Hiking and Camping in the Haleakala Crater

My idea of “camping” is to stay at a Ritz-Carlton with no room service. Nevertheless, I reluctantly agreed to go hiking and camping in the Haleakala Crater for three days. We stayed in the National Forest Service cabin at Paliku for two nights, then at another cabin called Holua for a third night. No electricity, non-potable water from a catchment system,  outhouses. No cell service.

Much to my surprise, I enjoyed myself.

Holua Cabin With Liliwei Overlook A Paliku Cabin Paliku Canyon Wall Paliku Pasture View of Sliding Sands from Paliku

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Theory Of A Deadman

Flew over to O’ahu for two days so The Cheetah could see her favorite band “Theory Of A Deadman”.

I don’t know what such a great worldwide-level band is doing playing at the tiny Republik in Honolulu, but OMG what a great concert. There were maybe 120 people there, and we stood right up at the front of the stage.

Theory Of A Deadman Oahu Republik

Tyler had about $100,000 worth of classic Les Pauls on stage, and the band was soooooo tight. These guys can REALLY play.

Wound up with two guitar picks, one from Dave and the other from Tyler:

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Next day, some Xmas shopping at Ala Moana Center, complete with hula dancers:

Hula

Theory of a Deadman is from Vancouver, so playing one gig in Honolulu was probably their desperate bid to get a few days of some good weather. Unfortunately, it pissed down rain the whole time.

 

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Christo Lets It Rip……on Uber

http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/10/29/452585089/uber-surge-price-research-says-walk-a-few-blocks-wait-a-few-minutes

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3052703/the-secrets-of-ubers-mysterious-surge-pricing-algorithm-revealed

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Pretty Nice Working Conditions Here at Marmot Basin

Wow. My first visit to Jasper.

Stage 4, 2015 Tour of Alberta. Mountaintop finish at Marmot Basin.

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Omen of an Impending Goatfuck

This critter and a thin layer of snow greeted me when I showed up at Miette Hot Springs for today’s stage. At first I panicked, thinking The Timing Gods were sending me a message about an impending goatfuck. But it turns out this is a big horn sheep, not a goat.

GOAT TV COMPOUND IMG_3651 Terrific weather for an epic stage. Note the ski jackets and the snow on the trees.FISNISH GANTRY WITH SNOW_3648

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Secure That Finish Line With Screws, Guys

Carnage from a poorly secured finish line at Tour of Alberta….Finish Line 00 Finish Line 01 Finish Line 02 Finish Line 03 Finish Line 04 Finish Line 05 Finish Line 06 Finish Line 07 Finish Line 08

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Tour of Alberta

Greetings from Grande Prairie, Alberta. Look it up on Google Maps. It’s WAY up there in the Great White North.

My steed for the week

VAN

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