Every day that goes by we slide further and further into our own island routine. I'd like to say everything is perfect, but no vacation is ever flawless. We've had a few small bumps along the way, but nothing serious.
The winds have kicked up stronger and there's a buzz on Maui regarding Hurricane Felicia and the impact she might have on the islands. We left the beach early on Day #5 because the winds became so strong we were being painfully pelted by the windblown sand. The waves are bigger and the current is stronger than when we arrived. The fact that a tropical storm is hovering out there is obvious.
On a personal note, I forego any swimming on Day #4 and swam only a little on Day #5. I'm having problems with my arm. The pain has been bad enough to wake me several times each night. I think I overdid things too much my first few days here. I've backed off a little and will build back gradually. I'm still enjoying myself, but I'm also very frustrated.
My arm issues have also become a challenge due to my decision to discontinue my current physical therapy program. The Torturer (my physical therapist for my new readers) and I parted ways a few days prior to this trip. Now I'm unsure what course to take. Do I seek treatment when I return? If so, what type of treatment?
I'm in Hawaii, but with an arm that is causing me pain and a lot of frustration. Why can't the damn thing just work? Normally the beach calms me no matter what's going on in my life. The past few days it hasn't fulfilled its usual magic. I feel restless. I want solutions.
I'm not sure there are any.
On a lighter note, we had dinner at a highly recommended restaurant on Day #5. Our waiter was clearly very drunk. I suppose that shouldn't be funny, but he was immensely entertaining. My three teens (along with Briefcase and I) had a difficult time holding back our giggles as he waited on us. He was slurring his words and stumbled once or twice. Instead of being annoying or obnoxious, he was comedic.
I did swim a little bit on Day #5. I couldn't resist because several of my friends were right offshore and seemed to call for me to join them.
In this photo, a sea turtle (honu) is swimming away from me. The sea turtles are much bigger than most people realize. They can weigh up to 400 pounds. Sea turtles are gentle and very calming to watch. In many cultures they represent wisdom. They've been hanging around me a lot this trip. Perhaps some of their wisdom will rub off on me.
Here's a better picture I found via Google:
I love the turtles. I always have, but this trip I feel a kinship with them. (Unlike a lot of people, they don't judge and they always seem so kind.)
If I want sea turtles as my friends, why deny me?
Have I mentioned it's beautiful here?
© Twenty Four At Heart