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Wed, May 29th - 5:39PM

Maui Day Ten - Aloha - the goodbye kind
After an early morning snorkel at our beach, we came back and had breakfast and decided to make this last day's beach walk a long one.  We strolled the beach and the resort walk all the way to Wailea Point, stopping for shade and water along the way. 

There were lots of honu (sea turtles) swimming about and munching as we made our way along the trail.  This was the most we had seen any day.  It was as if they came out to wish us Aloha.  Some of the tourist boats were moored right out past the reefs and the water was filled with brightly decked out snorkelers. 

We walked in silence for a good part of the way; both of us feeling that bittersweet combination of soaking up the indescribable beauty mixed with knowing that it's our last day. 

I love that Aloha means so many things; we will bring Aloha home with us, in our hearts.  And when we leave, saying Aloha to this island, we can smile and know that we will return, once again to be greeted with Aloha upon our return.  :)

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Wed, May 29th - 12:23AM

Maui Day Nine - OMG! Only one more day!
We once again awoke at the crack of dawn to a gorgeous sky, birds singing and roosters crowing (ahem -since 4:00 am).  After coffee and a decadent cinnamon roll from the place in Kihei under Denny's; we set out to try snorkeling at Ulua.  We figured we would combine a morning walk with the snorkeling - my aren't we just so smart!

Snorkeling was just ok.  Not as good as at our own little Keawakapu beach yesterday - but ok.  Tim swam around a long ways seeing if there were turtles (we had seen some from the shore on previous days and were told that they are ALWAYS there) - honu...:(

It was nice anyway - being in the water on a beach, I think, anywhere in Hawaii, would be nice...can't beat it. So we hung out for awhile and then wandered back to the condo for food and lounging around.

Dinner tonight at MaLa in Wailea (thanks again Lynda for the tip) -  YUM! We did the Prixe Fixe menu for Wailea Restaurant Week - benefits Food Bank.  Got back - barely in time for sunset.  So nice to sit out on the lawn that edges the ocean - sipping another glass of wine and just soaking up the island energy - soft, warm, calming...'everything's gonna be alright..."
such a perfect way to wind down the day...

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Mon, May 27th - 10:00PM

Maui Day Eight - No Jellyfish
We grabbed our gear first thing this morning and went next door to Keawakapu beach to snorkel.  I admit, I felt a bit out of practice, but decided it has to be like riding a bike, right?  Well, it pretty much is :) .  I was trying to be on the lookout for jellyfish at first, but decided it was ridiculous for any number of reasons; just to name a couple:  1) I can't see much detail without my glasses, 2) I would miss out on seeing all the colorful fish and sea life if I tried to focus on watching out for damn jellyfish.  BUT - just so you understand why I was a teeny bit obsessed about it, I will give you some background not before mentioned in this blog.
- The day before we left, looking for suitcases in the storage unit, Tim got bit by what we assume is a spider.  His right forearm got a nasty looking blistery sore about the size of a silver dollar.  He said it didn't hurt and he didn't feel it when it happened, but we still kept our eye on it in case things got worse.  Luckily they didn't.
- On our 3rd or 4th day here (love how I lose count!) on one of our leisurely morning beach walks, Tim stepped on a bee and got stung on his little toe!  Again, fortunately not too bad, but enough to be annoying and itchy.
You know what they say about things happening in threes! So when the kid at the snorkel place said, 'jellyfish' - Tim and I both looked at each other.  Outside we said to each other, "hmm...spider bite - one; bee sting - two...." And we didn't need to finish that one.  Needless to say we were both relieved that no jellyfish were sited or felt this morning :) .

Lynda and Dave - thank you for all the 'local' tips!  We went and picked up cinnamon rolls from the place under Denny's for coffee tomorrow :) and had yummy Jaws fish tacos for lunch!

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Sun, May 26th - 11:53PM

Still Sunday
We went over and got snorkel gear today.  It was 'the day' - the one where you go, 'oh...this vacation IS going to be over in a few days...this luxuriously slow paced lifestyle will cease and we will be back in REAL life!  OMG!'

