Today we are going to sit by the pool

At least we were going to sit by the pool right after I had a surfing lesson.  I signed up for a 10am lesson through Surf & Yoga in Kihei…about 10 mins away…2 hour lesson, then right to the pool.  The lesson was great!  Eddie, my instructor, had me up after only about 10 minutes and then I rode 15-20 foot…ok, only 3-5 foot…but 15-20 sounds much better..waves for then next 110 minutes.  I videoed a bunch and Eddie videoed me a few times, some or all will be posted soon. Ms. seasick over here did not surf, but I did walk along the beach and marvel at the ocean. Aaaaaaaah.

View from the Maui Brewing Company

I was really hungry after two hours in the water so we decided to stop on the way back to the hotel at the Maui Brewing Company, which wasn’t far from where I had my surfing lesson..and after all we were hungry and right afterwards, we would go to the pool.  We had a couple of beers and fabulous food (I had chicken wings followed by a burger with mushrooms and smoked gouda.  Sue had avacado toast and really interesting veggie burger. It had macadamia nuts. Yum.) I felt that I should double down on the meat as I think my belly is still recovering from the fake chicken from a few days ago.

Once we finished lunch, we were about to head to the pool, when I mentioned that Eddie (remember Eddie, he was my surfing instructor) had told me about a really nice little hike about 10 minutes away from the hotel.  (More like 10 miles on another not-quite-two-lane road.) It 20180430_145545was called the Hoapili Trail and is through lava fields.  What a great walk.  It isn’t very long (which none of the hikes on Maui are) but it was incredible. Rust red to pitch black rocks roll right into the ocean, which then carves blow holes and rock ridges.  I have a bunch of videos, which are just amazing.

20180430_184448After we finished that hike, we returned to the hotel and it was too late for pool-sitting, so we had a drink on our balcony.  Today was our first sunny day, so we scrambled down to the western edge of the hotel property and snagged a nice spot to watch a spectacular sunset.

Following the sunset we went to get 20180430_195133dinner nearby and unanimously voted on ice cream (read: sorbet for Sue) for dinner. Yum!  We took our after dinner ramble up a little street that leads away from the hotel that we called the enchanted forest (and Google calls unnamed road).

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.


The Sun Did Come Up…

After getting up at 1:30 (ok, 1:40 after hitting snooze), we took a sunrise tour up Haleakala to see the sunrise. Unfortunately, nature wasn’t on our side. We glimpsed beautiful streaks of pink between the clouds, and then it was light. I was freezing the whole time, but despite all that, it was worth it. Our tour guide from Haleakela Bike Company,  Derek, was entertaining and helpful and our driver, Keith, made the trip seem like a breeze even when the road wound round and round as we climbed. I have a couple of suggestions: Bring snacks, because you won’t have a chance to eat for many hours and if you are like me, your stomach wakes up hours after you get out of bed. Also, warm clothes are essential! Brrrrrrrr.

20180427_073051Even if the sunrise had been perfect, I think the best part would have been the bike ride down. I was still bundled up in two fleeces and Under Armour winter pants, but cruising down a volcano on a mountain bike is FUN. You can see for yourself on the video. We did the whole 22.5 miles by 9:30 am just because going fast feels great. Then, we went to Colleen’s, a breakfast spot in the same strip mall as the tour company. If you love coffee, check it out. The Maui Roasting Company does a special blend for the restaurant and it was delicious. The food was good too.

6016728A-5C4A-47DB-8499-BD15E6EB8C2ASteven’s lunatic thought of the day:  Maui is at 20.7984° N latitude. The diameter of the earth at that point is 7,923.054 miles (Google it!), which means that the circumference is about 24,891.01 miles (using excel which does π to 15 decimal places).  Last year we saw the sunrise over the Sahara, just outside Merzouga Morocco (31.0802° N latitude). The distance between the two is 8,400 miles and 12 time zones. Maybe for our next trip we will try and figure out what is equidistant of the remaining 16,000 miles and watch the sun rise there…. I think it’s the middle of the ocean …so maybe we will bobbing on the water somewhere.