We sailed to and from Hawaii on the Holland America ship "Zaandam." The Pacific wasn't very peaceful. Our first day we had seas of 12 to 17 feet with gale force winds. Hubby and I were both a little seasick. It rained everyday that we were in Hawaii, some of the excursions on Maui were canceled because of flash flood fears. We really enjoyed the big island of Hawaii and would love to go back there. We went up on the Kilauea crater. It was pouring rain but it cleared long enough for us to see. The crater has become more active in the last few years and you can no longer drive around it. We also saw the volcano at night from he ship. That was spectacular. Another neat thing we saw was the grand canyon of the Pacific on Kauai. Well worth seeing. The seas were rough on the way back and cold so that on a trip to Hawaii I never got into my bathing suit. But a cruise is always fun with the great shows and wonderful food.
Now we are in Portland and Sammy is terrific. This morning I played with him and he smiled and wiggled and made all sorts of cooing sounds to me. I am hopelessly in love with him.