I'm writing this from Hawaii. I'm on the island of Maui to be exact. I left Orange County in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday and I'll be here for eleven days. Eleven! I'm very fortunate because I've been to Hawaii many times in my life. My job used to bring me here on business and it's become a favorite vacation spot for my family.
While I'm here I'll share pictures and a little about our life on vacation with you. We've been here often enough that it feels like a second home. We have our favorite coffee house, our favorite beaches and our favorite restaurants.
This is our second year staying in the same condo complex. We are renting a two story condo on a bluff with a full ocean view. We have a patio on the bluff where we eat most of our meals. A few feet away are some steps leading down to a small and private beach.
I'm in heaven.
Kauai is actually my favorite island, but for a host of reasons we come to Maui more frequently.
Our first day here, Saturday, was a travel day. A lot of people don't realize that getting to Hawaii is a long trip even from California. It takes a little over an hour to drive to LAX airport from Orange County (with no traffic). We had a flight delay and spent awhile sitting on the runway (yawn). Flying time from LA to Kahului airport on Maui is close to five and a half hours. Next came the line for a rental car and the wait for our baggage.
We drove less than five minutes from the Kahului airport to the nearest Costco where we stocked up on bottled waters and possibly alcohol. (Oh, and food too.) I have three teens and there can never be enough food. Then we drove another hour to get to our condo. We enjoyed some afternoon beach time and then grilled burgers out on the beach.
We were treated to a beautiful sunset on our first night. I sipped vodka and limeades over crushed ice and watched the sun change the sky into a beautiful painting.
It made for a long day and combined with the time difference, we were all in bed by 9 p.m. Hawaii time (midnight California time) on our first night here.
On Day #2, Sunday, we were up early due to the time difference here. We had breakfast on our patio on the bluff. From the patio we look out in one direction at this:
If we look in the other direction we see this:
A few of us took a leisurely walk to the local coffee house to purchase some Chocolate Macadamia nut coffee for home brewing. We got rained on briefly during our walk. Rain showers come and go quickly here.
We've been here enough times to do all the touristy stuff. As a result, we don't feel compelled to do much of anything while we're here. We enjoyed a guilt-free lazy beach day. I took a few photos, swam quite a bit and enjoyed losing myself in a novel.
There are a lot of sea turtles here and one popped up right next to me in the water when I was not expecting it. I may have been a little bit startled when he waved his flipper at me, took a breath of air and then swam away.
I'm reading the most fantastic book on my Kindle right now. It's called The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron. It's a big, monster, of a novel but I've totally lost myself in it. I don't know if I've enjoyed a book this much since I read Pillars of the Earth. I highly recommend it.
In the evening we grilled steaks on the beach, enjoyed another beautiful sunset and possibly drank a bit too much.
I'll have more about Hawaii tomorrow!
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