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Living the Dream on a Truck Bed of Roses

We’ve just begun breaking in our restored/rebuilt 1950 Chevy 3100 Pickup Truck. It was a real treat last weekend to finally pull our custom home-built teardrop trailer with this beautiful vintage truck.

My fascination with this truck (and others like her) is that she has aged gracefully. I love that she is still pretty, tough, and practical, too. We’ve been calling the truck “Ruby,” but Mark says she’s a whole lot like me. I’ll take that as a compliment. I hope I age as well as she has.  🙂

Today, we made a run to the store to gather up materials for a raised-bed planter in the backyard where we’ll plant a variety of tomatoes, but we also committed to buying roses, even though we only rent our current home. They were far too beautiful and fragrant to pass up. I know they will bring us a lot of joy.

We’re looking forward to a few summertime camping trips up north in Arizona this year, where Ponderosa Pines in the high mountains will protect us from the desert heat.

Hope you all are doing as well as we are. If not, we wish you better days ahead.

Love,


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1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore / Rebuild_3: Hard Body Meets Firm Foundation

1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore / Rebuild_4: Grilling on a Sunday Afternoon

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Maui, Hawaii [Part 6]: Flora Whatchamacallit #2?

CAN YOU HELP? I’m dumbfounded again. I cannot identify this type of palm tree I photographed in Maui. I took the photo at Koki Beach, off the road to Hana. I love that the root structure is as complex and voluminous as the upper branches. If you stripped this palm of its leaves and laid it its side, it might be hard to tell which are the branches and which are the roots!

unknown tree, Maui, Hawaii
I haven’t yet found out what type of tree this is. If you know, please share!

So, whatchamacallit? Please share what you know in the comment section below. THANKS!


Happy Trails,

Sue J.

See other recent posts related to my trip to Maui, Hawaii:

Maui, Hawaii [Part 5]: Flora Whatchamacallit?

Maui, Hawaii [Part 4]: Bread Grows on Trees?

Maui, Hawaii [Part 3]: Rainbow Sightings Guaranteed

Maui, Hawaii [Part 2]: Wild About the Wildlife

Maui, Hawaii [Part 1]: Stunning, By Land or By Sea

Snow in Hawaii: Worth the Trip

Maui, Hawaii [Part 5]: Flora Whatchamacallit?

CAN YOU HELP? I’m dumbfounded. I cannot identify this flora specimen I photographed in Maui.

While strolling through a free arboretum on the way to Hana on the Hana Highway in Maui, I came upon a bunch of large, blue seed pods or nuts on the ground near a Golden Bamboo cluster.  There were plenty of other trees in the area, but the nuts were nearest the colossal bamboo.

free arboretum, Hana, Hana Highway, unidentified blue pods, nuts
Unidentified blue seed pods or nuts while wandering through a free arboretum along the Hana Highway.

The Golden Bamboo cluster I found these nuts by was huge; I looked as short as an elf standing next to it. Many of the bamboo stalks were three and four inches wide. Knocking on them was like knocking on cement. If I were stranded on a untouched area of Maui (could that even exist?), even I would have no problem building shelter for myself. That is, of course, if I could actually CUT the bamboo. <wait for it . . . >  DAMN!

golden bamboo, maui, hawaii
Golden bamboo in Maui.

So, whatchamacallit? Please share what you know in the comment section below. THANKS!


Happy Trails,

Sue J.

See other recent posts related to my trip to Maui, Hawaii:

Maui, Hawaii [Part 4]: Bread Grows on Trees?

Maui, Hawaii [Part 3]: Rainbow Sightings Guaranteed

Maui, Hawaii [Part 2]: Wild About the Wildlife

Maui, Hawaii [Part 1]: Stunning, By Land or By Sea

Snow in Hawaii: Worth the Trip

Maui, Hawaii [Part 4]: Bread Grows on Trees?

Bread grows on trees. So does love. Maui will inspire the naturalist in you.

There are Banana Trees that bear fruit to enjoy with bread and fresh-brewed Hawaiian coffee. There’s papaya and pineapple, and fruits that look like pineapple but are NOT! There is guava and peach palm fruit. And then there is bread that grows on trees. Really? Well, not quite, but there is an edible fruit that grows on Breadfruit Trees. Heck, even LOVE grows on the trees of Hawaii (It really does! Check out the hearts and kisses adorning the trunk of the Papaya Tree below). That’s Hawaii for you–always something interesting to discover.

There isn’t a shortage of natural fruits growing in Hawaii. Maui is a pleasure trove full of delightful delicacies everywhere you turn. The sheer variety of fruited flora is mind blowing. I’ve only had a few days to explore. What will YOU uncover when YOU go to Maui?


Happy Trails,

Sue J.

See other recent posts related to my trip to Maui, Hawaii:

Maui, Hawaii [Part 3]: Rainbow Sightings Guaranteed

Maui, Hawaii [Part 2]: Wild About the Wildlife

Maui, Hawaii [Part 1]: Stunning, By Land or By Sea

Snow in Hawaii: Worth the Trip

Maui, Hawaii [Part 3]: Rainbow Sightings Guaranteed

There aren’t many places you can go and be guaranteed you’ll see a rainbow. In Maui, they’re easily viewable. The camera doesn’t lie.

 

These are Maui’s stunning Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees. We saw them in a few locations on the way to Hana on Hana Highway. For quick and easy viewing, you can’t miss them on the left side of Hana Highway as you make your way south to Hana. There is a lovely grove that catches your attention. Do yourself a favor and stop. We did. We even felt compelled to hug one of the trees.

ASIDE: In all honesty, we were stunned and disappointed to see that people had carved graffiti into the tree trunks. It’s a sin in my book that these beautiful living trees were tortured for a while so someone’s ego could be stroked for a lifetime.  Is that really the mark we’d like to leave for all time?–that we successfully destroyed something beautiful? Please respect nature, folks. When it’s gone, it’s gone, and no amount of wishing and magic can bring it back.


Happy Trails,

Sue J.

See other recent posts related to my trip to Maui, Hawaii:

Maui, Hawaii [Part 2]: Wild About the Wildlife

Maui, Hawaii [Part 1]: Stunning, By Land or By Sea

Snow in Hawaii: Worth the Trip