Category Archives: On The Road

Back Home In Hawaii ~ May 2019 ~ Part 5

If you’re a foodie as I am, then you already know that Hawaii has some pretty unique foods and dishes.
Here are a few of my favorites.

These fried dumpling are called Crispy Gau Gee, very popular served as either an appetizer as you see above, or in Noodle dishes.

You’ll find this in the produce section of any grocery store in Hawaii, but not here in Cowboyville I’m afraid.

So I make my own when I need some for say my Fried Saimin. It’s quite simple, shredded Green Cabbage, Carrots and Mung Bean Sprouts.

Kahuku Corn. This is hands down the best Corn you’ll ever have. 

This is a fruit that in Hawaii we call Mountain Apple. These grow in so many folk yards and they will put out boxes filled with them with a sign on it “free”.

S&S Saimin. No, this is nothing like Ramen. This noodle is unique to Hawaii.

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile now, you’ll be familiar with these crackers. Diamond Bakery Soda Crackers, the best! 

These are just a few of the unique foods found in Hawaii. Maybe you need to take a flight over to discover some for yourselves? 

Our story will continue, so stayed tuned …

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Where Have You Been and Started To Sing … ?

In the Summer of 2011, DH and I took a road trip and one
of the places that we went, that was SOOOOOOOO amazing,
was Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs.
We took the Cog Railway to the top, over 14,000 feet above sea level…


And yes, I did stand there, looking out over this gorgeous vista,
and sang America The Beautiful.
albeit was a little hard, being so out of breath,
but I did it, out loud!
I can see why Ms. Bates wrote this, WOW!!!
I think I just might turn this into a running series, because there have been so many places that we’ve traveled and I’ve started to sing songs that were inspired by that locale.
Where have you been?

Road Trip ~ Florida Back Home To Arizona ~ Oct-Nov 2019 ~ Part 6

Okay, now we need to put some serious miles in that rearview mirror,

Let’s Motor On!!



We stopped for the night in Forrest City, AR … it was just an overnighter to eat and sleep.
That, was horrible delivery food! 
We’ve only done this one other time before, that is to order dinner from a delivery service, NEVER again.



We stopped somewhere, I can’t recall where this was, to re-fuel and look what we found!
Remember when you got a bottle of Coke for a dime? 



Another overnight pit stop in Yukon, OK. We found a grocery store for just a few essential items and dinner was in our hotel room that night as well, but NOT delivery!



I always enjoy driving through the State of Texas. I really don’t know why folks saw that it’s just flat and boring.



Just outside of Amarillo Texas is The Cadillac Ranch, a road-side attraction that I have been dying to stop at.


The wind was wiping so hard that day and it was DANG COLD, but I was determined… DH stayed in the car.
I had my can of Gold Spray Paint and I was going to “Spread Some Aloha” come hell or high water.
It had rained like cats and dogs the day before and the mud was so thick around the Cadillacs to the rear of the row, that you could only get to the first one, but I did it!

One last stop for the night in Tucumcari New Mexico, this time we stayed at the Motel Safari on Route 66 rather than a big chain hotel.
What a really cool place! DH thought that staying at one of these old motels wouldn’t be a good thing, but even he was impressed. I wouldn’t mind doing an Old Route 66 Road Trip some day 



We had linner or late lunch/early dinner at Del’s Diner. That was delicious, loved the soup and salad bar that came with the meals, but now it was off to bed for us two.

And that was it folks!
From New Mexico it’s just a hop skip and a jump back home.

This entire Road Trip from Arizona to Florida and back again took us five weeks in total. This was our third Cross-Country Road Trip, but surely not our last.

Now we’re coming up on Christmas 2019 and we’re pooped, so let’s just hang out for now, because there’s more fun on the road ahead.


Road Trip ~ Florida Back Home To Arizona ~ Oct-Nov 2019 ~ Part 5

Why don’t we continue with more American History and head to Natchez Mississippi.

Here is another locale that DH has been trying to get to, the Natchez Trace Parkway and Vicksburg.

Our plan was to start off on the Parkway in Natchez and take it North as far as Tupelo, MS. From there we planned on making a bee-line for home.

But for now, let’s take a down day, have something nice to eat and just rest up.



I had found Roux 61 Seafood & Grill long before this road trip started and it was delicious!

On the table was a Club Salad for DH and for myself, the Grilled Gulf Shrimp with Dirty Rice and Seasonal Vegetable, which was Sautéed Squash.
I’d never had Dirty Rice before, it was quit nice.

It’s been a very long day and we need to get some shut eye.
Tomorrow is another city.

