The Gasoline Lemonade Acid War Zone Trail

My apologies to Tom Wolfe, but I couldn’t resist (if you don’t get the joke, google Tom Wolfe, find the book and read it).

Today started with my company meeting.  Everyone was forced to make important decisions at 9:00 — I went for the Bloody Mary, not the Mimosa — it was a brutal meeting ;).   The bigwigs – at least two of whom looked like they didn’t make it bed last night – presented the state of the company, we all did our rah rahs and were out by 10:30.  I snagged a couple of extra BM’s and met Sue back in the room.  She did an early morning yoga class which finished at the same time. (Yoga by the ocean is great even on a cloudy day.)

We decided to get a picnic lunch and hike the Acid War Zone Trail.  It is on the north side of the island and so we drove via Lahaina and stopped a Farmer’s Market for lunch fixin’s….Sue picked our stopping point and it turns out that it was an organic, vegetarian, Birenstock, crunchy granola sort of place. (I loved it. Many things for me to eat.) We both got a fake chicken with sesame dressing wrap and I got some lemonade.  At this point, some 6 hours later, I have not had a significant allergic reaction to non-meat chicken so I optimistic that I will ok….but just to make sure, I am going to have a large slab of meat for dinner…hopefully it will counteract any lingering issues that may be caused by contaminating my body with fake meat. (Ask Steven how happy he was that I am a vegetarian when we had to leave his company party early because many people think veggies eat fish.)

After we ate, we hiked down the Acid War Zone Trail…and trail needs quotes.  It was fabulously scenic and is called the acid war zone because of the stark hardscrabble landscape.  It runs along the occean and the sea-water erosion of the volcanic rocks is amazing.   The trail ends at the Nakalene blowhole which erupts every 15-20 seconds.  The photos and video say more than I could ever describe. (Having a few technical issues so it might take a little while to get some of the photos up -but here is the video.)


Once back in the car, we continued the loop around the north side of the island….when the sign said narrow winding road we chuckled…when it said 15 mph speed limit we giggled, when it said one lane – we rolled our eyes….8 miles, 3 near accidents and way too many hairpin turns with straight drops later…we smiled again and said….that was so cool!  It reminded us of a much longer and much greener Dades road in Morocco…it also wound around the hills rather climbing up one gorge.

By the time we returned to the hotel it was 5pm – cocktail hour.  I made a couple of our newly invented drinks..gin, ginger beer and pineapple juice… and we relaxed.



indexWe leave on an April 26 flight to LA and then to Maui; we arrive at 5 pm.  We are staying on Maui until noon on Tuesday, May 1, when we fly to Oahu.  We are in Honolulu until noon on Friday, May 4; then a stop in LA and finally to Chicago at 6 am on Saturday.

Since the airfare and hotel are paid for by my company we have to do a little bit of “work stuff.”  We have a meet & greet dinner on the first night. (I am not looking forward to this. I will have to be on my best behavior. Boo!) and then I have a breakfast meeting the next morning for 90 minutes.  (Read: Sue sleeps late.) Other than that, we are on our own.  I am very excited about this trip–especially since it is snowing this morning (April 9; Cubs home opener postponed).  We have created a short list of potential activities and will need to figure out which ones we have time/energy/inclination to do:

  1. Watch the sun rise on Haleakala and then a 23-mile bike ride down the mountain
  2. Scuba (try dive for Sue)
  3. zip lining–yes, Steven, who is petrified of heights, thinks this would be fun.
  4. Hiking on Haleakala
  5. Hiking on the Acid War Zone Trail
  6. Drive the road to Hana and hike along the way
  7. Visit Haiku and Paia
  8. Kayak to Molokini
  9. Sunset kayak tour
  10. Some other kayak tour
  11. Surfing!
  12. Kayak trip to Gilligan’s Island! – wonder if it will be more than a three hour tour (a three hour tour)
  13. Hiking on Diamondhead
  14. Visiting with Sue’s niece (actually my second cousin’s kid) who lives in Honolulu
  15. Relax? – probably not, but figured I would put it in anyway
  16. Avoid Steven’s colleagues

A couple of interesting points.  Seems like everything starts early in the morning especially the kayaking.  Haleakala is about 11,000 feet high and the sunrise tour starts at 3 am, so it will be cold.  The kayak trip to Molokini is 3.5 miles each way and since neither Sue nor I are real kayakers, we have no idea how hard that would be. (How hard could it be???)  Sue is not interested in surfing (I have trouble balancing on firm ground.), but I don’t think that will stop me.  I am a certified Scuba diver, but Sue has never done it, so maybe we will try and fit that in to see if she likes it.

When we decided to start up this blog, I did the only thing reasonable –I went out and bought a new toy–a GoPro camera.  (I helped the purchase along when he was dithering by suggesting the blog.) Now I am trying learn how to use it and will hopefully master it before we go. (Hmmm, I noticed this is I and not we. Where’s my GoPro?)   I’ll post some videos before we go so you can see the learning curve (which hopefully isn’t too long) on my new favorite toy.