Bermuda, Day 2. Road trip to beaches.


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Our second day in Beautiful Bermuda and we take the motorbike over the bridge in St. David’s to what most people would probably refer to as the “main island” of Bermuda. Which technically I suppose it is. For sure its the largest. For those who have been, you’ll recognize some of the places and parks we stop along the way along South Road. Our goal for today is to head down to, arguably, the busiest, most “tourist” of all the beaches: HorseShoe Bay. The nice thing is there is always a way to get away from the tourist areas and we were able to have our own slice of heaven as we always do.
It’s a blessing to be able to travel like we do and with Bermuda a short flight away it’s a great place for a 3-4 day “vacation”… from our main vacation! 🙂

Living the Dream…..!
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~mikes

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Bermuda. Day 1: arrival and $16 grapes!


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This video is of our first days in Bermuda.
If you don’t know, I am a US citizen, Gracie is a Filipino citizen. So, while my US passport can essentially get me into any country on the planet I would ever want to go to, the same is not true for Gracie’s. For sure her passport gets her into any and all of the countries that we want to go to in South East Asia (e.g. Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cambodia, Taiwan, China (mainland), etc…) with about the same level of ease that my US passport does. So, when we want to go to Thailand, we show up at the airport and present our valid passports at Immigration and about 15-30 seconds later we get a stamp in our passport allowing us to stay for 30 days with no additional paperwork. This is “Visa Exempt”.

But for Gracie to come to the US, she had to go through the process of essentially proving to the US Immigration department that she would *leave* the US and return to her home country. A fair requirement actually. Considering the overall “wealth” of the US vs. the Philippines AND the extensive social programs that are available to US citizens, it’s not a crazy assumption to think that someone from another country might come here and say, “HEY! I like it here, I’m staying!”… without the proper permission. Indeed you have heard of the whole illegal immigration thing into the US.
Well, my wonderful Gracie, is 100% legal to be in the US and has all the proper VIsa(s) to stay, as a tourist, for up to six months at a time, over the next 10 years.
Each time she enters the US she gets a stamp allowing her to stay 6 months. One to the cool things about Bermuda only being a 2 hour flight from Boston is that since we love islands and were going to go there anyway, by “leaving” the US (i.e. entering Bermuda) and then re-entering the US when we leave Bermuda, she gets 6 months from the time of her entry or, for this trip, 6 months from July.
Good stuff! Allows for a lot more exploring of the US for both of us!

Something that we LOVE to do is go to Islands. Small Islands, Medium-sized Islands, Big Islands… but not too big. The “island living” lifestyle or attitude fits me perfectly. I first “felt” that during my first trip to the Florida Keys in December 1987. and, Truly, that experience changed my life. Until that time, I logically knew that there was warmer weather for a longer time of the year in Florida but being able to do what I could only do in July/August in, Massachusetts BUT do it on December 29th!!!??? and it was even warmer!!!??? Oh My Gawd – I was exposed to an opportunity that I have NEVER let go of: Going Somewhere Sunny, Warm and Humid! I Love it, Love it, Love it!!!

Camping Grape Island (pt. 6) Morning Walk. Back to Hingham


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I woke up a little before 5am – another reason I LOVE the summers in Hingham – the sun rises about 5am and doesn’t set until around 8pm. Talk about getting more than you deserve!!!

It was awesome to head over to Grape Island with Gracie. Even if for one night it brought back some great memories and we created some new ones. While it just wasn’t the same without having the trusty 13′ Whaler, it was a lot lower maintenance this time not having to worry about the tides or the gas cans or if someone would take a liking to my boat and decide they would “borrow it”. Ha!
Note: I never had y boat molested or stolen in all the summers of Awesome that I got to experience. and let’s face it… Its UNSINKABLE! :–) Thank you Boston Whaler for making my summers so spectacular!