Bright and early the next morning, we started this section of our road trip at the Vicksburg National Military Park.



I wasn’t the only little Hawaiian Gal that visited this Park today. “Tita” in Hawaiian is Sister 



I must say, this National Park is beautiful! You can walk or drive it, we chose to do both.

Yet again, we spent the entire day here and by now we were pretty hungry.



The nice Park Ranger gave us a wonderful lunch suggestion that was down on the River front and what a find it was!

Rusty’s River Front Grill

We made it there within 30 minutes of them closing.

THAT was fantastic!

Each of our meals included a salad that was heavenly, I’d never had Pickled Okra before, YUM!

My husband ordered the Fried Oysters and his side was the Veggie of the day, Southern Style Green Beans.
OH MY!!!

I went with the Two-Way Combo of Gulf Shrimp and a Crab Cake, my side was their Pasta Salad, very different.

We needed to have a piece of Key Lime Pie, so we took it back to the hotel room for later.

Now, I did make mention that we had planned on driving the Natchez Trace Parkway, but Mother Nature had other ideas the next day.



It was so foggy, nasty cold and raining like mad, that we decided that we’d give that part of the Road Trip up and turn our wagon train towards home.

So we spent that morning re-arranging our accommodations for different cities on a different route than expected.
But ya know, that’s what’s great about Road Trips, you can change plans when ever you like.

Road Trip ~ Florida Back Home To Arizona ~ Oct-Nov 2019 ~ Part 4

Next Up …

Civil War history.

My husband is a huge history buff and he has been trying to figure out how we could fit this site into our itinerary for a number of years.

Andersonville National Historic Site.

This is bit off the beaten path, with the closet city being Americus Georgia, where?
It wasn’t far from our last stop, so let’s go!

Well, thank goodness there’s a Walmart close to the hotel we chose. Almost all of the hotel/motels that we’ve stayed, for all of these years of our traveling, have had a mini-fridge and microwave oven, that does me just fine.

So let’s begin our tour.



This is a very solemn place and you could hear a pin drop. We spent the majority of a full day here.

Phew! Let’s look for lunch.



We walked around the downtown area of Americus to this gorgeous old building that now houses a hotel. There’s a sandwich shop in the lobby area that I thought would be okay, not!  A half cold sandwich and small bowl of cold soup (both were suppose to be hot) was something $12 USD, not good.

It’s been a day and we need to get some shut eye, so it’ll be dinner in our hotel room. Tomorrow is another city.

Road Trip ~ Florida Back Home To Arizona ~ Oct-Nov 2019 ~ Part 3

Well, let’s spend another day in St. Augustine Florida …

There’s so much to see and do here, so we’ll just scratch the surface. It’s been so hot and humid whenever we’ve been away from the beach, but let’s brave it. We decided that it would behoove us to start this day as early as possible.

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument opened at 9am and I’d say that we parked the car shortly thereafter. Way back when, we purchased an America The Beautiful Lifetime Senior Pass for just $10 USD, such a deal. We can go to these National Treasures at no additional cost to us.



What a fascinating place!



The “bricks” are made of Shells. This was well worth it.



Ponce de Leone smack in the center of town, just over the Bridge Of Lions… wish I got a picture of that!

We had loaded the parking meter for several hours, that way we could walk around the Downtown area and have some lunch too.



The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine was jaw dropping gorgeous. The oldest Catholic Parish in America, in the oldest city in America. We just sat there in awe, taking it all in, while others scurried about, we simply sat … well, truth be told, it was air conditioned and we kinda didn’t want to leave. 



Ponce de Leone Hotel slash Flagler College. I can’t imagine actually trying to study in such a famous, architecturally beautiful site. We decided not to take the tour, mainly because we had seen it on You Tube.

We walked all of the “Square” in the Downtown area and it was getting on to lunchtime and we were HOT!



As I’ve said in most of my posts, I research places to eat long before we even leave for a trip, anywhere and this was no different.
I found PizzAlley and Chianti Room. We went in through the “Alley” on the historic St. George Street and decided that we wanted table service and AC, so we toddled to The Chianti Room in the back, much better choice!

Did you look at the time? Our parking meter was about to expire and we should head back to the hotel for the day… our pool and hot tub awaits!

Road Trip ~ Florida Back Home To Arizona ~ Oct-Nov 2019 ~ Part 2

Next Stop …

St. Augustine Beach Florida

I say, I say, BEACH!!
We found a great hotel right across the street 



Believe it or not, we actually own beach chairs and a huge umbrella, which of course we brought with us on this Road Trip.
That was heaven!
We spent our first day just sitting on the beach and this is what we saw …



Kite Surfers, just like we’d see back home in Hawaii …



… and some person in a blow-up Dinosaur suit … I have no idea why, but I saw it walking towards us from down the beach, coming towards us and kept on walking far past us.

