Adventurous Son

Shout out to our Adventurous Son, Peyton, for being a finalist in the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Winners will be notified next month, but it’s exciting to see the photos. The Telegraph ran a piece on it, as did The Sun UK and MSN, but you can see the original posting at National Geographic.

Cross your fingers and send good vibes, y’all!


We had a great adventure in Oahu last week, we Sickles Three. From Waikiki to Banzai Pipeline, we tried to do it all. Highlights include renting scooters in Waikiki and riding them up to Kailua. The only hiccup of that adventure was when I threw myself over the handlebars and nearly broke my knee … but I was able to walk it off and get past my nerves with the windy roads, impatient drivers, and rental equipment. I also did an open-water swim with our son, but slowed us down a bit because the deep water freaked me out a bit … so breast stokes rather than freestyle strokes that kept my face in the water longer. With no reefs or fish, or bottom (for that matter) to give me a point of reference, all I was left with was the dark water and my imagination. Never a good combination.

Hawaii has always been so cost-prohibitive because flights are expensive and the travel time is SO long, but because of a passport snafu with the mini me and a last-minute change of venue from New Mexico, we were able to do it. Pro Tips: pack a lunch when you can, and stay at a hotel that offers free breakfast. Meals were ridiculously expensive. I was introduced to Hebi, a fish we don’t catch in the Atlantic off the North Carolina coast … it was so good I had it three nights. I’d be happy to arm wrestle you for it, too. Also delish: the chocolate covered macadamia nuts. I’d let you win the arm wrestling contest for the macs.