Sunday, September 9, 2012
After another early morning I decided to give Hana another try. I am glad I did. This time I had a map in hand and headed down the right road (making the correct turn makes all the difference). As I started out I noticed tons of cars parked on the side of the road, it was a Hana Relay Race. There were tons of teams dressed in hilarious running outfits, ie Runaway Bride, Beer Run. My first stop was at the side of cliff to watch the surfers and eat my morning yogurt. I made all the right stops for the beautiful photo ops. The road reminded me a lot of Kaui. After a couple hours, (it takes 15 minutes just to go 5 miles) I made it to the end and was rewarded with a beautiful beach with black sand. I took a swim and hiked around looking at the lava tubes and caves. After taking a couple dips in the ocean I headed back down. On the way down I stopped at Mama's Fish House which I read a lot about in the guide books. I was a little intimidated at first when I saw that they had free valet parking. By the name of the place I envisioned a casual place where I ate fried fish in baskets. This was super fancy, I sat at the bar and ordered an delicious appetizer and salad. When I got the bill I noticed I was over charged, so I pointed it out to the bar tender. They were very apologetic and comped my beer, YEAH! After lunch I lounged on the gorgeous beach by the restaurant and then headed back to my room. What a long day, after taking a shower and eating a granola bar I was tired and asleep by 8:30 again.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
On my first full day in Maui I woke up at 4:30 am (darn time change). I took that the time to plan out my day. I used some of 1 free hour of internet service to figure out the "Road to Hana" I alway heard so much about. I wrote down the direction and all the mile marker stops the site recommended. By 6 am I was ready to go. I headed out all excited, starting on 30. I was looking for a turn off to 380. After a while the road got trecherous, curvy and with one lane bridges. Just like I had read about. But, I was still on 30. The views were gorgeous, but none of the mile markers made sense. After a couple hours things started to look familiar again. WTF, I had just gone in a big circle around the coast of West Maui. By this time is was 9:30 and I was starving! I stopped at Aloha Mixed Plate for breakfast and decided to just have a beach day! Went to Ka'annapali beach by Whalers Village (Black Rock) and lazed around reading. At about 3, it started raining so I took that as a sign to head in and take a shower. Once I was cleaned up I went to Front Street in downtown Lahaina and browsed around the shops. Picked up some food to go and ate on my patio (lanai) watching the sun set. The perfect end to the almost perfect day.... Next time I will bring a map!
After finally getting all the pictures I had taken on my first day downloaded to the ipad, I logged on ready to post about my adventures. However, I couldn't find the right link to get the pictures uploaded on the blog. I only had an hour of free internet service, after that they charge $10 a day. Frustrated I gave up! The resort has 2 computers available at guest relations to use the internet. So, I frugalled out and decided to post sans pictures for FREE! I know that blog posts with out pictures are boring, but I can edit the posts when I get home and insert the pictures. Technically challenged or cheapskate? You decide.....
I finally made it to Maui! I upgraded my flight to first class, which was amazing! The flight began with a mimosa. During the flight watched a movie while sipping on Pinot grigio. After lunch enjoyed a coffee with kahlua. Then took a nap, before it was time for arrival. Once I arrived I got my car and headed to my hotel. It has been a few years since I was in Maui, but once I started driving to Kaanapali everything felt familiar again. It was a little strange to be here without my boys. Once I got settled, headed straight to the beach!
Sunday, September 2, 2012
My Mom came for a visit recently. It was great to see her and catch up on things. We enjoyed a week-end full of activities. Dinner, shopping, movies....it was like a little mini vacation at home with my Mom. Check out some pics from the week-end!