Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at 1:02 am

Luxury ships are such a pleasant cocoon that one forgets the outside world. This can be a good thing, but occasionally I am reminded of how easy it is to let wonderful things pass by. Today I had a last-minute chance to escort a tour to the Hawaiian Botanical Gardens outside Hilo, and it was such a gratifying experience just to be out breathing in the wonderful green world of tropical plants and luxuriating in the presence of flowers. Ahhhh, thanks!  This sleeping butterfly needed that!

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