A Surprising Adventure

It was a bright,  beaming,  beautiful day in Hawaii!  The weather was so pleasant, that Jinx and Jangle could not stay indoors.  They decided to go hiking to a place where  they hadn’t explored yet.  Exercise is always good for you, and they were always up for an adventure.

The place they had decided to go too was called Haleakala.  They wanted to hike to its summit and see the volcano.  They packed several water bottles for the trip and just had to finish their breakfast of omelets and grits and then they would be off.  Jangle was drinking the last couple gulps of his V-8 juice and Jinx was almost finished with his green tea.

At last they were off and were excited to see the beautiful views that they had heard about.  They had to take a Taxi to Haleakala for it was a little distance away.  The ride was a little long, but they passed the time by playing the Alphabet game.  Jinx won, Jangle ended up getting stuck on J.

When the Taxi stopped they paid him and put their backpacks on and were ready to explore.  They were admiring the views already and hadn’t even started hiking yet.

After hiking for a little while and taking snapshot after snapshot they decided to stop to rest a little and to enjoy a little snack.  Jangle pulled out a bag full of food, while Jinx just pulled out a small one.  “Doesn’t look like you packed very much to eat.”  Jinx shook  his head as he agreed. “Nope, I didn’t.  I like to keep things simple.”  He pulled out a Fluffer-Nutter sandwich and began to eat.  Jangle was munching away on some carrot sticks and a  granola bar.  He had already finished 2 BLT sandwiches.

After dozing off for a little bit,  they were ready to resume hiking their way to the summit.  When they reached the top they were stunned by the beauty!  “I am eager to get back to the North Pole, but I am really going to miss the beauty of Hawaii”,  said Jangle.  “I agree”, replied Jinx.  “I guess we just will have to visit as many places yet as we can before we head back.  Make the most of each day!”  Jangle shook his head in agreement as he was focusing on taking another picture.

Time passed quickly.  It was getting close to the time when it would be dusk and Jinx and Jangle wanted to hike down from the summit before it was dark, so they started hiking their way down.  Not many people were around anymore.  It was very quiet and they were enjoying the serenity of the evening.

They had veered off course a little and were on a path that wasn’t tread by very many.  A lot of people didn’t even know the path was there.  Jinx and Jangle liked to explore remote places at times, away from the crowds.  As they were walking they heard something and followed the sound.

“Awh! Look Jinx, its a pretty cat!”  Jinx came over to Jangle and they both were admiring the cat’s green eyes, but something appeared wrong with it.  It was holding up its paw and whimpering.   Jinx had a big heart for animals, so he gently took the cat’s paw in his hands to see if he could find the problem.

They both were focused on the cat when all of a sudden they heard the flapping of wings and felt a “Whoosh!”  of air pass over them!  “Hey!”  “That owl took my hat!”  Jinx yelled.  He and Jangle looked up as the majestic owl flew over their heads and sure enough it had Jinx’s hat in its claws.  Jangle started laughing and then noticed something else.  “Look Jinx, our “hurt” cat is running in the same direction as the owl!  Doesn’t look quite so hurt now, does it!”  They both watched them until the owl and the cat  were quite a distance away.

“Well,  I never thought I would see that happen!”  “See what?”, asked Jinx  “See you be outsmarted by an owl and a cat!  I do believe that is what happened, don’t you?”  Jinx looked at Jangle’s smirk as he muttered just one word.  “Yes.”

Jangle was laughing as they got back on the path to head back to get the Taxi.  “It does make you wonder, eh!  Why would an owl want a hat and how did that cat learn to be so clever?”  Jinx just rolled his eyes and said, ” Whatever!”   Jangle laughed, ” You don’t have much to say, do you?  Cat got your tongue!”    Jangle doubled over with laughter as the Taxi pulled up to them.  Jinx got in without saying a word, but there was something he couldn’t deny.  They had wanted an adventure and today he would say they surely got one.  They were awestruck by beauty plus it wasn’t every day that one gets fooled by an owl and a cat!

Yes, Haleakala is a real  Volcano  in Hawaii. Thanks to Google for its information and pictures. Plus it is known to be somewhere that you can see the Pueo Owl, along the back paths that lead to its stunning summit.

Coffee Shop Thoughts

I was thinking today of all the different ways we encounter people that we don’t know.  At the bus stop, in a coffee shop, on a park bench.  We may see someone every day, but yet not know anything about them, besides the fact that they come to the park or coffee shop.  What follows is a fictional conversation that popped into my head. 

Person 1: “I see you here every day at this same time.  Who are you?  I have seen you glance my way when you think I am not looking.   I can describe your physical features in detail, but I don’t really know you.  Are you happy with your life or sad?  I never see anyone come with you, do you wish to be alone?”

Person 2:  “Here you are again, I see you over there surrounded by a bunch of your chatty friends.  You probably don’t even notice me, sitting here alone.  I see your smile and the gleam in your eye when you laugh.  Even though your smile and laugh are not meant for me, they do help to brighten my day.  I think I would like to get to know you.   What things do you like, besides overpriced Frappuccino’s and Latte’s? ”

Person 1:  “What are you thinking when you look over here?  Would you guess that sometimes I feel lonely even though I am surrounded by a group of chatty friends?  Would you guess that sometimes I wonder who I really am?”

Person 2:  “Who are you?  Do you have days where your smile doesn’t shine?  Do you have days that feel like mine?   Days where the rain falls and I am just trying to make sense of it all?  Would you join me if I asked you to?  I see you sometimes linger at the table after your friends leave and you glance my way.  What would you think if I waved at you to come over?   Would you pretend that you didn’t see,  as you walk out the door?

Person 1:  “Who are you?  I really would like to know.  Here I sit, my friends have gone and I still linger.  You probably would never guess that I can be shy but I can.   Will today be the day that I make myself be brave and approach you?  I always say I will someday, so why not today?  What will you think if I approach you?   Will you smile but yet inwardly sigh, wishing I hadn’t disturbed your peace?”

Person 2:  “I see you sitting there, what are you thinking?   I really could use someone to talk to today.  Are you that person?  Will you come my way if I invite you over?  I have thought about doing this for days now, why not make it today!  I am waving,  please look my way, please don’t turn away.  I don’t want to go back to my empty apartment only to be alone, not today.”

Person 1:  “What?  Oh my!  Are you waving at me?  I look around and see that everyone else has their head down with their faces glued to their computer or phone. I look back again and you are still waving with a smile.  You are motioning me over,  should I go?  Will the conversation be awkward or will we hit it off?  Will you become a friend?  If I don’t go, I may never know.”

Person 2:  “You are coming this way!  My heart is smiling even if my stomach is also churning  Will you become a friend,  someone with who I can share my heart?  You are almost here. Who knows what may develop,  perhaps today is only the start of a friendship from the heart.