Next stop Shanghai

The trip to Shanghai is confirmed and this is the itinerary:

Shanghai 🚃 Hangzhou 🚃 Nanjing 🚃 Wuxi 🚃 Suzhou 🚃Shanghai.

It’s gonna be a whirlwind of a trip because it is a package tour but hopefully we still get to do some exploring of our own. The kids are excited about doing another overseas trip and I’ve already started reading up on the cities we’ll be visiting.

On the agenda

There is one trip with the family already confirmed for next March a tour of Shanghai. The girl is off to Cuba in December and will spend the first week of the New Year there. Another one that has been discussed for next summer is a trip to Europe with Italy and Spain on the top of the list. Lastly at the end of next summer is a trip to drop off the boy wherever he decides to go to college. Lots of miles in the air for the family these next 10 months.

Paddling has wrapped up and my club’s long distance crew will be doing the Molokai this Sunday. The only time I will be able to get in a boat for the next few months is on Sundays with Kamehameha CC if they run an off season paddling program. Not having a regular exercise schedule for means I have to find activities that will get me out and about. There is a club called the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club that takes members and non-members on hikes all over Oahu. I convinced my wife to go on one at the end of October and there is another in November that I have an interest in. For my next post I’ll load pics and my opinion on the hike.

Summer vacation pt. 1

The family vacation was Japan this summer from late July to mid August. It was our first international trip and we had a blast! Tokyo totally kicked our asses with its heat and humidity but such a great city to get lost in and wander around to discover stuff. That actually played out in all the cities we visited which included Sendai and Sapporo. I plan to write more posts and post photos as I sort through my assorted memory cards. Here are my first collection of photos.

View of Arakawa River from our AirBnB in Tokyo.
Cabins at Gassan Pole Pole Farm in Yamagata Prefecture.
Mount Gassan first summit.
New Chitose Airport gate numbers.

Back to the grind

Regatta season ended several weeks ago in an anticlimactic way for me and my club. For one I went on a family vacation the weekend of the Oahu championship races and two the regatta was cancelled anyway due to debris and unsafe water quality at the race venue.

I’ve rejoined my club for long distance practices and my first was Wednesday after a three week long break. I felt good and not winded after that practice but I was in the slowest boat and in seat 5. Friday’s practice I was with a faster crew in seat three and I’m definitely feeling some wear on my body this morning. Sunday practice at 7 am so I better get a good night’s rest and set my alarm correctly.

Friday’s practice route.