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Baldwin Home

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 in Hawaii
Baldwin Home

After lunch, we stroll along Front Street past a cacophonus jumble of souvenir shops, t-shirt stands, art galleries, and surf-wear proprietors. My eye catches a few random storefronts: Rip Curl Surf Center, Whalers General Store, Billabong, Wyland Galleries. I walk in auto-pilot mode through the thick crowd of sweaty tourists. They seem to be buzzing as if energized by the commercial setting. I’m relieved when we arrive at the Baldwin Home Museum. We buy a pair of tickets and duck into the quiet interior of the home.

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Assortment

Approaching Sky Pond
Approaching Sky Pond
After two weeks of work-related turmoil, I find myself in desperate need of a break. I take the day off and venture up to the Glacier Gorge area for a day of hiking. It being late June, I expect the trail to be snow covered at higher elevations.
Lake Helene
Lake Helene
Looking across the still waters of Bear Lake to the landscape beyond, I admire the golden aspen leaves fluttering in the breeze. Although today marks the very first day of fall, the colorful leaves I enjoy now will soon be on the ground.
Lotsa Redrock
Lotsa Redrock
This is one of those vistas that made me think of the scene from Lawrence of Arabia in which TE Lawrence and Sherif Ali stood at the edge of Nefud Desert, which of course they had to cross in order to attack Aqaba by the land.