On the road to Paia or upcountry, I always see a big hill in the distance. I’ve always wondered about it. Yesterday I decided I would try to drive over to it.

It was a winding route, and I ended up passing right by my friend Koryna’s work place, so I stopped to chat. She knew the big hill and told me how to get there.

It turns out, it’s a park. It is called ” The 4th Marine Division Memorial Park ” because there was a huge encampment there during World War 2. Now, it’s a delightful open space with an outstanding playground.

The hill is also there of course. I couldn’t find a big trailhead to go up to the top. There were several small trails. Maybe one of them went to the top, but I didn’t try any of them. Maybe another day…

There were two trail entrances here…
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  1. Lauren says:

    Well, now I need to see that playground. If I came to see it, it would be a tax write-off, yes? I’m outta Fear Pills, though, so I’ll have to settle for a picture when you investigate those trails. 🙂

  2. ANN Bergman says:

    If we remember correctly, that hill is also called “Giggle Hill” because the GIs would take local girls up there to cuddle and you could hear their giggles late into the evenings… Ask Peter W. or any other longtime resident about the tale.

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Good-bye, Glasses

My drinking glasses have stems at the bottom. It is fun and fancy.

But it is also maddening. The inside of the glass tapers down to a point, and no matter how much I rinse the glasses after using them, there always seems to be some beverage remnant, which dries to a frustratingly difficult dot of residue that I must scrape and scrape when washing dishes.

Yesterday I was in Ross, and saw some glasses and decided to get them. Eight bucks for ten glasses! That’s like, er, twenty-five cents a glass, right? Cool! I have new, easy-to-clean glasses!

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Practice Time

Judy and I will be playing a duet for Easter Sunday. The piano part is a little beyond my reach, so I’m playing the organ part. But it’s been a while since I played organ, so I need to practice.

Yesterday I went into church in the afternoon to get some time on the organ. It was fun to play around with the stops. And after a little while, my fingers started to remember the less-bouncy touch of organ playing.

A few more practices, and I think I’ll be ready…

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Sunset, Moonrise

I went out to get some food yesterday, and on my way back home, the sun was setting, and the moon was rising. On my way up the condo complex driveway, the moon lined up perfectly for a picture. It looked way bigger in real life, but I still like the picture.

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Exciting Anticipation

I switched the mosaic water plants to a larger pot a couple weeks ago, but the larger pot got me thinking… I should get a bigger water plant! …I should get a LOTUS! Woo!!!

I went online and found a small variety of lotus that thrives in containers, that blooms all summer long, and that has “red” flowers (they’re actually pink). The variety name is “chu chu”, because it was developed in China. I ordered one.

It arrived yesterday! So exciting!

The root will sprout quickly, and in a few days the first leaves will already be coming out. I will love watching it grow. And when the flowers finally come, they will be SO BEAUTIFUL! I love lotus flowers! HERE is a google image search so you can see the “chu chu” flowers.

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