Aloha! We have a winner from last week's posts - Kim H! Best wishes to the East Coast as they prepare for Hurricane Sandy. Let me offer you serene pictures as you weather the storm. Above are wild flowers that grow just past the sand dunes at Bellows Beach - a recreation center for military personnel on Oahu's East Coast.
Looking southward, the Makapu'u Peninsula jets out near Sandy Beach. The uninhabited islet to the left is Mānana Island - "buoyant" island. Mānana is a marine bird sanctuary.
Looking northward is the recreation center. I was walking along the "public beach" that is closed during the week for the Marines practice their assault landings. On the weekend, the "public beach" reopens to all - Hawaiians love to bring their families for overnight camping adventures!
Because the public beach was closed, I only found one companion ... a coconut! No Marines to be found!
This patch of green is my marker to leave the beach and walk back into the recreation center via the front gate. Do you have a favorite place to walk, think, and reflect? One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, November 3, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 4.
Kim in Hawaii