Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, April 11, 2011

Second Dream Trip

Recently I wrote that I had two dream trips I wanted to take and told you about my visiting England. Our 50th state, Hawaii, was my second dream trip.

I worked as a real estate agent for a year and where do you think the industry's national convention was that year? Yes, Hawaii. We made our plans too late to get the same flight and hotel as the others going from my agency. We did, however, get together with them once we were on the island of Oahu.

One day when the others took a helicopter tour of all the islands, my husband and I rented a car and drove around the island -- literally. We drove the circumference of Oahu, stopping wherever something caught our attention. We had plenty to choose from -- Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head looming in the background; the Dole pineapple packing plant where we were treated with juicy slices of fresh pineapple; the North Shore that lures experienced surfers; vast fields of pineapple; the Polynesian Cultural Center; and the historic Nuuanu Pali Lookout, a pass through the pinnacle of the ridge that runs almost the length of Oahu and where the strong constant wind blows across 24/7.

But then the most humbling visit was to Pearl Harbor. Situated there is the USS Arizona Memorial. At 8:06 a.m. on December 7th, 1941, the USS Arizona was hit by a 1,760-pound armor-piercing bomb, which ignited its forward ammunition magazine. The catastrophic explosion that resulted sank this massive battleship in nine minutes, killing 1,177 crewmen. The floating memorial is built over the sunken hull of the USS Arizona, the final resting place for many of the ship’s crew. Standing on the memorial and looking from the monument into the water, the Arizona is visible where it rests on the bottom of the harbor; one of its gun turrets, rusted now, pushes above the water. A huge marble display lists the names of all those sailors on the Arizona; many remain entombed in the ship below our feet.

To date, my Hawaii trip holds top spot as my most exciting. Many of you may have been there and my gushing here bores you. If so, just enjoy the photos: the welcome to Hawaii show, Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head in the background, the Pearl Harbor monument, and the group from our real estate agency.

The only thing today’s blog has to do with hope is that one of my big hopes was fulfilled. And that makes me smile.

“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.”
—Donald Trump, American entrepreneur

Till next time … keep on smiling.

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