I’m looking for one or two hundred committed investors. Are you in?

I wasn’t sure how I could best grab your attention, but I decided that if I stated my intention upfront and you still opened the link, I stood a chance.

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Remember this house?  We spent island time here earlier this year in conjunction with our son’s wedding. I considered telling you more about the house when we returned, but I wondered if I was going on just a bit.

And I’ve never been a name dropper! But now I will tell you that Julia Roberts owns this house…and good news, potential investors–It’s up for SALE!

This house is modest by estate standards, but this double-lot 2-acre property with its huge lawn stretching all the way to the Hanalei Bay shoreline fits me perfectly. You? I’m still pitching!

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There is a  little history connected to this property as well. It’s known as the Fayé Estate, dating back to 1916 and Kekaha Sugar Plantation manager Hans Peter Fayé.  It was built as a summer beach house.

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The house wasn’t always set back so far on the lawn, but a 1957 tidal wave pushed the whole house back to the middle of the property. The little guest cottage was made from some of the debris.

 

I’ll share just a few more photos and hope to reel you in!

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If you’d like to know  a little bit more about this great investment opportunity, click HERE. Depending on how many of you would like to team up, surely you can make my dream a reality. I have only one request. If you go out on your own and buy this property, do you think I can stay in the guest house?

Please let me know of your interest. I need to let them know at work I might not be coming back.

 

 

Exploring the open spaces in Los Angeles–always a surprise!

No surprise to anyone living in Los Angeles, I’m certain, but  a Traffic Index report released by GPS manufacturer TomTom,  has declared L.A. the most congested city in the United States. I didn’t bother to investigate the exact boundaries they researched, since as far as I’m concerned, they may as well be speaking about all of Southern California.

Last weekend we bravely faced a 3 1/2 hour 90-mile journey to visit with friends in North San Diego County, and perhaps odd to hear, we were ebullient when the return trip only took two hours–woo-hoo! But you do the math! 5 1/2 hours!

I won’t pretend it doesn’t frustrate me, but complaining about “life in the fast lane going slow” doesn’t help me breathe lighter.

But this does!

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A familiar theme in my life revolves around finding ways to ameliorate the stress that comes from living in a high population density region, so for my birthday in March I bought a pair of high quality hiking boots and latched on to patient friends with hiking experience.

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Destination? Parker Mesa Overlook on the west side of Topanga State Park, the world’s largest wildland within the boundaries of a major city.

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The cliffs and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

 

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The morning fog shrouded the view a bit, but kept the approximately 5 mile hike a little more comfortable.

In addition to views of the Pacific Ocean, Topanga State Park features 36 miles of trails through open grassland, with oak groves, native shrub and flowers and an opportunity to leave the stress of city chaos for a quiet bit of solitude.

 

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I huffed and puffed up the very steep incline towards the Parker Mesa Overlook thrilled to enjoy the natural beauty.

I encouraged my more experienced (and in better shape) hiking partners to go on ahead and let me  do my best.  At a certain point my only focus was on breathing, so I am sure I missed many of the numerous geologic formations, including earthquake faults, marine fossils, and volcanic intrusions. Maybe next time!

 

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From an elevation of 1,525 feet, Parker Mesa Overlook offers a great view of the Pacific Ocean, but the coastal fog had not lifted much and was still quite dense. I didn’t care. I was just so happy that I made it to the top!

My small group of hiking friends waited for me and greeted me with a round of applause. Good thing it wasn’t a timed race!

I do believe the best antidote to the stress of traffic congestion is getting out in the open air–and well above it.

I wonder where my new hiking boots will take me next time! Any suggestions?

 

 

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More lore and beauty from Kaua’i

It is conceivable that a year from now I’ll still be organizing photos from our January trip to Kauai. I have more photos than I have time, but I don’t feel hurried. Every time I do sit down to work on them I am immediately back on that dream island. The wedding location, and the house we stayed in, were on Hanalei Bay, and although there was an entire island worth exploring, we were so at home with our nearly private beach, our short bursts of exploration were limited.

On our last day, however, we circled the island and strategically checked a few “must sees” off our list.

The Koloa district on the southern coast is recognized for its giant crashing waves, and these waves shoot water up the through the narrow openings in the lava created coastline. And here we found the Spouting Horn.

The Spouting Horn shoots the spray up to fifty feet in the air.  Hawaiian legend attributes the spray to a giant lizard, hunted by a young man charged with the duty of challenging the lizard and protecting visitors who came to the area to fish or swim. During the battle the warrior thrust a sharp stick into the lizard’s mouth and lured the beast into the water where he became lodged in a lava tube.

You can still hear the giant lizard’s roar every time the Spouting Horn Blowhole spouts. It’s either the lizard, or the force of the water through the narrow volcanic openings.  Personally, I like the lizard story for my explanation.

I’m not positive we deliberately set out to locate the Spouting Horn. We may have just pulled off from the main highway following a sign or two, but we learned later it is one of the most photographed locations on the island. We were primarily focused on locating Waimea Canyon State Park.

As we approached Waimea Canyon we caught a clear glimpse of the island of Niihau.

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Niihau is the westernmost and seventh largest of the islands, owned by descendants of Elizabeth Sinclair, who purchased the island from the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1864. The island is generally off-limits to all but relatives of the owners. So far the family has turned down all offers to sell, which reportedly includes a $1 billion offer from the U.S. government.

And then we started climbing. Winding roads and climbing about  18 miles we didn’t know if the trip “up” was going to be worth the time. What do you think?

We pulled over to one of the first lookouts and gasped! What a loss this would have been to us had we not made the effort.

Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon was such a surprise! At ten miles long, a mile wide and 3,600 feet deep–breathtaking!

It’s almost impossible to capture the beauty of this area and effectively share it with you, but you’ll just have to see it for yourself one day.

Care to take a helicopter ride to better see the canyon depths and explore the heights?

Before I leave you… Just one more look. Hanalei Bay