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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day!

Today being Memorial Day we took the opportunity to go and visit the World War II Veterans Cemetery in Honolulu.  Yesterday some Scouts from our church went to place flags and lei's on the grave sites, and we were able to see the fruits of their labors today.  What a site!  It also gave us the opportunity to teach our son about the sacrifices that others have made for our freedoms.  He didn't completely get it, but I am still glad we went.  I was on the verge of tears the entire time.  What a blessing it is to live in these United States and have the freedoms we have; freedom of religion, freedom of education, which includes the freedom to home school....just to name a few.  Here are the pictures we took at the cemetery today:







After the cemetery we went up the road to Pali Lookout, and hiked the old highway (now it's just an overgrown trail).  If you hike far enough down there is a water fall, but we didn't make it.  Was still a nice hike though.  We had lots of opportunity for learning along the way as well, we learned about roots, bees and seeds.  We also saw some chickens, roosters and baby chicks (they are all wild here in HI), and got to feel the power of wind!!  We also learned about how we should not litter, and picked up trash we saw along the way.  


These Hawaii trees are amazing!  They grow roots from their limbs and can grow pretty much anywhere...this one has grown over the cement wall!  They are Banyan Trees.










This poem came to mind when I took the pictures that follow it:
THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

...Robert Frost


The day ended with Q and the boys bringing home a baby bird they found in the parking lot by the playground...last baby bird we had (back when Q and I were first married, died....I'm hoping this one has a better fate).  

Couldn't get this song out of my head as we hiked today.  It truly is a beautiful world that Heavenly Father has blessed us with.

Our favorite books for exploring Hawaii

3 comments:

  1. your pictures are gorgeous! I love that you take the opportunity to use every experience as a teaching one.

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  2. wonderful photos, beautiful! What a great adventure! I loved the photo of the hen with chicks! :) I hope your baby bird thrives with you.

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  3. I can related to being in tears while touring the cemetery. We went to the UK WWII Cemetery for my sons boy scout troop and had a great learning experience. I thought all WWII cemeteries had Latin crosses? All the ones in Europe do. Very interesting going to have to look this up.

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