We need a break..
Hello good people! It has been a long while. Much has happened. I finally finished the solo piano record I have been working on. I had been writing those piano pieces for around 10 years, so finishing it left me with an unexpected and complex feeling. On one hand a sense of completion, and on the other a feeling of being lost. I guess I had been working on it so long that the “working on it” became a large part of my life. When that was gone, there was space, which is scary sometimes .. Anyway this blog isn’t about me and my feelings, it’s about Bears. If you would like to listen to some of the finished piano pieces you can at Amazon, itunes or my website.
There was a reason I started off by talking about finishing the record though. It is the beginning of our next story. Faced with this big space in my life, the Bears suggested we might fill it (at least temporarily) with a vacation somewhere special. What better place to relax and ponder the course of one’s life than beautiful Kauai? My girlfriend, the Bears and I packed up our swimsuits and suntan lotion (Bears have very fair skin you know) and headed for Hawaii!
Traveling with Bears
Traveling with Bears is always an adventure; they are in fact wild animals. When we went through airport security, they each did their best impersonation of a stuffed animal so as to not cause us any problems.. As soon as we had boarded the plane, the Bears took off under the seats. They could periodically be seen running down the isle, then ducking back into the jungle of feet and bags. While down there, they managed to find everyone’s stash of snacks. They would come back to our seats eating all manner of things, from cookies to celery sticks. There was a little drama when they discovered some kid eating Gummi bear candies. They devised an elaborate plan involving Cowbear as a decoy in order to steal away the kid’s Gummi bears and set them free once we arrived in Hawaii. Though successful, this let to an angry kid running through the plane yelling about thieving bears, while I guiltily stuffed the newly pilfered candies into my carry on bag. I felt a bizarre mixture of guilt and pride…
Life on the island
Despite such wild adventures, we made it to Kauai. We stayed at the extreme North end of the island, far away from anything. We marveled at the beauty of the nature. We BBQ’d delicious foods from the island. We hiked, played, and took naps. We danced and made friends with spiders, cats and a horse. We argued with a noisy frog, rode in a canoe, drank Mai Tais, and yes we did set the Gummi bears free. They now inhabit a secret forest on the northern end of the island. So, if you are ever hiking in the north side of Kauai, watch out for wild Gummi Bears!!!
Here are some snapshots we took while on our adventure.
Be well, good people.