Wenchie!! Wow, cool new job but how sad about the homeless person. Probably harmless but better to be safe than sorry.
Story, I have rarely ever gone to Manwe and still don't much. Too much highly political poop (that quite frankly would be better suited to any one of a zillion true "political" messageboards and not a Tolkien one but meh, that's only my .02
). And I just don't have the time or inclination to have my day ruined by people who argue the same tired crap over and over and over and over and over and . . . well, you get the idea.
Life's too short.
Okay . . . soooooo, the promised little "roadtrip" via a buncha photographs from our vacation to Maui back in April . . .
Getting them sized and uploaded to photobucket was one of those "to do" thingies I had on my list that for some reason, I just could not seem to get to . . .
But here it is, the end of September
and not only has the spring gone into the West, but the summer too. So, without further ado, here's some glimpses of where we were, what we saw, even though I doubt we conquered anything bigger than a tropical drink, LOLOL . . .
Our first sunrise
, with the backside of Haleakala to the right. This view is pretty much what everyone sees from the Ma'alaea Bay condo complexes since they're all designed to have this view from the living room / lanai. We had a different condo this year from last year, and were delighted to see we had a pretty nice pool with a view
. . .
The Trade Winds were unusually fierce this year, so grabbing bit of sun
in the large garden area next to the sea wall was very breezy - as you can see from the palm trees. But I'll take it over Edmonton in April any day, LOL.
No trip to Maui would be complete without a visit round the Bay to famous Kihei and all those beaches!
This is just one of the places we snorkelled . . . and saw sea turtles! (Sorry, didn't get turtle photos.)
This year we decided to go and explore a bit of "Upcountry" which is pretty much everything that exists on the slopes of Haleakala Crater. But we had a specific destinationin mind and after driving up the crater and stopping to admire the view of Ma'alaea Bay
from a different perspective, we continued on to the Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm
. . .
I apologize for the extreme poor quality of these photos, for some reason my Blackberry camera is VERY picky and even the tiniest movement made for fairly blurry results. Seems to me it was rather windy that day too but then again, maybe it was just the Margaritas . . .
The Lavender Gardens are HUGE and full of unusual objects
There was also a lot more than lavender growing there. There wasn't enough time (or juice in my phone battery) to get photos of the thousands of varieties, so I just snapped a few favourites, like this Bird of Paradise
and a pink Protea
. I discovered a Red Protea
growing in the middle of a huge lavender planting . . . the contrast was interesting.
led to a different, beautiful setting like this one
, with tons of plant varieties that I couldn't even begin to identify, much less name.
Along with lavender and other flowers, there were sections with beautiful trees and shrubs
that were also a riot of colour.
And of course, many areas of the gardens boasted stunning views
of the lower slopes and the Bay.
After visiting the Gift Shop (where I resisted buying a buncha stuff I'd never use
), it was home again, home again, jiggedy jig - to find the sun again
, even if the winds (and the surf) were still quite high.
At least once a week, we also drove across the island to the old Whaling town of Lahaina. Unfortunately, one of the days we went it was "Ship Day" when the Cruise Ships
anchor in Lahaina harbour and a gazzillion tourists are brought in by smaller boats (can't remember what those silly boats are called now . . . packet boats?)
Another favourite pastime (aside from golf for the guys) was reef and beach walking. In the mornings when the tide has just gone out, there are tons of tidal pools exposed on the lava shelves (that form the basis for the reefs around much of the island.) I managed to get a shot of three amigos
(and a bit of my thumb
) in one pool; two black, spiny starfish and a black sea urchin. One starfish is fully visible, but there's another hiding near the bottom of the picture, you can just see a bit of two of his(her?) arms . . .
*sigh* Well, that's about it for the Maui Roadtrip for 2012. Hope y'all enjoyed a wee, teeny, tiny slice of one of the Hawai'an Islands.
And now, like Tooks, I should go and see about some . . . stuff.