Welcome to Joeann’s Blog!

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I am a baby boomer, hippie chick who was bitten by the travel bug decades ago and I have never recovered. I have adventured through over 30 countries and 4 continents and can often be found on a warm island beach in places like Tahiti, The Cook Islands, and Hawaii. On this blog, I’ll be joyfully sharing my view. It…

Places I Have Visited

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Four Continents, Lots of Islands and 30+ Countries North America * Every US state except Rhode Island and North Dakota * Vancouver * Banff South and Central America * Ecuador * Peru * Bolivia * Argentina * Uruguay * Mexico * Panama Europe * UK * Ireland * France * Germany * Sweden * Iceland * Portugal * Spain *…

Live Longer: Tennis On the Road

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My day usually begins with a singles set of tennis with my husband, Bub. So, I was delighted to learn it is going to lengthen our lives by 9.7 years, according to a study done over 25 years with 8600 participants! The interesting research attributes this not only to the sport but to the socializing that takes place. Hopefully, we…

Hidden Gem in Naalehu

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Who knew some of the best food on the Big Island was a food truck in Naalehu? The fellow sitting in front of us on our flight from Phoenix to Kona over was telling his seatmates about this place. We had 5 hours to kill after checking out of the hotel and waiting for our plane, so an excursion south…

Big Island Cows Make The Best Burgers!

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The Big Island is home to large herds of cattle, brought to Hawaii over 160 years ago. The Parker Ranch is the center of this historic legacy, providing beef to local eateries. Across the Big Island, scrumptious burgers are made from this locally sourced, grass-fed, organic beef. With that as a foundation, the quest to sample and rate the very best…

Hawaii Staycation Vacation

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The view today… Many years ago, the kids, 16 and 18 at the time, and Bub and I did a week-long Christmas trip to Kauai and Maui. I’d never been to either of the islands and was excited to see everything. I remember clearly one day when the kids and I decided to drive the road to Hana from the…

Big Island Perfection

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The view from Hawaii’s Big Island… It was pitch black outside as I rolled out of bed at 4 AM, victim of the 3 hour time difference from home. A canopy of twinkling stars filled the night sky and a quiet, peacefulness surrounded me as I brewed some Hawaiian coffee. We are staying at The Bay Club which is part…

Living The Good Life on The Big Island

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Over the 30 years we’ve been visiting The Big Island, we’ve seen most of the well-known landmarks and then some. This trip we’re dropping in on places we love but not jumping in the car for daylong treks. It is feeling like a taste of what living here could be like. Interestingly, the perfect home just went on the market in…

Happy Hawaii 2018

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Today’s view…… Includes swaying palm trees, towering volcanos in the distance and lots of smiles and aloha! Tucson to Kona on American Airlines started bright and early. Phoenix Sky Harbor’s morning rush hour airplane traffic caused delays and our scheduled 25-minute puddle jumper flight ended up being a two-hour first leg. Don’t you love how they can board and push back,…