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Just now, halfmanhalfbronco said:

 

Trips to the Oregon coast were the affordable vacation we could do.  Could get there and back again for $300 when I was 4-8 years old.  Got a great discount at the driftwood (like $20 a night), would eat at Bandon Bait every night, search agates and fossils on the beach.  Drive to Newport to do the touristy things.  IIRC there was also a great cheese/ice cream spot too, which is fun for the kids.  

I still have a few of the fossils I found somewhere.

 

I think you're talking about Face Rock Creamery for the cheese and ice cream. Awesome place.

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11 hours ago, nmlongbow said:

Family and I are going to St. Lucia in 2 weeks. Never been there but looking forward to a new adventure. 

Super jealous! Our original plan was St Lucia but when we were making the plans it still required 14 day quarantine when you landed so we changed it to the ABCs.  We are hoping to go maybe in October so you'll definitely have to tell us how your trip goes =)

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5 minutes ago, NVGiant said:

I think you're talking about Face Rock Creamery for the cheese and ice cream. Awesome place.

 

They must have changed the name of it.  Same building, new name.  IIRC it was "Bandon Creamery".

 

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My wife and I will be going to Vegas for 3 days in June to walk the floor of the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction. After that we are planning our honeymoon trip to Hawaii in December. We want to do something different and try Christmas in Hawaii. 

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1 hour ago, NVGiant said:

I think you're talking about Face Rock Creamery for the cheese and ice cream. Awesome place.

Yeah. They actually folded during the recession. Then they reopened with a new name like 10 years ago. Pretty much the same place, only with a new name.

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5 hours ago, ridgeview2 said:

My wife and I will be going to Vegas for 3 days in June to walk the floor of the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction. After that we are planning our honeymoon trip to Hawaii in December. We want to do something different and try Christmas in Hawaii. 

Think Kauai. It's the most beautiful of the islands as well as super sleepy, and laid back. Perfect for honeymooning! The eggs benedict I ate at the Koa Kea is still the best I have ever eaten.

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6 hours ago, halfmanhalfbronco said:

Bandon petting zoo is cool too, even for olderish kids.  

Got to pet a panther, that was sweet.

 

Kinda related story about small town petting zoos...

My wife and I were watching Tiger King last year and it triggered a memory of her going to the mall in Cheyenne as a kid and having some rednecks let her hold a baby lion or something. She said they also had some exotic birds, and one somehow got loose and crashed into a skylight, falling dead almost on top of her.

She doesn't remember if it was Joe Exotic, but he did live in Laramie for a while, so it's possible he made Wyoming a tour stop.

 

So long story short, she might just stay on the beach and avoid the PTSD while I take the kids to the Safari park.

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3 hours ago, Los_Aztecas said:

Think Kauai. It's the most beautiful of the islands as well as super sleepy, and laid back. Perfect for honeymooning! The eggs benedict I ate at the Koa Kea is still the best I have ever eaten.

Compared to Maui or the big island, I found Kauai to be kinda boring and a pain in the ass to get around.

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23 hours ago, Stealthlobo said:

Bonaire restoration projects are the best I've seen in person. However, there is rediculous amounts of construction occuring right now to try and take advantage of it's beauty. The locals i talked to are not optimistic about the government's ability to decline the almighty dollar so they can be more like Aruba. Only time and leadership decision will tell.

Go now if u can. One of the most life changing places I've personally been to.

Thanks, I'll try to get there soon. My connection to corals comes from aquariums and a general obsession with aquatic life in general, and I've never done any diving except a bit of snorkeling on Grand Cayman and Kauai (which was awesome). For Bonaire, it sounds like I'll need to take a class. I really want to see the restoration work. 

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16 hours ago, renoskier said:

Compared to Maui or the big island, I found Kauai to be kinda boring and a pain in the ass to get around.

Plus it rains there about every day. Been there done that.

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On 5/17/2021 at 2:53 PM, renoskier said:

Compared to Maui or the big island, I found Kauai to be kinda boring and a pain in the ass to get around.

The variety of climates, activities, and hiking terrain on the big island is the pull for me.  None of the other islands can match that.    Maui is too crowded ;)  GO there for night life and parties.

 

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On 5/17/2021 at 3:33 PM, Los_Aztecas said:

Think Kauai. It's the most beautiful of the islands as well as super sleepy, and laid back. Perfect for honeymooning! The eggs benedict I ate at the Koa Kea is still the best I have ever eaten.

Traffic is a pain in the ass which is weird considering it doesn’t seem like many live there. Big island will always be my favorite but Kauai is second.

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On 5/17/2021 at 7:31 PM, I am Ram said:

Thanks, I'll try to get there soon. My connection to corals comes from aquariums and a general obsession with aquatic life in general, and I've never done any diving except a bit of snorkeling on Grand Cayman and Kauai (which was awesome). For Bonaire, it sounds like I'll need to take a class. I really want to see the restoration work. 

I’m big into salt water aquariums, have a 275g reef tank and a 240g fish only tank. 

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13 hours ago, Billings said:

The variety of climates, activities, and hiking terrain on the big island is the pull for me.  None of the other islands can match that.    Maui is too crowded ;)  GO there for night life and parties.

 

My wife and I went to Maui about 40 years ago and returned several years ago. We were amazed at how much more tourist development occurred in that time. Oahu has the best beaches but the biggest population.

Hawaii must have been awesome before the haoles discovered it. It was paradise on earth. Great weather year around, beautiful culture and women, and abundant food. What more could you ask for. 

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Honestly , for a a vacation for less a couple weeks,  all 4 of the main islands are amazing in Hawaii. They each offer something a little different, but are all great for a couple week long vacation

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1 hour ago, soupslam1 said:

My wife and I went to Maui about 40 years ago and returned several years ago. We were amazed at how much more tourist development occurred in that time. Oahu has the best beaches but the biggest population.

Hawaii must have been awesome before the haoles discovered it. It was paradise on earth. Great weather year around, beautiful culture and women, and abundant food. What more could you ask for. 

I don't think they had abundant food. That was an issue across Polynesia, really. 

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36 minutes ago, happycamper said:

I don't think they had abundant food. That was an issue across Polynesia, really. 

Their food supply continued to dwindle until a brave Princess restored the heart of Te Fiti

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5 hours ago, Stealthlobo said:

Honestly , for a a vacation for less a couple weeks,  all 4 of the main islands are amazing in Hawaii. They each offer something a little different, but are all great for a couple week long vacation

Interisland travel is a real hassle right now unless you were vaccinated in Hawaii.  Be Aware you need a negative covid test not taken before 3 days and travel between islands.  If you were vaccinated in Hawaii your card is a vaccine passport and you need no tests.

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6 hours ago, soupslam1 said:

My wife and I went to Maui about 40 years ago and returned several years ago. We were amazed at how much more tourist development occurred in that time. Oahu has the best beaches but the biggest population.

Hawaii must have been awesome before the haoles discovered it. It was paradise on earth. Great weather year around, beautiful culture and women, and abundant food. What more could you ask for. 

ON maui there is a push to slow tourism and have fewer visitors.  Reserved paring at parks and beaches for residents only, etc.   Place is simply overrun with tourists and a bit snobbish at times.

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