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3/30/2015 Hiking

I just got back from a weekend in Honolulu (all of 30 minutes from my home, but still) at Kawaii Kon, the local anime convention. I'll have a write up on it come Wednesday, when I've had a chance to sort through my photos, but for now here's the travelogue entry for that hike I did last week.

March 24 (Tuesday): Hawaii Loa Ridge Hike
I'd already planned to be in Honolulu Tuesday evening for game night at the comic book store, so I decided to go in early and do a hike. Of course, there are lots of hikes closer to my part of the island, but this is one I've been wanting to do for a while. Why? Mainly because I've failed to twice before. The first time was with my parents way back before I moved to Hawaii, but the trail was prety muddy so we didn't go very far. The second time was with Connie not all that long ago, but it was a holiday and the parking lot was full. And, as the start of the hike is in the back of a ritzy gated community, they don't let many people in at a time. You do get to see some pretty fancy houses on the drive up though.
Anyway, it actually reminded me quite a lot of the Wililinui Ridge hike (see the entry for Saturday, December 28th). I looked it up and it turns out both ridges are right across from each other. The trail starts out pretty high up and alternates between walking through the brush on top of the ridge and passing through the occasional patch of trees. There's some short acents and decents, but it's fairly flat. At least for a while. Eventually it transitions from trees and brush to tons of ferns. And then you hit the stairs. Lots of and lots of steep stairs. The view was nice, but I hadn't been expecting all the steps and, after climbing most of the way up, it was starting to look like rain so I skipped the final hill. I normally hate quitting before reaching the end of a trail, but I was close enough, and I had to get back in time for game night anyway.
All in all, it's a pretty hike and the majority of it is fairly easy and relaxing. Though if you want to go all the way to the end, prepare for some serious climbing. And, as previously mentioned, keep in mind that it may be closed during peak times if it gets busy. Though, if that happens, you could always try Wililinui Ridge nearby for a similar hike and view.

Josiah



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3/27/2015 The lights!

It's been a very long time, but at last the lights are fixed and we get a look at the mysterious black suit guys' boss. Recognize him? I bet a lot of you do, but for those of you who don't, the answer will be given in the comic soon enough. On another comic related note, don't forget to vote with the TWC button to see the new bonus comic!

I was going to do a travelogue entry today about a hike I did and maybe a restaurant review, but working on the sprites for this guy and those bad guys in the previous comic has left me a bit behind on PV and I just don't have time right now. At least not if I want to get a decent night's sleep. I should have it up on Monday though.

And on yet another topic, keep in mind that I'm considering running a Japan tour this summer if I can get enough people. See Wednesday's news post (below) for more details.

Josiah

3/25/2015 Want to visit Japan?

Monday's strip didn't update properly at first. I fixed it yesterday, so if you missed it just hit the previous comic button.

I've been waiting a long time to get to this point in the comic, when some of the original plot twists I added in finally start to be revealed. If you haven't figured out who those guys are yet, it'll be fully revealed soon. Though I think a lot of you can probably guess...

Some of you might remember that last year I talked a little about the possibility of leading a small Japan tour group in the summer. That didn't pan out, but I'd be up for doing it this summer too. Here's a link to the rough itineraries and costs that I put together last year. It could actually be cheaper this year, thanks to the exchange rate. The main thing is, at these prices (give or take), I would really need at least 10 people to cover the costs (that's the break-even point). I may make a more mainstream attempt at something like this in the future (though likely not this year), but figured I'd give it on last go as a sort of friends and Pebble Version readers sort of thing. If you're seriously interested, send me an e-mail.

Later!

Josiah


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