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Polly Personification

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Well my friends, near and far—it’s been quite some time since our last writing.  Pollyroger needed to take a breather from her world-wind year of travels to be honest.  She’s now rested and ready to go out meet some new folks once again.  Since that is what Pollyroger thrives on is friendships… =)

Her “mom” got the opportunity to dress as a pirate for her company’s annual awards banquet a couple of weeks ago.  The event was held at the Halekulani Hotel (the only remaining 5 star property on Oahu) from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.  The invitation read “Attire- Pirate Bling”…oh if they only knew!!  So in broad daylight we invitees go strolling in our pirate bling costumes—what a hoot!  Talk about some looks from the hotel’s guests….

Polly Personified

The event was first class and FUN!!   Did we ever pick the right company to go to work for or what?!

But the fun didn’t end there, when “Polly” is getting out of her car in the parking garage where she lives, along comes a man and his little 3 or 4 year old daughter, just as Polly is getting out of the car.  “Arrghh, little girl” she says, “Would you like some goodies from me booty bag?!”  The little girl stares at her with eyes wide open in fear, Polly pulls a chocolate gold coin from her booty bag and hands it to the little girl.  The father asks, “Is that chocolate?”  “Arrgghh, yes it be!” Polly replies.  The little girl lights up with a grin from ear to ear as we step into the elevator together…she believes she’s met a real live pirate woman!! =)

Got FUN?!  You betcha….

Pirate Pillage

From Duke’s on Sunday; to Duke’s 121st Birthday; to Duke’s on Sunday…. =)

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Aloha amigos—my last writing was of a man known for his “Aloha Spirit” Henry Kapono who has been performing music in the islands since the early 70’s.  This post brings us full circle with the Oceanfest Celebrations we had this past week, celebrating our first Ambassador of Aloha, Olympic medalist, Duke Kahanamoku.  He would have celebrated his 121st birthday last Wednesday, the 24th of August.

Duke's Ohana (Family)

Our mayor, Peter Carlisle went out surfing in Duke’s honor on Wednesday along with the Australian mayor, Michael Regan, of Warringah, which is across the harbor from Sydney.  Duke Kahanamoku first introduced surfing to Australia in this little town at Freshwater Beach, back in 1915.   As serendipity would have it I arrived on the beach just as they finished their “Goodwill Surf Session”….

Afterwards there was a lei draping ceremony at Duke’s statue on the beach in Waikiki which I put into a little video here for you to enjoy.  But the fun didn’t end there, since the weekend had everything from house blessings for friends in their new home, to a birthday celebration, to a fantastic brunch off Diamond Head on Sunday and where did we all wind up at?  Duke’s Restaurant of course!  With Mr. Henry Kapono bringing his aloha to the end of another wonderful Hawaiian weekend.  Here’s a link to the video with Henry playing some new music, a song entitled quite appropriately “Across the Sea”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvdlg2WCV-c

I know there are friends in some 26 countries around the world now checking in on Polly’s Pals postings.  I want to know if you’ve heard any of Henry Kapono’s music beyond what I’ve shared so far.  If so what is your favorite song?

In the meantime…ahoy & aloha!

Polly Pondering…

Monday, August 1st, 2011

A new week ahead with so many wonderful possibilities on so many levels!  Amazing things can happen when you hold on to your dreams in spite of what may appear as “setbacks”, when in reality they are just opportunities to explore new paths.  I wish each and every one of you wonderful pals; a week that brings you much happiness, adventure, and most importantly–FUN!  A hui ho! =)

Transpac Life

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Where to begin?  What an amazing week of excitement in these islands for the sailing and boating community.  It all began on Friday the 15th(just one short week ago) with the first boat to finish, Bella Mente in the wee morning hours while it was still dark out.  She was then followed by Magnitude 80 in the beautiful morning sunshine you see here from the view by Diamond Head Lighthouse.  What a fantastic start to a wonderful week!

