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A Trip for the Soul

When I first introduced the idea of funemployment to all of you, I spoke about my desire to view this sudden change of scenery as an opportunity.  In fact, I believe I said this:

I’m going to take the next few weeks and do things I never thought to do before. I’m going to be going on a short cruise. I’m going to fly somewhere on a lark and simply enjoy the destination. – The Opportunity of Unemployment

So as a man who looks to keep his word, the first trip on this journey of funemployment has been booked. While the original idea was to hop on a short cruise and take a few days to simply recharge my soul, my wife and I decided to make it a little more than that and to create a week of adventure.

Amtrak Cascades

Courtesy of Stephen Rees

The first step on our week long journey will be riding the Amtrak Cascades train line from Vancouver down to Seattle. While the whole concept of a passenger train is not entirely foreign to the two of us – we rode them in when we went to the United Kingdom a while back – we’ve never taken in the ride locally.  And as I am a transportation junkie, this could be one of the most exciting parts of our entire trip.

jetBlue Plane

Courtesy of cclark395

Then there is the second leg of our journey, flying from Seattle down to Los Angeles. Neither of us has ever been to this massive city and figured we’d be good to spend at least a day down there before our cruise home. While we still haven’t figured out what we’ll do, we did decide on flying with jetBlue after hearing from friends of ours that the airline is a pretty solid choice. And it also helped that they fly into Long Beach which is essentially where our ship will leave. Or is it San Pedro? I don’t know – Los Angeles is just that big.

Grand Princess

Courtesy of MA1216

Last, but not least, is our sail on the Grand Princess from Los Angeles back home to Vancouver. This is also a new experience for the wife and me, so we’re viewing it as a practice trip to prepare for our much longer sail to Hawaii later this year (I know, I know. I’m a jetsetter).

While the trip is essentially a repositioning cruise with our only ports of call being Los Angeles and Vancouver, you’ll likely find us either on our balcony watching the ocean or poolside relaxing. I get that the temperatures are likely not what one would expect to experience on a cruise, but this trip is really about helping me find that soul of mine that has gone missing.

This adventure is about something new and untravelled. It’s about fun and excitement. It’s about rest and relaxation. It’s about the experience and that’s pretty darn exciting!

Want to come along?

#MauiLyte – Day 1

View from the Lanai

Our west-facing view from the lanai at Kamaole Sands

Aloha! With LCBD here gathering dust again, I thought I would do something different and use it as a journal for my trip. Makes sense, right?

So how are things back in Vancouver? When we left summer was still hanging in there, so I imagine there aren’t too many of you jealous that I’m typing this on my lanai in Maui. But if you are, apologies in advance! Anyhow…
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Aloha from Kihei, HI


I’m typing this while sitting poolside in Kiehi, Hi on the island of Maui. Suffice to say, the post alone has taken about 20 minutes to even start because I’m too busy enjoying the heat, humidity, and sunshine.

Another Maui Sunset from Makena

A Maui Sunset – courtesy of Tavis Jacobs

I haven’t pulled out my camera yet, but it seems that with every step I take I want to take a shot. It’s just unbelievable! And the humidity is nothing like I have ever experienced – it’s like permanently living in the Bloedel Conservatory, especially with the constant call of various tropical birds.

Anywho, the pool beckons my participation so I’m going to bug out. I’ll try to post each day to share with you my adventures (albeit somewhat boring due to the fact we’re here with my folks) as I know how much y’all are enjoying the monsoon back at home.


Destination Maui

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My Eventual Destination – courtesy of Stephen Walli

Having never been to Hawaii, I’m pretty darn excited to be heading to Maui in just over two months time. Maybe it was seeing episodes of “Hawaii 5-0” on TV when I was young or catching “Saved By The Bell: Hawaiian Style,” but I’ve always wanted to go – just never had the wherewithal to make it happen.

But dream no more.

Marnie and I fly out at the end of October (on the wings of WestJet – who I might add is quite conversational on twitter @WestJet) and will be staying with my parents at the Kamaole Sands. My folks have been here twice in recent times and say the place is quite nice. The fact they also picked up the tab for us makes it even better – we just needed to pay for our flights. They’ve also arranged for a rental car, making us quite a bit more mobile.

But what do we do when we get there? I know there are tonnes of places to visit, but reading out of a guidebook is one thing – I’d rather hear from y’all because word of mouth is that much better. Suggestions?

Skegness – So Far

Although I’ve only been to the UK for a few days, I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. I have yet to be run over when crossing the street (it’s tough when you have 30 years of looking to the left and then are told instead to look to the right), I getting by at understanding and conversing with people using the local dialect (truck = lorry), and I’ve found that McDonald’s provides free WiFi and allow me to come out and play. It’s been fantastic.

I would like to show off some of my pictures I’ve taken so far, but I failed to remember to bring my USB cable along with me so you’ll have to wait for now. So in an effort to describe my first impression of Skegness, I’d advise you that it’s a quaint seaside town with a flair for the dramatic. Make sense? Probably not. I’m finding it interesting that on the immediate coastline, there are more casino/arcade/amusement centers to count on one hand. And each one of them has neon lights lit, bells and whistles going, and announcers disclosing the latest bingo ball pulled. However, only a minutes walk away and it’s got a small-town village feel with what I would describe as small cottages.

It’s also shocking that there are cameras everywhere. Almost every fourth lamp post or standard has one attached, nearly every building both inside and out, and there are signs advising you that you are under constant watch even if you don’t immediately see any cameras nearby. I don’t believe I’ll be up to anything that would garner the interest of whomever is watching, but it’s quite different than what we’re used to back in Vancouver. The sheer number of cameras is just amazing.

Anywho, it appears that my batter is running low, so I shall be off.


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