January 5, 2012
Sometimes the stars align, even when the clouds and minor planets do not, and on your flight between Narita and San Francisco you can swing a seven-hour layover in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi for cheaper than a direct flight. After the damp and chilly weather of Kyushu and the icy cold of Tokyo, a few hours in the warm sunshine were all I wanted.
I boarded a city bus for the Arizona memorial and set off. In retrospect, I should have rented a car, but slowly viewing the city by bus was just fine for me.
After leaving Japan, and visiting a Navy base in Sasebo, I didn’t quite know how to process the Arizona memorial, so I took photos and tried to match up the exhibits with what I’d read and studied in school and on my own.
I left the memorial and headed for downtown Honolulu.
I lugged the PICO camera to the beach and sat down in the sunshine.
Toes in the water. Life’s pretty good.
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