Magnitude 80 arriving Hawaii

The boats all began arriving in a pack over the next 48-72 hours.  Something like 40 vessels finished within 24 hours. Talk about some high energy at the harbor front down at the Ala Wai… 

Communications, pier operations, escort vessels–you name it everything was in full swing.  Maitais were waiting for each and every boat as they arrived into their designated dock, regardless if it was 2 p.m. or 2 a.m, that is the aloha spirit the vessels look forward to meeting them on their arrival.  The folks from all the various yacht clubs on all the different committees were pitching in to make this one huge welcome party, as the tradition has been for over a 100 years. 

Pollyroger was in her most favorite mode of all—FUN!! =)

And so we write this with our regular Friday night races going tonight, while all the crews from all the different vessels that made the passage to our island paradise; gather down at the Waikiki Shell for their awards ceremony.  Tonight WYC & HYC will both be brimming with friends new and old, celebrating one more time before the visiting crews head on back to the mainland.

We wanted to share this video with you Polly Pal’s, of the wonderful folks that make it all happen, right here each and every Transpac year, the volunteers… 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6GByYlw_QU

Mahalo nui loa!  Ahoy & aloha…….

Pollyroger’s Planetary Pursuits….

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Pals what can we say other than it’s been quite a busy summer and past couple of months since our last post.  But fear not, Pollyroger has been making pals in some amazing planetary places! =)  So we will bring you up to speed, so to speak, of some of her planetary adventures, places she’s been spotted, and fun she’s been having.

She was last written of while in Europe in Vienna, Austria with pals Kathi & Conny.  Well she made a few more stops while in this fantastic continent, starting with her pal Gitte in Prague!

Gitte & Pollyroger in Prague

Astronomical Clock & Pollyroger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 But Pollyroger’s Eastern European time was not over there.  She went on to the fantastic city of Berlin, Germany where she took it all in with a panaroma view at sunset (her favorite time of day) from the TV Tower building in Alexanderplatz.  Here is Berlin with the lovely river Spree running through it’s amazing city and Pollyroger taking it all in…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Berlin she headed up as far north as this sun loving spirit would venture to Scandanavia, where she set sail on yet another body of water, The Baltic Sea!

Ahh, but dear pals, she had something ahead even more amazing in store…a wonder of the world–The Taj Mahal.  Unfortunately upon arrival to said palace she was not permitted to enter the grounds.  Why you ask?  Was there fear of espionage? Fear of a pirate?  Fear not–Pollyroger persevered… =)

Taj Mahal at a side glance...with Polly pride!

 So you ask, “a wonder of the world, great cities of Europe, another sea set sail upon, what more???”  Pollyroger being the adventurous spirit she is knew she was heading to the highest mountains in the world, the Himalayas of Nepal.  So what does she decide to do?  She goes paragliding off of a mountainside in Pokhara, Nepal!!  You can see the city in the distance with Lake Fewa below.

Paragliding Pollyroger

Got FUN?!

Hell yeah…….

Pollyroger meets some Danube Darlings!

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Pollyroger had the pleasure of visiting Vienna, Austria where she became fast friends with some new faces via a familiar face from Argentina via Vienna—talk about some global connections!  She first met up with her pals at the Danube River at none other than one of the darling’s former sailing school, where she was an instructor no less.  Here you see two beautiful Vienna smiles with their new found friend Pollyroger…

Kathi & Conny Danube Darlings

She dined riverside with them that evening where she was promised to be taken on their adventures as well, since these lovely ladies are travelers in their own right.  So within a two week span of time these “Danube Darlings” kept their word as you see they took Pollyroger out for a paddle session to a lake near Vienna.  These girls want to be in prime form when they hit real surf, so how do they prepare?  Paddle Practice sessions!! =) 

Kathi & Pollyroger

Conny Paddle Pal

 

 

Pollyroger was glowing from the pictures sent to her on Facebook.  Paddle on Kathi & Conny!!  Keep Pollyroger paddling, playing, and most of all pursuing planetary FUN!  With pals like these gals I don’t think Pollyroger can go wrong—Got FUN?!

