Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Feature - a Tropical Getaway

Welcome to my new Friday Field Trip Feature -

How about a tropical getaway to warm things up. Even though we're supposed to be reaching more 'normal' temperatures in the 70's, it's been super cold for Florida for almost two weeks. Normal cold snaps are more like two to three days, so I'm sharing pictures from a trip to Hawaii, specifically Haleakala on Maui, and the Molokai Ranch Resort.

Since this is a new feature, I'd appreciate some feedback about page loading times for those on dial-up. I've tried to minimize the image sizes, and am keeping things to six images for now. If computers don't hang up viewing the page, I can try adding more. That is, if you're still interested in taking this field trips. Please let me know! I can try for larger images, or more of them. Or both.

And on to Molokai...

After a stressful week when I was in charge of the biennial marine mammal conference at the Outrigger Resort on Maui (don't get all jealous -- the room I worked in from 7-7 every day had no windows - just a slight view of the path from the gift shop through a light panel next to the door), we decided to unwind with 5 days at the Molokai Ranch, where we luxuriated in near-isolation. We stayed at their beach complex. Gorgeous. Relaxing. A perfect place to decompress. I'm sad to discover it's no longer in business.


Wynter said...

Lovely pictures to warm a cold morning! I love this feature - love seeing all your gorgeous photos.

Galen Kindley--Author said...

I have broadband. The pictures loaded in a snap for me. They are, of course, gorgeous. Maybe gorgeous loads faster. :>) I think I will be jealous, just on principle. Sigh.

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Mason Canyon said...

Beautiful photos. I was able to see them without any problems (I have DSL). But I have to say I'm more envious of the 70 degree weather you're suppose to have. We may reach the upper 40s today, I'm not holding my breath. Thanks for the warm photos thought. :)

Terry Odell said...

Wynter, Galen & Mason - thanks for your input. Glad you liked the pictures. They brought back some wonderful memories for me.

Katie Reus said...

Love the pictures!! I went to Hawaii about a decade ago when I was in college and it was so amazing :)

Ray said...

I liked the second group from Molokai the best. My favorite place to be is on or near the water.

All I got to see was Pearl Harbor when I was in Hawaii. I didn't have time to travel. I was only able to get away from work long enough to visit the USS ARIZONA Memorial. I'm jealous.

What was the difference with Molokai 2 that when clicked on opened to full page size? What method will take a small picture and enlarge it in its link? The rest just opened in the smaller size. Definitely keep this Friday feature.


Carol Kilgore said...

I'm definitely a beach and water person. I LOVE these. And the field trips. Keep it up, please.

Terry Odell said...

Katie - we had meetings in Hawaii twice, so we hit different islands each time. It's a glorious place.

Ray - the picture thing is probably based on the original size. I shrank most of them before letting Blogger do whatever it does to get them to fit, but maybe if I let Blogger do it all, I can have larger pictures when people click on them. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll investigate.

Carol - I was going to the beach 'in utero', so I think I'm drawn to the water as well.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

It's a virtual getaway! And I need one this week.

We've got DSL, so can't help with the dial-up survey.

Great pics!

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Terry Odell said...

Elizabeth, glad I could assist you with your travel! Mahalo.

Nancy J. Cohen said...

Nice photos, Terry. I accessed them quickly, no problem. Wish our weather would warm up in South FL already.

Terry Odell said...

Nancy - it was a lot warmer yesterday, and is supposed to hit mid 70's here today - I'm thinking higher where you are. I didn't mind the cold, only the not having the right clothing, etc.