Thursday, October 9, 2014

Maui, Part 1

As I spit out this blog post we are preparing for a Maui waterfall and rainforest hike. Today we will see  "Dazzling waterfalls from 10 to 40 feet high, large clear swimming pools under each of the falls, magical rainforests, and freshwater streams. It’s an exciting adventure where you can jump safely from rock ledges into several falls and learn about Maui’s wonders from our naturalist guides. End the day with a “shower” under a real Hawaiian waterfall."

As you can tell, I had to steal that hike blurb from the website... time is limited. Thre is so much to do and see on this island that a week is not nearly enough. It was hard to decide how to spend our time... here is some of what we came up with so far ...

Flying in we stopped in historic Lahaina for Linner (late lunch/early dinner) at Bubba Gumps Shrimp Co. First time here for us. Everything about that place is based around the movie Forrest Gump. After linner, our waiter spent time playing a movie trivia game with us and tables nearby. It is surprising how much we could and could NOT remember from that movie.  That was totally new and fun.
Driving to  our condo we stopped at a market  to pick up basic groceries for the next few days. In the drink isle, I noticed how stupidly-expensive water was. I said to my Teckie, "Can't we just  drink the water here? "

Then, I turned to the local hawaiian woman next to me and asked, "Can we drink the water here?" She answered, "Es not da Phillipines." Point taken, LOL!

We arrived at our condo in north Lahaina and outside our patio we have a view of the island Molokai. BEE-U-TEE-FUL! God was working over time when he created the Hawaii Islands. The first morning we were up at 4:00 AM because of the time change. That made it easy to watch the sunrise :) 
Yesterday, looking for Kapalua Bay, we were totally lost.  We walked out to this reef area where we could see where we wanted to go. Eventually we found it and had a relaxing day on the beach, siting big turtles practically on the shore and meeting a couple from Alaska. I asked how they were so tan and they admitted they fake-baked before coming so they would not stand out "Alaskan white" ...LOL (again). I remember now that one of the best things about traveling is meeting people from all over the place. 
Last night we went on a sunset dinner cruise that was infested with love birds. We met newlyweds from South Carolina and another couple celebrating 48 years of marriage.  Maui is lovers paradise, or so it seems. We shared dinner with a couple from Los Angeles which is close to our home, especially compared to Alaska.

It rained a bit at the beginning and end of the cruise, which was welcomed due to the extreme mugginess here. The air is crazy humid-thick and my hair goes its own way. That seems to be the only glitch so far, frizzy hair.  Oh, and the air conditionar to our condo didn't work when we arrived and that was NO BUENO! It was soon fixed and we were back at a comfortable 72 degrees.

We leave tomorrow to move up to Haiku on the northern part of Maui. There is still so much we want to see/do here on the west but lack the time. "Aw shoot," (as my southern teckie says)  I guess we will have to come back soon... If we must :)
PS. Sorry about the ginourmous photos, it's an ipad thing I can't fix.

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