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Mar 29-Apr 1, 2012

Updated Apr 9, 2012 - Our "anniversary" trip to the Big Island turns into...


Beautiful scenery, beautiful rainbows at the end of our "day off"


At southernmost point of the United States


Our "anniversary" trip to the Big Island


TSA hassle in Kona does not diminish wonderful experiences

HAPUNA BEACH, Big Island, Apr 1 - Turkey for Easter? Only in Hawaii. And only on April Fool's Day.  Yet that was the scenery under our hotel window when we woke up on this Sunday morning.

After a relaxing walk and a nice time on the beach, we headed toward the airport fearful of delays on the single highway that leads there. We had been told that the annual "Lava Man" triathlon would be taking place.  As it turned out, we only experienced minor delays.

Wish I could say the same about the TSA inspection at the Kona airport.  Unlike any other place in the world through which I have traveled, my shaman's Mesa looked "suspicious" to the blue-shirted morons in Kona.

"You have some rocks there?" the TSA guy inquired.

"I do. So?"

"We are going to have to inspect them."

"Okay," I said. "Suit yourself. But I just have to warn you - these are sacred stones.  Only a shaman is supposed to handle them."

I offered to open the Mesa for him.  But the TSA inspector refused.  "We must do it," he insisted.

"Okay," I said. "Go ahead as far as I am concerned.  It's between you and the Spirit now. I have warned you."

Well, that evidently made him nervous so he went to get a female supervisor. I repeated to her what I had already told him.

"Why don't you open it?" she suggested.

"Well, I offered.  But this guy said only he was supposed to do it."

Well, I did open it.  And they did gawk at my "kullas" as if they'd never seen a stone before. And then they put the Mesa through the X-ray machine again.  As if the rocks would have changed their shape or qualities in the meantime.

"Okay, you're all set," the male inspector said at the end.

And just think - you and I pay his salary! Morons in Blue. Maybe I should write a song like that. After all, Gershwin did it, too "Rhapsody in Blue."

After that, Elizabeth and I enjoyed the tropical scenery at the open air Kona airport. It was like looking at our home vegetation.  And when we got home, this is what awaited us...

...more beautiful tropical vegetation.


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