Pollyroger's Paddle Playground in Austria

Polly Pondering Possibilities…

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Pollyroger wants to be sure you know of some friendly folks and great places should you make it to her last “Planetary Place”, in the country of Croatia.  =)  Here are a few links that might be of interest to you friends, if you decide to make a trip to that country one day…

Accomodations:

Split: www.apartmani-mainz.com  (Great couple, brand new apartments, great prices right off the waterfront in Split)

Bol: Hotel Kastil via: www.booking.com (great site for all over Europe)

Transportation:

www.seat61.com  (Awesome site to save tons of money over the typical Eurail pass route)

Beautiful places to visit:

www.bol.hr  (All about Bol on the island of Brac)

www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr  (Plitvicka National Park)

Please drop Pollyroger a comment.  We really would love to hear your feedback, so we can keep making our adventures together better, but most of all more FUN for everyone…

Ahoy & aloha!!

Polly goes “Coastal” in Croatia… =)

Saturday, August 14th, 2010
Pollyroger now flies in Croatia!  She’s been seen sailing the Adriatic waters off the coast of the loveliest island in Croatia, called Brac, with the equally lovely town of Bol.  This island is renown for the beach of Zlatni Rat, which is seen in many a travel poster as the best beach in all of Croatia.  That may be argued by fellow Croatians—but it is indeed a slice of Croatian paradise.

Zlatni Rat Morning

 

Pollyroger had the pleasure of going on a day excursion or two on the motor vessel, “Frane”, who’s home port, is Bol.  She made the acquaintance of Captain Mate (pronounced maw-te like the tea in South America) & his first mate.  Here she is with some Croatian smiles… =)

Captain Mate & Mate... =)

The “M.B. Frane” plies the waters of the Adriatic every day, leaving Bol for a variety of destinations depending on the day of your choosing.  Her various routes are shown here from a brochure of the daily excursions.  Unfortunately no website was to be found in the literature but you can’t miss the “M.B. Frane” as you arrive into Bol.   

So Polly Pals PLAY on with Pollyroger, as she sets sail each day with all the FUN folks, going out for the day from Bol on the island of Brac.  Now the Adriatic is another sea that Pollyroger has set sail upon!! 

 

Got FUN? You betcha… =)

Polly Meets the Chilean Navy…. =)

Monday, January 4th, 2010

You have got to love these Chilean folks for their easy going nature.  Polly was touring around the city of Valparaiso at the Plaza Sotomayor where the Chilean Armada and their Commander-in-Chief is posted.  The building is very impressive to say the least.

Armada de Chile

Armada de Chile

 

Valparaiso has a significant maritime history as a port city prior to the Panama Canal being completed, but now it still is a major shipping destination for a huge amount of products from points as far south as Buenos Aires, Uruguay and more.

 

 

 

 

 Polly not being the shy-type went up and introduced herself to the guards on watch and asked if they would mind taking a picture with her–here is the shot.  Happy New Year Pals!! =)

Polly and her Navy Pals

Polly and her Navy Pals

The Continuing Adventures of Polly and her Pals…

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land a creature was stirring her toes in the sand…

The flags were flying off the rigging with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon might be there… 

Punta del Este Polly

Punta del Este Polly

Friends were nestled all snug in their hostel beds, while visions of mate danced in their heads.
When out on the beach there arose such a clatter–she sprang from her bunk to see what was the matter.
Away to the bow she flew like a flash,
Hauled up the anchor and took off so fast…
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She looked back and saw in the summer solstice glow–not eight tiny reindeer but instead….
A sailor, a surfer, a pirate or two.
But best of all the friends I’ve come to know in you.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night–take your cares or your worries on the road and you’ll find, it’s all a wonderful journey….sleep tight! =)
Mele Kalikimaka y Feliz Fiestas!

Mele Kalikimaka y Feliz Fiestas!

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