Well I'm afraid that winter is officially here. We are, in fact, considering building our first fire. It is not just the chill - for me it is as much about the dampness caused from the rain. I am not complaining, however, as we desperately needed the rain for many reasons. One reason is that it is very dry around here. More importantly, however, are the forest wildfires that are surrounding the area and burning hundreds of acres. We have a burn ban in effect but apparently someone dropped a lighted cigarette and had endangered several homes in a neighboring county. Smoke is very bad even here in Lexington. So sad. Thankfully after several days the firemen contained the fires and eventually shut them out last night. The rain today was a blessing to check any possibility of the flames reigniting hopefully.
Downside is that the rain is promising to change to snow this weekend - no thank you!
DUO DESIGNS STITCHING RETREAT - 2023
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We have been concentrating on getting the Greece Stitching Cruise optional kit finished to share with participants and potential participants. It is so close but looks like it will be next week before we can share. As soon as our agent gets the new Itinerary confirmed and in the brochure we will be sharing that with you too. It has really excited us all that we will be doing 2 days in Venice on the revised cruise. Stay tuned!
In the meanwhile we are practicing the hula! The Hawaiian Island Hopping Stitching Cruise is just around the corner. If Santa needs some ideas for Christmas gifts you might want to whisper in his ear - !
Let's take a close look at what we have in store on this adventure.
First we have 2 nights in Honolulu before we embark on to our ship to cruise!
While on Honolulu we have many options to explore. We can enjoy the beach. Make sure you have sunscreen if you take this option. Like to shop? One of the most popular shopping markets - Ala Moana Market - is available and waiting to share their wares with the eager shoppers.
Food? You name it and you will find it somewhere on this wonderful Island. How about checking out Diamond Head? Do you like to take in the Island on a hop-on hop-off double decker bus - that is available also. Want to do a luau? History buffs will want to take advantage of visiting the Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial. Each time I return it seems it is more emotional for me. There are two needlepoint shops available to visit also.
Mercy! And we haven't even started the Cruise yet! So on Day 3 in the afternoon we board our ship with much excitement! Around 7pm we head out to water so we can awaken at a new Island and new adventures.
Kohului, Maui welcomes us after breakfast. We will actually be staying overnight in port of this island. Should we have golfers in our group they may well want to check out the golf courses. Then there are more beautiful beaches. Beautiful flora is here for our enjoyment at well - Botanical Gardens and Lavender fields. Much, much more. We head out around dinner time and enjoy sailing while possibly taking in a show or entertainment onboard.
Stitching classes will be announced once the Captain lets us know when and where.
After sailing all night, we will check out Hilo after breakfast. We will spend the day on this island and take in all its sights. Approximately 30 miles from the ship is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park which is home to the active Kilauea Volcano. Interesting architecture is exhibited in historic buildings for our history buffs to explore.
On the morning of the 19th we will arrive at Kona. Here we find green and black sand beaches! Coffee lovers might want to tour a coffee plantation. The crystal blue waters will make it difficult to pull yourself away to take in other beauties the Island has to offer.
Nawiliwili, Kauai will entertain us for Day 8 and Day 9. Oh my - look at the tour options the ship offers:
• Best of Kauai - On this introduction to the “Garden Isle,” you’ll explore two of Kauai’s most dramatic natural attractions - the 3,000- foot-deep Waimea Canyon and the lush landscapes lining the Wailua River, including the famed Fern Grotto.
• Journey to Waimea Canyon - Discover Waimea Canyon, the breathtaking gorge in the heart of Kauai that is one of the island’s most dramatic natural attractions.
• Luau Kalamaku & Plantation Train - Climb aboard the Kauai Plantation Railroad for a narrated tour through fruit orchards and exotic tropical flower gardens. Then feast your eyes on hulas and fire dances and dine on a lavish luau. Wailua River & Fern Grotto - Board a flat-bottom motor launch for your journey up the tranquil Wailua River as it floats past lush jungle landscapes on the way to Fern Grotto and pay a visit to Opaekaa Falls.
Next morning we must say goodbye as we disembark and head back home.
Next week we hope to share more of the upcoming Greece Stitching Adventure!