Maui Wowie!

Max's conference chose a rough part of town to meet. ;)
The Hyatt's grounds were gorgeous.
They had African penguins, flamingos, swans and many other birds.
Beautiful flowers surrounded you everywhere you walked.
 This was my view while Max worked.  It was rough at times but with the help of a couple novels and some cold drinks as my companions, I pulled through the week.
 Each afternoon when Max got out of the conference we would try to explore the island.  The first day we went to Black Rock to snorkel and relax on the beach.
 We some cool fish and an eel.

Snorkeling allows you to be a part of another world for a little while.
I had looked into upgrading our car to a convertible before we left and they wanted two hundred dollars a day more.  Obviously that wasn't going to happen.  When we got to the rental place I thought I would just ask if they had any at a better price.  She offered us an upgrade for a convertible Camero for fifteen a day more and then nonchalantly said she had one Corvette left for 30 dollars a day more.  Sold!!
 I thought Max could get his midlife crisis fix and we could move on from the sports car lust.  However, it backfired a bit because he LOVED driving it.  I drove it too and must say it is pretty fun.
 Nothing like driving up a curvy, winding road from sea level to 10,000 feet in an hour and a half to make you feel like a Nascar driver. :)  The second day was really fun as we drove around with the wind in our hair and music blasting.  The views were pretty impressive and we were really happy we were able to experience it in a convertible!
 The peak of Haleakala, an extinct volcano, is 10,023 feet and it looks like you are on top of the world.  You literally are above the clouds.  It was breathtaking.  When we got back to the hotel we tried Maui Blanc, which is pineapple wine.  It was really sweet, kinda like our ride and our day.

 The next day we snorkeled at Kapalua Bay, which is where we had the most success.
 After we snorkeled and were warming up on the beach we heard people exclaim a turtle was near the shore!  
  Not even knee deep there was a giant Sea Turtle eating the algae off the coral!!
 He was at my feet!  At one point the surf crashed and washed him into me!  It was amazing to watch him eat and care less that he had an audience of humans.
 Max continued to follow him for 45 minutes after he was done eating and was surprised how graceful and beautiful this huge turtle was as he swam.
We decided to have one special dinner and went to Japengo.  It was without a doubt one of the all around best dinning experiences we have ever had.
It is impossible to beat the ambiance, as you are sitting on ridge above the beach hearing the waves crash as you eat.  Max and I both like to cook and often leave a restaurant feeling like we could have made it better at home for a fraction of the price.  We couldn't come close to cooking the meal that came out of this place.  Exceptional!  
Our last day in paradise was also National Pina Colada day.  Where better to have one than in paradise!?  We soaked up the beach and pool until dark.
Wow is the best word that comes to mind for Maui.  I feel blessed to have stored up so many visual treasures while there.  It is even more beautiful in person because you are feeling the beauty with the soft breeze caressing your skin, smelling the salty air, hearing the gentle waves crash and feeling sand between your toes.  It is an all senses kind of beauty.  Hopefully it won't be 16 years until we get a chance to go back again.


Anonymous said...

Yr mom born there viewed the ocean f/the first time from a high up balcony, Aloha!

Courtney said...

Gorgeous pictures! I vote for an ENT/Path conference there next year. :)