Soanyway...we go in to get the snorkel gear and the kid is really nice, making sure masks fit right, etc.  So we get it all set and he says, 'Oh and one more thing...not to freak you out or anything..." And I instantly interject, " SHARKS!??" 'No...NO...not at all," he says, grinning, 'jellyfish. You should just be aware that there have been a couple incidents out there.  The full moon brings them in on the tide for a few days after and the high winds increase it. In case you do get stung, the worst thing to put on them is cold water."  Tim pipes up (having seen FRIENDS, like we all have), "yeah, peeing on them is best."  Without missing a beat, the kid says, ' Yeah, pee or vinegar works, too." mantra tomorrow morning.

Back to our 'hangout' at the 5 palms for happy hour, we get seated next to a young couple with two little kids.  The little girl (about 3) is obviously tired and has had enough for the day; she is beginning to melt down and the tears start.  Mom says to her, in a totally serious tone, 'Oh, Honey - you can't cry - it's still Happy Hour!"  TOO cute - and of course the little girl stops - can you imagine the image that 'happy hour' must bring to a 3 year old??

After another pupu feast, we walked back up the beach a bit and over to the condo and observed how interesting it is, we walk immediately in one door and out the other to the lanai. Loving the indoor/outdoor life's too short in Ashland. 

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Sun, May 26th - 4:18PM

Maui Day Seven - Sunday
Somehow I lost a day - lol - island time...
The post that is Saturday on here, was actually from Friday, the night of the full moon.  I guess the time difference doesn't affect the blog - it is still posting on Ashland time?  Not sure...

Anyway, today is Sunday.  Just had brunch next door at what I guess now is officially our hangout - the 5 Palms.  It is just way TOO easy to hang close here with as little effort as possible made to eat. ;)

This morning on our walk we veered off the beach and took a self-guided tour of the Grand Wailea.  Lynda gave us a good tip about Wailea restaurant week (starts today).  A lot of the restaurants have special prixe fixe menus for this week only.  She suggested the Humuhumu.....etc.  you know - the long named fish.  So we thought we would take a little tour of the place and check it out.  It is amazing!  Not sure if we will make it over there for dinner or not, but if we do, I'm sure it will be a wonderful experience.

We got quite the sunset show last night - one of those that looks like it isn't going to be anything special because of the clouds, and then surprises you by exploding and filling the sky with such glorious shades of oranges, pinks, purples and blues that you just can't look away (or stop snapping pictures) until the last bits of color get swallowed up by the night sky.  Wow. 

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Sat, May 25th - 12:44AM

Maui Day Six - Sunset-Moonrise
How very blessed I feel to be in this island paradise on the night of the full moon.  Can there be anything more splendid in nature than to witness the sunset over the sea and shortly thereafter, the moonrise over the island peak?  Accompanied by the music of the waves lapping on the shore and palms softly clicking in the breeze...could there be anything more perfect?  ...sharing it with the one you love...yes...

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Fri, May 24th - 3:18PM

Maui Day Five
Hangin' loose.  Makin' no plans, man.  LOL.  Likin' the island pace better every day, for sure...letting go of 'shoulds', 'have-to's' and 'agendas'. 

We are still on mainland time, though.  We are up and moving by 6:00 each morning, even if we manage to stay awake past 10 - (I know, you are all laughing at us ;) ).  But hey, 10:00 here is 1:00 there - WAY past our bedtime at home!  Naps are nice, though and seem to fit right in with the island lifestyle.

We went to Wailea for dinner last night - Ruth's Chris and had an outstanding steak - yes, this, my second time ever eating at Ruth's Chris and I made sure to order the steak - a tender petite filet to be exact. The first time I ordered fish which, although it was very good, as I recollect; was by no means any comparison to the steaks they specialize in.  Ok...enough food talk.

Trades are back with gusto today.  Serene loooooong morning beach walk, back here for breakfast and Tim's off for his first run of the trip.  I think the pool may be calling to me today...

