Happy 70th Birthday, Babu! Hope You Like Mice!

Monday 12.24.12 travelogue – AP

Me again!  It was Babu’s birthday today so we gave him the cards we made for him on the airplane and gave him lots of hugs and kisses.  Today was spent getting in and out of the car all day to see waterfalls, beaches, and canyons. I thoughtfully advised my mother that I needed to use the facilities before we made the steep climb up 3400 ft to the Waimea Canyon Lookout. Too bad the Visitor’s Center was closed for Christmas Eve.  Good thing there were some tall shrubbery nearby.  Once we reached the top, we had a quick cold pineapple break before going to the lookout. Everyone was so excited by the view below:

IMG_0940 IMG_0941 IMG_0959But I think I speak for everyone that the most breath-taking sight, the most awe-inspiring vision, the thing that made the long journey up the mountain worth it was the canyon mouse:

IMG_0952 IMG_0953 IMG_0954 IMG_0955 IMG_0957 IMG_0958Right?! We were so fortunate to see this graceful creature in its native habitat! The only thing that would have made this more sublime was if we had had some crackers to share with this majestic animal. Too soon, we had to say ‘good-bye’ to the mouse and head back down the mountain before the rain came in.

We found shelter from the rain under some canopies at Island Taco. We stayed cozily in the car while my mom ran out to get us some delicious ice cream before heading back to the hotel where the kind staff had dropped off some Christmas cookies as thank you for the tips we had been leaving each day (hat tip for tip on tips to KG).

IMG_0962 IMG_0963 IMG_0964It rained all day so we stayed in reading, thinking about the mouse, watching TV, talking about the mouse, and playing video games while the parents went on a exciting excursion to Kmart. [Ed. note: KMART RULES!  Not only did it have a decent produce section, but the souvenir section was ample and cheap! This is where you want to go to stock up on Anahola Granola, leis, and coffee.]

We celebrated Babu’s 70th Birthday at Duke’s where all ten of us were seated in our usual corner table. Santa came by with gifts for all of the kids and BSG scored a toy but ZP and I only got chocolate from his elf because when he came to our table, our food had arrived and he turned away. Ah well. The Hula Pie was enough to make us forget about the easily distracted Santa. It was tasty! I bet the mouse would have approved.

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