Nope, I don't have any pictures of palm trees yet but hopefully we will very shortly. Tomorrow we are heading West to a warmer place for a few vacation days to a tiny speck of land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I sure hope the pilot knows what he is doing. The BIG island of Hawaii is twice as big as all the other Hawaiian islands combined and is home to an active volcano, (Kilauea). We have decided to make Kailua-Kona our home base on the Kona Coast. It is known for 300 days of sunshine with very little temperature fluctuations.
I am travelling very light. I am learning to do with less as there is less storage on my bike and I tend to bring more than I need. This time I am probably bringing less then I need. I am planning some trips on my bike during 2010 and by the time you pack all the mechanical essentials, safety, emergency and electronic gizmos, you have no room left for clothes. I think on my extended weekend to Kelowna last year I only brought 2 t-shirts, shorts and an extra pair of pants and I thought that even that was too much. Plus I also wear full riding gear; jacket, riding pants and riding boots even in the heat of summer. This trip is a test for me to learn how not to overpack.
My essentials are my camera gear. I am leaving the big guns at home and only bringing pocket cameras. My Hawaiian Camera (recent purchase for this Hawaiian trip) is my new hybrid camera (Panasonic DMC-ZS3) which is capable of taking very good still images, has a 12x optical zoom and produces excellent quality HD video 720p30 . No camera is perfect so my backup is my Canon G10 which I will use for my daylight pictures at 80 or 100 iso and for my night shots. I require the manual mode for this, and also I have a radio shutter release for the G10 for my family portraits.
I hardly have any room for clothes. All of my cameras need a different charger, plus I have a Lenmar Unisource multi charger which is capable of charging virtually any camera battery I am bringing as a backup. As P&S batteries are very small I also have a small 100w inverter so I will be able to charge batteries in the rent-a-car and managed a small Manfrotto tripod in the suitcase.
Without going into full detail, I am only bringing; 1 shirt, 1 golf type shirt, 2 T-shirts, 1 shorts, 1 convertible/shorts, bathing suit and understuff. I am not sure if I have room for the Pink Crocs as they say you need hiking shoes to go up the mountain and it is colder than KW up there. I am bringing a small netbook with an extra 500 gig external drive.
I don't like to leave you hanging with only a single photo so I will lead you to a short video which highlights a short section of I-5 on our way to Seattle last December. We had to drive down there two weekends in a row. The first weekend was to meet Troubador, Trobairitz and Chuck and visit the Seattle Cycle World & Toyota Motorcyle show. The following weekend we attended a birthday luncheon in Bellevue. We try to avoid freeways where possible and usually by-pass Seattle by taking 405 to I-90, but on this day we were headed to Pike Place Market to visit Chuck.
Stay tuned. I hope to be able to post some pictures while we are away, but realize that I am only using a Netbook with a small keyboard so entries may be shorter than usual and WiFi is only available from the resort lobby. There may be a requirement to wear clothes while posting.