Grape Island – (pt.5) Summer in Hingham, MA


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More Grape Island. As you might guess, the song “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” came to mind as I was walking about the dock. For some reason I can spend hours hanging out pretty much anywhere that is near “the ocean”. Its calming to me while at the same time it gives me energy. Positive energy. I know, sounds a bit hokey, right? Well, to be fair, it has to be warm out for me to enjoy it!
I can also spend hours on docks. I have always liked ones like this one on Grape or any of the other Boston Harbor Islands but this one has a special place in brain. As if I could just sit on this dock and everything would be “ok”… if for some reason it wasn’t.
I also like docks at marinas. Sitting on those docks and listening to the sound of the stays bang against the aluminum masts of the sailboats as the waves’ energy transfers from the water to the hull. Its a great sound. One that I actually have paid money for on a CD so that I could play that sound at night with the idea that I would fall asleep to it… Mission Accomplished! 🙂

So, hope you like the little walk about Grape this afternoon.
Hope you’re Living the Dream!
Peace.
~mikes

My Happy Place: Grape Island (pt 4.) Summer in Hingham, MA


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We take a walk around the north side of Grape Island in Hingham Bay. Part of the Boston Harbor Islands, Grape has always been one of my all time Favorite places to go during warm, sunny, humid days in the Summer.
*** It IS my happy place.
I’d love to learn about Your happy place(s).? I’m always looking for suggestions. Just the other day a buddy from High School (go Hingham Harbormen!) Eric, mentioned to me that his favorite place (at least as it relates to warm, sun and beaches) if the Caribbean. I’ve always thought that the Caribbean is “too expensive” BUT after traveling to Bermuda, I know that it’s possible to enjoy myself and Not be distracted by the price of everything. Getting an AirBnB is ALWAYS helpful in savings money and, at least in my opinion, allows for us to have a more relaxing time and feel less like a tourist…

So, where would you go if you didn’t necessarily need to earn a living by being there. I realize that many of us, all over the world, including Myself, do not necessarily live in a spot that is as ideal for emotional, physical and spiritual enjoyment as it is for making a living (a.k.a. generating income/revenue). So, I’m always searching for a way to Live My Ass Off and be in an environment where I can Live *and* Work and be so happy that I don’t spend many days at work, waiting for when I can leave the city where I work and live and go for 1, 2, 3… or *more* weeks “on vacation”… only to have to return to my locale of work to earn money so I can leave where I live to earn said money and enjoy myself… vicious cycle…
It really seems like a ridiculous paradigm at times. But, I get it. It’s what we do and I am conditioned to believe that if I live in a tropical paradise I am unable to earn the same decent living that I can when I am living in a city or environment where it is Less “tropical”… THAT also seems like a flawed way to thinking. As if the only thing people do when in a warm, tropical climate is goof off and have no real responsibilities… hmmmmm

Anyway, here’s me walking along the beach of Grape Island, trying to get some more clarity around that!

Thanks for watching, and remember, go Live The Dream.. cuz if you’re not, you’re doing it wrong!.
Peace.
~mikes

Camping Grape Island (pt. 3) Hingham MA in the Summer


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Taking a short walk near the beach and on the pier just showing off some of the beauty that is the Summer in Hingham, MA.
Not the least of which is the solar powered composting outhouse. Who doesn’t love a clear outhouse, right!!???

Thanks for watching and hope you enjoy it.
If you get a chance to head out to the Boston Harbor Islands I *highly* recommend it.
#LiveOnVacation

Live the Dream!
~mikes

Camping Grape Island (pt 2.) – Hingham, Mass in the Summer


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After setting up our tent in record time, Gracie and I take a walk through the trains of Grape Island. Indeed its a magical place for me. A place where I was blessed to live arguably THE best childhood a guy could ever ask for.
The Boston Harbor Islands *in the summer* are always so green and clean. Its always a pleasure to experience when tax dollars really do go to the preservation of nature. In this case, via the DCR (Department of Conservation & Recreation) or through the amazing donations of people to the Trustees of Reservations.

Thanks for watching. Hope you enjoy it.
Live the Dream!
~mikes