Friday, February 25, 2011

The Rainbow


"Strange, what a void separated him and her. She liked him now, as she liked a memory, some bygone self. He was something of the past, finite. He was that which is known. She felt a poignant affection for him, as for that which is past. But, when she looked with her face forward, he was not. Nay, when she looked ahead, into the undiscovered land before her, what was there she could recognize but a fresh glow of light and inscrutable trees going up from the earth like smoke. It was the unknown, the unexplored, the undiscovered upon whose shore she had landed, alone, after crossing the void, the darkness which washed the New World and the Old."

The Rainbow - D.H. Lawrence, page 476 of 478.

I read this passage eating breakfast on my last day in Hawaii, after a brutal, all night, uncharacteristic thunderstorm on the South Kohala Coast. There was a rainbow. I didn't have my camera - stole this pic off of the web. The one I saw was, if you can imagine, more amazing. It made my spinach and Swiss omelet with smoked salmon, onions, and capers seem trite.

I'll be blogging more about Hawaii in the weeks to come. It was too much to cover in one blog. From spelunking through undiscovered lava tubes to being caught in a vicious snowstorm at an altitude of 13,796 feet above sea level (over 33,000 from the ocean floor) - I experienced at least 13 of the 15 micro climates that the Big Island boasts. I only spent a total of three hours of my six days on the beach - most of which I was swimming in the ocean. I'm trying desperately to put back on a surprising amount of weight I lost from endless activity - which is fun, but shouldn't take long. I can't wait to go back.

7 comments:

The Duchess of Cookies said...

Glad to see you're back! Can't wait to hear all about it =o). I hate you for needing to GAIN wt!!!! *smooch*

rlbates said...

So happy you enjoyed yourself!

Gizabeth Shyder said...

Well DC, I was happy when I looked at the scales on Friday, but here it is Saturday and after cooking a big breakfast for kids, doing girl scout cookie booth sales (eating cookies), taking kids to lunch, to the park, for ice cream, to the movies - I've already almost gained it all back. I'm going to indulge again tomorrow then hit the treadmill on Monday. Sucks how it is so much easier to gain than to lose! I'm marinating my lava tube blog. That was the best adventure I've ever had. Need to figure out my Nikon camera software, so I can post pics.

Thanks, Ramona! we need to plan one of our own adventures again soon. I was talking about you to C's girl scout leader today - she quilts, too.

The Mother said...

Hawaii is such a great place: We strolled through tropical gardens in the afternoon, ate fabulous food on a beach in the evening, and then froze our tushies off in the snow that night. You try telling that story to folks who have never been there and they just smile knowingly (ie, they had a few too many mai-tais).

Gizabeth Shyder said...

Hawaii is great. That conference has been going on for 17 years at the same location - I'll definitely hit it again. Make sure to take my kids next time. There were lots of adventures I didn't squeeze in - zip lines and swimming with Manta rays at sunset. I was hesitant to book daily adventures since I was in class from 7:30-1:00 daily - I'm glad I had some down time.

Kyla said...

Sounds amazing! I'll be glad to loan you a few pounds, if need be. LOL!

Gizabeth Shyder said...

Too late, Kyla! After bingeing indulgently all weekend, I'm back in my normal weight zone. Need to go back to Hawaii.