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Today I attempted to go to Hana.  I should have known better because the weather was stormy and this area is particularly subject to landslides.  Just before mile marker 12 (given its about a 36 mile drive), I suddenly found myself at a standstill.  If only I had left 10 minutes earlier!  Argh!  Here’s a picture I lifted from FB.  It shows where people have basically cut the branches that were hanging over the road.  When I was there, the branches were covering the road thus making it essentially impassable.  If you ask me, I think cars have no business passing under a fallen tree anyway; what if the tree were to fall further?!  So I turned around and went home.Hours later, Jamey came home and we checked the road conditions.  The tree was cleared!  Call us crazy, but we had a task to do so we headed back out to Hana!  Before I show you the progress on our place, here is a photo that was taken last August. Now you see them:Now you don’t!  Yes, as you can tell, we had some more trees chopped down!  I know it looks a little sparse now, but if there is one thing you can count on in Hana, it’s the fact that the jungle always grows back.  We had to do it.  We are in the process of evaluating which site would be best to put our solar panels for electricity.  We were going to build a separate stand-alone structure, but that option is now “plan B” because adding another building would add cost and headache when you take into consideration the structure and two permits we would have to deal with.  “Plan A” would be to put it on the screened lanai (porch) located in the rear of the house.  We’re still not entirely sure that’s what we want to do, but for now at least we can see how the sunlight hits the various parts of our property.  Notice the leaf litter?  Thankfully, this too will be gone before long.I never thought I’d be so thrilled to see a set of stairs, but I am!  Just look at them!  They sure are beautiful and ooh so sturdy!  No more climbing on overturned buckets or ladders to get in!  What a difference a simple set of stairs can make!On the way home Jamey and I joked about how long this project has taken, how fancy the house is, and how we never would have done this if we knew what we were signing up for.  I’m glad things seem to be turning out ok.  Not only that, at least we have something that keeps us busy!

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