure out how to move to the island. No school, no work, lots of fun!

My wife and I had been to Maui for our honeymoon almost 19 years ago, but this was our kids first trip.

I had been told we needed to take the road to Hana. We didn’t get there last time, so we went this time. We didn’t realize how much the road zigzagged and how long of a drive it was.  The video explains better than I can.

What a drive!

We made it to 7 pools, but unfortunately didn’t have the time we needed to really explore the area, but what we saw was pretty cool.

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It’s a huge park.

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This is the rainy side of the island. I was told they get 3” per day. It rained most of the drive to the park, and stopped while we were hiking.

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We thought the trees were pretty interesting. the roots just kind of dropped down, I guess when they needed more water.

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This looks like the Oregon Coast, but the air and water were about 80 degrees.

My Brother-in-law talked me into scuba diving with sharks. My wife agreed once she knew the life insurance was up to date, but didn’t want to join us. Diving with sharks, that was a 1st for me. I have to say it was a lot of fun! Check out what else I saw…

We also enjoyed the hotel pool.
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and beach everyday.

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We found a zipline that was family friendly. The guides “Mr. T” and “Yedy” were great.

I would love to move here, it’s so pretty..The next pictures are right around our hotel.

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We had a great time with our extended family too.

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Hard to sum up 7 days. I can’t think of a better place to go on vacation. We arrived back to Seattle with lots of rain welcoming us home. Missing Maui already.

Visit to the Salt Mine

We visited the Underground Salt Museum in Hutchinson, KS. It’s 650′ below the surface. The mine is still active today. They said they could mine rock salt from this mine for the next 2700 years. This mine provides rock salt primarily for large cities that melt snow, and animal feed primarily.

We received our safety talk, they explained that we would be using the same safety equipment that the miners wear. My favorite part was when they said to use the carbon monoxide converter…They said, “If it feels like your lips are burning don’t worry it’s working.” They also asked us not to touch or lick the walls.

This is a former mined area and now serves as a hall to the museum. The exhibits explain how miners keep the mine level, and how they believe all the salt was deposited.

This is a 6,000lb piece of rock salt.

It is cheaper to keep everything in the mine rather remove old equipment, because of that miners maintain their equipment regularly. They have machines running today that they were using in the 1940’s. No one makes equipment just for salt mining, so the miners are good at scavenging parts and making their tools.

The temperature in the mine is always 68 degrees with 40% humidity. For that reason it seemed like a great place to store items for safe keeping. Currently Hollywood stores lots of movies, TV shows, and memorabilia.  There are many other important documents stored in the mine too.

We also went on a “Dark ride” they showed us what it would be like for a miner if the lights went out. It was so dark I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face.

12 days in Wichita, KS

After a few weeks in MO we headed Southwest to visit friends in Wichita, KS. the Branscom’s invited us to park in their driveway. I’m not sure they knew what they were getting into. We were able to fix two of our holding tank valves that failed, and Visit the near by Salt mines.

Erin Branscom is a popular blogger, and her husband does a little blogging too. Here is what Erin shared about one of our days together.

Blogging together

While we visited we got some very helpful advice to improve our blogs. I worked for several days reorganizing WeeRV and making it easier to read. While Claire mapped out a new design for ClairesHealthyHome. We had a great time! Our virtual friends became real friends.