So - a week in the tropical sunshine was an unexpected pleasure. Honestly, I am not a hot weather kind of guy. When it gets warm (and especially if it is also humid) I retreat into a kind of preservation mode. It is like I am a walking radiation detector - feeling heat radiating off of everything. I know that I can be somewhat prickly when I feel like there is a way to keep cooler that others do not seem to recognize (say, quickly closing a door to keep cool air inside, closing window curtains to keep sunlight from entering and warming surfaces that then warm the air, etc.) Waikoloa at Christmastime has been magnificent. 80 degrees during the day, sometimes windy, 68 degrees at night, usually breezy, gorgeous clear mornings with stars stars stars in the sky.
Green sea turtles hauling themselves up onto the beach and rocks for their afternoon constitutional naps. Why they do that right now in front of us is less important than the evolutionary impulse that created this insane variety on life. Birds adapting to isolation on an island in the middle of a vast ocean of saltwater. Grass growing amidst the lava. We Earthlings are a hardy group - plants and animals alike.
Peace and happiness for the coming years,