Dinner time!



Kingfish Grill
What a beautiful spot for a restaurant, right on the Camachee Cove Boat Harbor.

I had this restaurant on my “list” prior to coming here and this place did not disappoint, at all!



DH ordered ala carte, Fresh Water Eel Sushi, Oysters and the Catch of the Day, as I recall it was Mahi-Mahi, and a side Green Salad.



I ordered the Chef’s Special which was local Snapper atop a bed of Baby Bok Choy and steamed White Rice, YUM!



To finish off our fantastic meal sitting by the waters edge was another piece of Key Lime Pie, that we shared it as a take-out, back in our hotel room.
What a great day!

Arizona To Florida Road Trip October 2019 ~ Part 11

It’s time to say goodbye to Key West Florida.
We thought it wise that we rise early on our departure day and head over to The Southern Most Point In The Continental United States.

(The Southern Most Point in ALL of the United States is, wait for it, HAWAII!)

We had driven past this spot several times, but there was always such a long line of folks waiting to have their picture taken at The Buoy.
We figured that if we went just after the Sun came up, we’d have no problem either with parking or with a crowd.
We were right!



The Sun was just coming up and we parked right in front, no trouble.



How poetic that the Conch Nation bids us farewell by the blowing of the Conch …

A hui hou, until we meet again, Aloha Key West Florida.

Arizona To Florida Road Trip October 2019 ~ Part 9

Whenever we travel to a new city, we look for the “Hop-On/Hop-Off” trolley tours.
This is great way to orient ourselves with the area, get some local inside information from the guide/driver, while all the time, I’m taking notes.
We’ll make one circuit, decided where we’d like to go back to and see more. This trip was no different.
It took us all around the island or “key”, where we pasted by the hotel that we WERE going to stay.

Remember I made mention of an email I received just prior to leaving for Florida, that the hotel’s pool would be closed… WELL!
The entire hotel was closed down for a major face-lift and re-branding, to a totally different chain all together. Oh my gosh!

Anyways …



We dis-embarked the trolley for a rest stop and a re-grouping meeting.
DH waited back at the car in the AC and saw this.
What the heck!
I didn’t see it, but as he showed me the photo on his phone,
I squealed “That’s one of those big Iguanas they have here.”
DH confirmed, it was big alright!

Well, by now it’s time for lunch!

We had wondered around Mallory Square and in each shop we went into, I asked “where would YOU eat lunch?”.
One of the proprietors handed me a fistful of coupons for free this or that.
I quickly looked through them and made an executive decision:
Red Fish Blue Fish



This restaurant was on my radar, but best of all, they offered a free Beer AND piece of Key Lime Pie!



DH’s fresh local Oysters on the half shell …



… followed by a Chef Salad … I like the presentation!



… and my lunch of a half pound of the local Pink Shrimp  and a side of Coleslaw, perfect!

I missed a snapshot of the pie, which we did as a take-out for later, but I’ll tell ya, that was good. Each restaurant has their own way of making/serving their slice.
Oh, and did you see the chicken? There everywhere!  Key West is a Wildlife Sanctuary, so there you go.

Well, it’s hot & humid and we needed a dunk in the hotel pool. We’ll end the day here and tackle another one tomorrow …

Arizona To Florida Road Trip October 2019 ~ Part 8

Next stop was a check mark off my bucket list … Key West Florida.
Even though I’m from a place with beautiful beaches and the Pacific Ocean surrounding the island, I’ve always wanted to come here.

Our drive South from Key Largo to Key West was spectacular! We had been told that the Seven Mile Bridge would be spooky, but we didn’t find that to be so. DH had driven down here with his buddy’s back when we were all young adults, but that was on the “old bridge” As we passed it along side the new one, I couldn’t imagine it being sturdy and yes probably scary back then.



What I did see as odd was something in the air, off in the distance… IT’S A BLIMP! DH thought that it was most likely a weather blimp, as we were close to an Air Station. So I looked that up and yup, he’s correct! That was kinda cool.



We got ourselves checked in to our hotel, and boy-howdy-dowdy let me tell you guys, THIS  is a real nice place!



This is out our back door!



Not a bad place at all!

I am SO glad that the hotel that we had booked to begin with had their pool closed and we decided to find a different hotel, FOR SURE!!!



We sat in the chaise lounge chairs after a dip in the pool, and watched the sunset, gorgeous.



And what did I spy across the street from the hotel but another Publix.
Dinner, done!