It was raining as we prepared to head out for our early morning walk, but it cleared, at least temporarily, and we never had to use our umbrellas.
Here are three highlights of the morning.
First, the view of Koko Head as the sun announced its appearance.
Then, in the middle, is Marlo after he enjoyed rolling in some freshly cut grass. He’s the cover dog for my first Kahala Morning Dogs calendar, and has quite a personality. I have to remember to use this picture when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around.
And the third photo was taken as we were crossing the small bridge over the stream that runs through the middle of the Waialae Beach Park.
These photos really define the several parts of our daily walk, from the sunrise through the morning dogs, and then back through the park and home.
The ocean was calm on Tuesday morning, the tide was low, and the dark clouds hanging on the horizon seemed to merge in the distance with the ocean. The normal line separating water from sky was largely absent.
And Hao, one of the little terriers that we meet on the beach in the morning, was taking advantage of the calm conditions and low tide to wade out into the water in search of fish. That’s right. He’s out there on full alert, eyes scanning from side to side in search of fish. Every once in a while he would go ballistic, bouncing out of the water in long splashing strides in pursuit of something only he could see.
He didn’t catch anything, but not for lack of trying.
[Taken with my small carry-around camera, a Canon G7x.]
That’s the big news on this Feline Friday–The 2016 calendars are already ready!
As usual, one features our cats, formerly of Kaaawa and now living in Kahala, along with the two cats that didn’t live through the year.
But this year there’s also a “Kahala Dogs 2016” calendar, featuring the friends we’ve been making on our early morning walks to the beach in our new locale.
And then there’s also a Dawn calendar, this year split between Kaaawa and Kahala, reflecting the split in our lives that happened this summer.
I’ve been making calendars like this for about ten years. I make them to give away as holiday gifts to friends and neighbors. I also make them publicly available for purchase, because it’s simple and doesn’t cost me anything. A handful of them are purchased each year. They are much more collectors items than part of a mass market, for sure.
I managed to push through this week and get the calendars finished much earlier than in recent years.
I just tried to figure out when I started doing these calendars. It’s been at least ten years, I think. With a bit more digging, I may be able to find the definitive answer.
In any case, just click on the cats calendar cover at the top of this post for details on how to order, or to preview the calendar photos.
Our routine has changed in one respect now that we’ve moved to Kahala. We still walk to the beach every morning at dawn, but I no longer carry the bag of dog biscuits as I formerly did in Kaaawa. And we’re in the process of getting to know a whole new cast of morning dogs without benefit of tasty snacks. It’s a slower and trickier process, but we’re managing!
Introducing Marlowe, one of the first dogs we met, and as you can see he’s quite a happy dog. But he’s also painfully shy. Actually, he’s a classic example of “approach-avoidance conflict.” He wants to be friendly, runs happily towards us, and then chickens out at the last minute. If he’s paying attention to another dog, I’ve been able to sneak up quietly and give him a good scratching, which he obviously enjoys and accepts. Then he goes back to staying a few safe feet away.
Most of the dogs we meet have been on the beach, with only a few met while walking the interior streets of Kahala. And all the walls have meant that we haven’t met any dogs as we walk past their yards. That’s very different from Kaaawa.
We spent Friday night with friends in Kaaawa. After wine o’clock and dinner, we stayed the night in a spare room downstairs in their house, a wonderful space, and I especially enjoyed this little salt & pepper pair displayed on a shelf (photos below). Okay, the cat got my attention, but the whole concept, and the colors, are wonderful! A great find, for sure.
And, by the way, our early morning walk down to the beach in Kaaawa didn’t go as smoothly as we hoped. When we reached our first two regular morning dogs, one greeted us enthusiastically after our month-long absence, while the other barked once and ran away, retreating into the garage with her tail between her legs and then emerging a few times just to cast worried glances our way and let out a sharp bark or two.
Farther down the beach, the tide and waves were too high to reach another couple of our favorite dogs, Bella and Murphy.
We had better luck on the back roads walking back, where we were able to meet and greet a string of our regular hounds without further issues.
It was fun to be back, and we hope to make these overnight site visits regularly.