Land and Sea at Makapu’u Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Get in a car and drive away from the big city of Honolulu to the eastern most point of the island of Oahu and you’ll find this beautiful beach near Makapu Point.

I’m glad I had my camera with me when I ended up here recently.

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On the Road to Hana: Random Stops Along the Roadside

While winding along the curvy, mountainous, scenic coastal Hana Highway, there are dozens of places that you can pull off onto the side of the road to take photos or to have a adventure hiking along a trail to hunt down swimming holes and waterfalls.

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Vistas of Wakiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii

The Wakiki Beach area of Honolulu really has some nice looking views. While it’s easy to find tons of photos of the beach I wanted to snap a few frames of a couple of hotels and surrounding areas. [Read more…]

Sailing Wakiki Beach on a Catamaran

Blue skies, bluer water …. on a catamaran in Honolulu has to be somewhere in the upper half of a list of the best places to find yourself on a Saturday afternoon. I had this opportunity recently and had a good time.

Captian Jon of Sail Mankani and his crew were awesome and I recommend you look them up if you are in town. Makes a great, reasonably priced group outing.

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Sunset Valley Nature Trail

Took a quick trip out to the Sunset Valley Nature Trail area this past Sunday. I’ve worked near Sunset Valley for 12+ years and never knew that area was back there. I guess I should make better use of my lunch hour!

We couldn’t figure out the best place to “get on” the trail, so we ended up accessing it via Sunset Valley City Hall.

Check out the photos …

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A Few Snapshots with my new Sigma 17-70 f2.8-f4.0

Got a new lens (Sigma 17-70 f2.8-f4.0) recently and decided to give it a test run in a clearing near my house.

Of course, I still don’t really know how to use my camera, so don’t judge me too much! So, if you’ve run across this article while considering this lens, don’t let my shots deter you.

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Carnival Triumph Cruise to Cozumel

Went on a family and friends cruise in January 2013 that was 15 months in the making. We were on the Carnival Triumph about a month before it broke down on another voyage that shared our same route.

Luckily we had no problems and I had a Nikon D5200 with me to take some shots. At the time, I hadn’t yet settled on which camera I wanted to purchase for myself. The cruise provided a good chance to try to figure out how that camera worked. [Read more…]

Hiking down Sandia Peak, Albuquerque, NM

On a recent trip to New Mexico, I had the chance to hike DOWN Sandia Peak. We got a ride to the summit and then hike a 2-3 mile trail to the gondola drop off point. We then rode the gondola down to the bottom.

I had recently purchased a Sony RX-100 camera and took some shots. I ended up liking the camera so much that I returned it. Figured out that I actually liked photography and should get a DSLR instead.

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Day Trip to Santa Fe, NM

While in New Mexico, we took a day trip out to Santa Fe to see the square and visit a winery.

Here are a few of the photos. [Read more…]

Does the Four Hour Body Slow Carb diet work? I lost 65lbs in 7 months

I lost 65lbs from August to the end of February doing the Slow Carb diet from the Four Hour Body. Even lost weight during the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas despite eating anything I wanted on those two days.
Previously, I was successful with  Aktins, but going SO long without carbs on Atkins made it difficult for me to make it a sustainable lifestyle change. The Slow Carb diet, however, IS one that I can see as a sustainable change.
I’m not interested on debating the validity of this dietary approach.  I’m just passing along what I did. Hopefully someone finds this information useful. If you have any questions, just post a comment.
Don’t try to mix this with other diets you’ve heard/read about. There are 100’s of opinions out there on the best way to lose weight. Pick one and do it. Don’t create your own combination of 5-6 approaches. This is not a diet where you count points or calories. You also don’t do a lot measuring portion sizes. Don’t make it more complicated than it is. It really is THAT simple.

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