Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Vacation in Paradise ...

... Day 1

What can I say about the first day of vacation? It was long! We had about a 14 hour flight (including connecting flight) and went through a lot of time zones. When we finally arrived at Lanai'i, we were exhausted. We got our room, put our luggage down and fell asleep.

... Day 2

We had decided to take the ferry to Maui that day, so I started looking for my camera. Found the camera, couldn't find the battery. Guess what ... I left the battery at home. ARRGHHH!!  

Anyway, it was a beautiful day, sunny and warm. The ferry put into the city of Lahaina. We walked around the town for a while, then we wondered if there was a Harley Davidson store in town (my husband owns 2 Harley's, so we are always looking out for the stores). Of course there was a HD store in town! We went and looked around, bought shirts, and talked to the manager about the cost of renting an HD for the day on Maui. It was a fairly reasonable price, so if we ever get back to Maui, we will probably rent a motorcycle for the day. That would be a great way to spend time in Maui and see the sights. Then we went to Cheeseburger in Paradise for lunch. It was so good and they put us right by the window overlooking the ocean. 

After a late lunch, we were walking back to the ferry and went to sit under the Banyon Tree. This tree was amazing! One tree covered a whole acre. The original tree was planted in the 1800's, and the people of Lahaina cared for this tree for all these years. The main tree has tree limbs from which roots hang down and plant themselves. They then grow into trees themselves shooting out more roots. One tree had created more than 16 other trees within this one acre. The thing that amazed me the most was that they were all connected to each other.

On the way back in the ferry, we saw a humpback whale and her calf. They weren't very close, but we got to see them breach. I was so excited! As it turns out, that was the only whale sighting I had the whole time we were in Hawaii. It was pretty late in the season for humpbacks; most of them had already started migrating back to their feeding grounds. 

 Stay tuned for more of my vacation!

Ocean image from Eastridge, Julie. blueocean.jpg. July, 2007. Pics4Learning. 4 May 2011
Banyon tree image from Gilmer, Lori. img_0488.jpg. March 2007. Pics4Learning. 4 May 2011

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