Hawaii Recap Part 2

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hi guys and Happy Thursday to you!  Does it seem like this week has gone by super fast or is that just me?

In case you missed it, I recapped the first half of our trip earlier this week (click here) and left off at the Old Lahaina Luau.

After spending Wednesday morning by the pool, we decided to get in our Jeep and drive up to Haleakala National Park.  The road leading up to this dormant volcano is, as you would expect, quite twisty.  However, once you get up there, this awaits you:

A view of the cinder cones.

The volcano last erupted a few hundred years ago and is expected to erupt again in the future.

It's usually at least 32 degrees cooler at the summit than it is down by the beaches.  Good thing we brought our jackets!  I think it was in the mid-fifties up there, although after having just left our 80 degree hotel, it felt much cooler.

The summit is 10,023 feet above sea level.  There is even a government-run satellite on the peak opposite to this little visitor center!  It was very cool looking, but not open to the public because it has something to do with national defense.

This plant is called Silversword and is very rare, but grows in abundance at the summit!


When we got back to our hotel that night, I wasn't feeling so hot after all those crazy roads, so we stayed in, watched the sunset, and ordered room service.  It was probably my favorite night of them all.

Our final day consisted of more lounging and a sunset dinner cruise.  We got a nice couple to take a photo of us in front of the West Maui Mountains, and it turned out to be my favorite of the whole trip.

Then we ate dinner (ribs, chicken, potatoes, and other things which I can't remember) and watched the sunset.

There was a newlywed couple on the boat who were just plain disgusting.  She was wearing a skirt so short that I wondered if it wasn't just a long tank top, which wouldn't have been so bad if it was tight, but it was very flowy, and needless to say we were on the ocean so it was windy, and you can use your imagination for the rest.  They were making out and groping each other and Steven and I speculated that it wouldn't last longer than 9 months because once the passion fades, they won't have anything left because they never actually talk.  Another couple got engaged during the minute and half I was in the bathroom so I missed that whole thing, but apparently it was very sweet.

So that's Maui in a nutshell.  Neither of us has ever seen a more beautiful place and we were so lucky to get to go back.  It will probably be a while before we return, so mahalo for your hospitality, Maui, and aloha for now!

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