Thursday, November 19, 2009

Last day

Last full day in Maui. We drove around until we found a good looking snorkeling location off a public beach. There were plenty of fish and visibility was pretty OK. I got lots of sand in my suit and we almost lost one of the masks. There is a reason the guys in boats can charge so much to take you out to the best spots, defog your masks and feed you pineapple. Later we had lunch at a restaurant on the beach and then found a beach park to sit and read the afternoon away.





We got some poke at the store, which I'm becoming heavily addicted to, and some macaroni salad from Mixed Plate to go. In a minute we're going for a walk either ON or TO the beach, I'm not sure which.

Rainbows, getcher Rainbows!

This place is LOUSY with rainbows!





Wednesday, November 18, 2009

OMGTURTLES!!1!

Today we got up at the ungodly hour of 5:30am, drove to Kihei and snorkeled the Molokini Crater. The site was so much better than what we saw on Monday. Visibility was perfect and there were so many fish!



Dag's eagle eye spotted an eel and we were able to witness it getting squirted by an escaping octopus! Well, we never saw the octopus so either that means the ink thing worked and he got away or the eel had a snack.



And then at the next site we saw...heck to the yeah!...Toitles!





It was a perfect snorkeling day!

On the way to Iao National Park, we saw a giant thing flying through the air in front of the car which we at first thought was a turkey but turned out to be a peacock! I did not know they could fly and I'm here to say they can...barely.

Iao National park was gorgeous and a totally different climate zone...all cool and breezy.



Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Relaaaaaaaax...don't do...anything

Today we succeeded in doing a whole lot of nothing at all. It was marvelous.


Part of our lunch was a big plate of fruit which included Dragonfruit. Have you ever had this? The inside is like a giant violet kiwi and the outside is like a swollen rhubarb with fins.



Tonight we are making nachos, as it is Tuesday, our normal night to go to the Redrum. Last night we had some nachos at this Mexican restaurant near our hotel where the lady actually spoke Spanish to us without really caring whether that worked for us or not. Fortunately between the two of us we know enough that we were able to complete the transaction. Unfortunately their version of nachos is like what you would get at 7-11 only it cost $9. So tonight we make it all better under the broiler with some real cheese and black beans and pico de gallo!

Tomorrow, fingers crossed for turtles!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Snorkeling Lanai



Today we had a snorkeling experience that I would have to describe, partly at least, as harrowing. We rode a pontoon boat out from Lahaina to Lanai on some pretty rough waters which seemed to take about forever. We weren't able to do the first location that was supposed to be just lousy with turtles (my favorite marine animal to see underwater), due to visibility. But I would say that turned out to be a good thing because on our way to the next spot, we saw a pod of 300 dolphins pass us by. Oh my GOD dolphins are cool! They were on the move so didn't really stop to chat, but since there were THREE HUNDRED of them we got quite an eyeful of dolphin this day.




The two sites we saw were pretty lackluster and one of them had such strong currents I was literally swimming in place, which doesn't allow for much exploration. The visibility was great and I did see a couple of species of fish that I've never seen before, but there just wasn't much there. I don't know. Maybe we've been spoiled by Cozumel and maybe we went to the Galapagos Islands when we were just a little too young. I hate to be like that because every underwater life is magic, really! But I guess we just had to work too hard to get there and the payoff didn't seem quite...enough. Well, here's the best thing I saw at our snorkel sites today. Not bad at all! :)



Wanna go to Hana?

Yesterday we made the drive out to Hana. We took the local advice and stopped along the way to see things of beauty since, as in life, it's all about the journey. No offense, Hana.

The Highlight for me was the Garden of Eden, a lovely botanical garden showcasing both local and imported beauties.

These peacocks were very "friendly" (hungry)


Rainbow Eucalyptus from the Philippines


Giant 150 year old Mango tree. Dag's tree should look exactly like this in another 146 years.


Beautiful Butterfly


Black sand beach at Wai'anapanapa state park (by this time we were a little too tired to enjoy much and had another 3hr ride back to look forward to, which somehow made the tired...more.


Then, back on the windy, narrow road full of one-lane bridges and blind corners and signs declaring that falling rocks...strange...I've never really enjoyed it.


And on the way home we were treated to an unbelievable rainbow. By the time I got my camera out, it had decreased by half in majesty so please multiply by 2 in your brain when you look at this photo

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Exploring

Yesterday we made friends with the neighbors



Then we drove down to Lahaina and made arrangements for a snorkeling trip for Monday to Lanai and to Kihei for another on Wednesday to Molokini & Turtle Town. We had a fantastic fish/chips in Kihei made from freshly caught Hebi.



The ice cream here is great! Chocolate with Macadamia nut!



Later we read books on the beach



Today we're taking a drive towards Hana. We're getting a late start so we'll just enjoy what we can on the way and not worry about whether we make it to Lindburgh's grave.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Maui



We are in Maui and all is well. It's 80 degrees during the day and even after dark I'm typing this on our balcony in a tank top and bare feet. (pants too, yes)
It is my goal during the early part of the trip to accomplish absolutely nothing and so far that's going rather well. I haven't yet unpacked my bag, but I have taken a nap on the couch. I'd type more, but that would require ambition and energy. Maybe tomorrow.