We went to the beach at Kua Bay in Kekaha Kai State Park . . .
. . . and it didn’t take long for me to get some funny photos of my mom. Before I show you, you need to know that she’s extremely sensitive to cold water. Water that you’d shrug off as being a bit too cool would truly be painful for her. With that in mind, check out these zoomed-in facial expressions:
The one on the left shows her when the water touched her toes for the first time. She wasn’t trying to be goofy. This was not posed. She didn’t even know that I had the camera pointing at her. She was 50 feet away and looking off to the side at my half-sister Martha.
The photo up above on the right shows my mom saying something along the lines of, “I don’t think I can deal with this.”
In all fairness, the water *was* kinda cold, but that didn’t stop her. Here she is backing into/bracing against a wave:
After we’d been at the beach for a while, I took a short walk and climbed onto some lava-rocks. Facing the ocean, this was the view to my left . . .
. . . and this was the view to my right:
I walked to the next patch of lava and found something cute. Using white coral rubble, someone had spelled the word “aloha” inside a heart. I neatened it up a bit and then posed with it:
Yes, that’s a goofy hat, but it works. The goal is to prevent my head from getting fried, not to seduce mermaids.
Here’s a photo of Martha that I took just before we left:
In the late afternoon, she went off on her own snorkeling trip, leaving me and my mom to putz around near the condo. I decided to swim, and my mom decided to . . . observe.
We had to walk down this hill to get to the water:
On the way, my mom asked me to take her picture near these flowers:
Then I had her take mine:
THAT is how to seduce a mermaid. (Except not.)
My mom took a photo of me going in the water . . .
. . . and when I came out, I took this photo of the sunset:
No fancy meals to report from Day 7. I ate several peanut butter and pineapple/mango jam sandwiches . . . and a bunch of toffee/chocolate-covered macadamia nuts.
On a final note, I’m loving the fact that a blizzard is about to hit the northeast.