Saturday, July 30, 2016

Three Falls for Boomer - Waterfalls & Hiking



Spent overnight at my friend's vacation rental. Conveniently located right off of Route 16 in North Conway but super quiet and comfy! We had plans to hike to Arethusa Falls making a loop along the Frankenstein Cliff trail. But my old  buddy Boomer was a bit sore so we backtracked to the trailhead stopping off at Bemis Falls for lunch, and then Coliseum Falls. As you can see by my photos, Boomer absolutely loved all 3 beautiful falls!


Along the Arethusa Trail







Saturday, July 23, 2016

Nickerson Ledges - Solo Hiking


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Shaka from Nickerson Ledge


Nickerson Ledges
Trails: Piper, Nickerson Ledge
3 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 

Originally I was going to hike to the Nickerson ledge, the Carter ledge and then onto Three Sisters. But the heat and humidity was not good for my asthma so I just hiked up to the Nickerson Ledge. Easier breathing and fantastic view once I got out onto the ledge! Bummed I had to turn around and head down. Really wanted to see the Carter Ledge as there are some climbing routes along the Carter slabs. Next time!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Hokule'a - Hawaiian Voyaging Canoe


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Hokule'a docks at Wentworth By The Sea Marina

I paused to take in the gentle breeze, cool air, sunny blue-bird skies and the salty smell of the ocean. It was then I experienced an unexpected familiarity, but I knew exactly what it was! Standing aboard the Hokule’a felt like being back home in Hawaii! The mana I felt while on board this floating island was evident, even 6000 miles from Hawaii! From her first voyage in Tahiti, to her current visit along the shores of the USA east coast, thousands have experienced the hopes, the dreams and all that she embodies of the Hawaiian spirit. I smiled. It took standing aboard the Hokule'a to remind me of where I'm from. Where my heart and soul will always be connected to – no matter where I live. And the powerful message she brings along on her worldwide voyage. – Lovena Pao Harwood

The Hokule’a is a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe. She left Hawaii in May 2014 and her 3-year journey will cover 47,000 nautical miles with stops in 85 ports and 26 countries. She is not equipped with auxiliary motors and travels the ocean using an ancient Polynesian skill called “wayfinding” - celestial navigation and observation of nature.  Malama Honua translanted as  “To care for our island Earth”  is the powerful message that the crew of Hokule’a carries to promote sustainability and the importance of taking care of our island earth.

Members of the Hui Anuenue, New England Hawaiian Club waited two years in hopes of Hokule'a coming to the east coast. Her long awaited arrival was truly wonderful and we excitedly gathered at the Wentworth By The Sea Marina for the Hokule’a arrival ceremonies, canoe tours and crew presentations. Enjoy our videos and photos taken during the festivities!


July 16, 2016 - Luncheon & Hokule'a Arrival
Members of the Hui Anuenue, New England Club met for lunch, Hula and kanikapila at the Salt Kitchen & Bar, Wentworth By The Sea Hotel & Spa. A private enclave was set up for our group with a special menu of 3 courses. The food and service were outstanding! They even let us leave to view the Hokule'a arrival and ceremonies down at the marina, after which we returned and continued ordering and eating! After our 3 hour lunch, we had kanikapila out on the lanai.


Photos by Lovena Harwood & Gerry Anson



Club members at the Wentworth By The Sea Hotel & Spa


Nancy and I eagerly await the Hokule'a!

At the marina many people gathered to greet the Hokule'a as she docked. 

Al, Nancy and Larry greeting the Hokule'a with the Pū!


The crew makes it way onto the pier escorted by 
the Pennacook-Abenaki Tribal Council


Sagamore Paul Pouliot of the Pennacook-Abenaki Tribe with the Hokule'a crew




The Hokule'a Crew 21




Sagamore Paul Pouliot presents the crew with traditional song

Maya Saffrey performs a sitting hula and a mele as an offering to the crowd.


Captain Bruce Blankenfeld embraces Sagamore Paul Pouliot
after presenting him with a gift of the Kahili that
commemorates the friendship formed on this day.


Club member Dara presented Matt Kanemoto (Hokule'a cook)
an herb lei handmade with herbs from her garden.
(Ivy: Friendship, Mint: Wisdom, Oregano: Joy & Happiness,
Lavender: Devotion & Luck, Sage: Long life, 
Rosemary: Remembrance, Thyme: Strength & Courage
Maple leaf to symbolize New England and Purple and green kale)


July 17, 2016 - Hokule'a Canoe Tour
A perfect day to tour the beautiful Hokule'a voyaging canoe! Many members of the community came out to speak with crew members and learn about Hokule'a and Malama Honua.




July 18, 2016 - Hokule'a Meet & Greet
A few of us gathered at the Flatbread Pizza in Portsmouth, NH to meet with the Hokule'a crew.  Hui Anuenue, New England Hawaiian Club had a luncheon fundraiser several months ago with ono kine grindz, hula and kanikapila and raised a total of $600! Club president Nancy Griffin presented the monetary donation and a gift box of handmade goodies to Capt Bruce. I also made some butter mochi which I gave to Matt. It was the crews last night in Portsmouth, NH and we wanted to wish them well! We will always have fond memories of Hokule'a and her crew. Hele me Akua!





Wednesday, July 6, 2016

La Sportiva Ultra Runners - Product Review

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La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Mountain Runners

It's time to give up the boots! I returned a pair of Vasque Talus Ultra Dry Hiking Boots because 2.5 miles into a (low elevation) hike, I developed pain over the top of my feet, near my toes. These boots were just too stiff! I was at REI trying on a pair of Soloman's high boots when the Raptors caught my eye. A woman sitting next to me was trying them on. I asked her how she liked the shoes and she went on to tell me that she had read good reviews on the shoe. What caught my attention was that it’s a good shoe for rock climbing approaches. That pretty much sold me! I ditched the 2 pairs of Soloman boots I was trying and had the sales rep bring me a couple of Raptors to try on. I normally wear a size 38 in the La Sportiva Nepal EVO ice climbing boot and a size 7 in street shoes. But the size 38/7 Raptors were just a tad bit snug. The 38.5/7.5 fit perfectly with a little bit of space at the toes for thicker socks. 

Comfortable & Light: Right out of the box I wore these on a small hike to Thoreau Falls. It was comfortable and didn't feel like I was lugging weight on my feet. No pain, no blisters. No worries! 

Mesh: I did get these wet on the many water crossings of my Mt. Isolation hike. But the shoes held up and dried out like a champ! And since my toes always run hot, these runners kept my toes cool. As long as my toes were comfy and cool, I’ll hike.

Toe guards and sides: I bump into stumps and rocks while hiking and scrambling and these guards help prevent injuries.

Sticky sole: A pro rock climber uses them as an approach shoe so I figured I could use them too. Sure enough, the shoes are fantastic for approaches. But I've also used these runners to climb the first 4 pitches of the Standard Route on Whitehorse Ledge Good traction and indeed they stuck!


Wide toe box, narrow heel:  My toes can “play the piano” but my heel isn’t slipping up and down as I step.

Overall, these shoes rock. I use them on all my 3-season hikes and climbing approaches! I purchased these pair of shoes with my own funds. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Crow Hill - Trad Lead


Got to lead Broadwalk (5.5) of the Practice Wall today with Jeff D. on my belay! No joke, the beginning of the crack is difficult for the grade! Even going up from the right to traverse over to the crack was sketchy for me. Not like those lovely slabs of Whitehorse for sure! Even though it was only one pitch, it was good practice for placing pro and setting up a multi pitch anchor to bring Jeff up.