Oh, on our walk we stopped to watch a group we are calling the 'Senior Noodle Gang'.  Just down the beach there is a group that meets every morning and they go out with their noodles, you know, those floaty things, and they just all gather a ways out from shore, past the surf break and hang out on their noodles! They don't all appear to be 'seniors', but I don't think there is anyone under 45.  I swear, I was looking really close to see if they had mimosas or bloody marys out there, because it is definitely a social event!  We have at least one noodle in the closet here, I'm tempted to go out and join them and see what it's all about :)

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Thu, May 23rd - 5:40PM

Maui Day Four - And the Winds Came
The mornings here have been soft and slightly blurred; like an impressionist painting.  There is a misty, cloudiness that hangs in the air, surrounding the island with a subtle mystique.  All is calm, save the birds, noisily competing, each with their own song, in the trees and brush that abound.  The sun lazily pokes itself in and out of the clouds until it decides to stay for awhile, sending glittering shards across the azure sea.

Our walk took us south again, down into Wailea.  The sea had finally worn herself out and the waves had calmed.  Beaches were scattered with paddle boarders, boogie boarders, a few surfing students and the snorkelers decided to check out the murkiness below. 

We dined oceanfront for breakfast at Sarento's on the Beach, just a couple doors down.  I tried the tasty omelet with kula onions and lots of other veggies, while Tim stuck with a tried and true eggs benedict.  Both were hot, fresh and yummy along with real good strong coffee (not the brewed-in-old-socks kind we have often found on the island ;) )

After putting in our order with Jeanne the bread lady for some homemade cinnamon rolls to be delivered to our condo tomorrow, and picking up a couple of movies and putters from the office, we decided to re-sunscreen and go out by the beach and read.  By now the trade winds were picking up, but we positioned our lounge chairs carefully and relaxed into reading mode.  Aside from fighting us to turn the pages, the wind wasn't bad.  It was not lessening, however, nor was it giving the slightest hint of abating.  So after an hour, we came on back up to the condo. 

The winds have the strength of those we've felt often on the Oregon coast, but none of the chill!  It is even pleasant to sit and have them whipping around you, sending bits of ocean spray up when a big swell comes in.  The ocean has changed from her calm glassy surface to a whipped up blue with white meringue peaks covering her entirety.  Tim swears these trade winds will stop around sunset as abruptly as they started....we'll see...

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Wed, May 22nd - 3:19PM

Maui May 2013
Day three here in Maui and I am just starting the blog! Monday - arrival day, we got in at around 2:30 p.m. and picked up the rental car and headed straight for the Whole Foods market in Kahului. Things have changed here since we last visited, for sure! That was 7 years ago - I guess we should expect change in that amount of time. We grabbed enough food and wine to get through the first couple days, jumped back in the car and to the condo.

Our condo here at the Surfside in Kihei is very cute and we have a lovely oceanfront view. The surf is high here; I guess unusually so, which makes for great wave watching, but not so much for snorkeling :( We have not yet headed to Snorkel Bobs for gear - we'll see how the rest of the week goes. Beachwalking is amazing as always. To the South we can walk as far as Wailea/Makena. To the North we could go as far as Sugar Beach? Not sure...

So far we have not ventured very far. We are totally satisfied to eat, sleep, read and walk the beach! Yesterday our walk took us to Kamaole II and this morning we went south to Makapu. Today is the first day I feel like I may be catching up on my rest. I had no idea I was so exhausted! Next door to us at the Mana Kai, there is a great beachfront restaurant - Five Palms - that has happy hour with 1/2 price pupus and drinks. So, you guessed it - we've had lovely dinners the past two nights feasting on an assortment of pupus (spicy tuna rolls, bbq ribs, coconut shrimp, lettuce wraps), a crisp pinot gris for me and of course a red for Tim.

People watching is spectacular, whether walking the beach, sitting on our lanai or at the restaurant or lounging on the green expanse of lawn that edges up against the beach out front. It is so fun to imagine what brought each of these people to this place of paradise!

Tim and I have both finished the first of the books we brought - lol - we have two left and the condo is stocked with quite a few, but we may have to hit a bookstore before too long. Today we will venture out and do some exploring; maybe grab a fish taco or some other yummy treat for lunch. I'll get Tim to help me post some pics later on.

For now, Aloha to all; oh, and not to sound too cliche, but - 'wish you were here!'
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