Monday, August 13, 2007

Aloha from Maui - Post 4

The last two days have been pretty restful here at Genea-Musings on the Beach. Our days have been mostly sleep-eat-drive-snorkel-drive-eat-shop-drive-nap-pool-blog-drive-eat-drive-sleep. Recycle again tomorrow. I'm just a Genealogist in Paradise.

Saturday was Joanie and Ray's last day, but their plane didn't leave until midnight, so we shared a dinner at the Sands of Kahana restaurant near our condo. We talked a bit about how they met, Ray's ancestry and all of our life experiences. We really enjoyed seeing them and sharing meals and stories with them.

On Sunday, Linda and I went snorkeling in the morning down at Kahikeli Beach, near the Whalers Village in Ka'anapali. The beach had shade trees and a fairly easy access to the water. We snorkeled for awhile then sat in the shade and watched people on the sand and in the water. Then we went to the Rusty Harpoon for lunch, stopped by the Haagen Daz store for an ice cream cone, did a little shopping, and headed back to the condo for our naps and pool time.

That evening, we decided to go back to Whalers Village and eat at Leilani's on the Beach. Afterward, we watched the sun go down, but the distant clouds didn't create the desired "fantastic" Hawaii sunset that you see on postcards (that hasn't happened in 5 sunsets yet on this trip). On the way back to the car, I spotted an "old map" store. I figured it would have just Hawaii maps, but it turned out that it had prints on canvas from public domain historical maps, like those found in the Library of Congress collection. They had several large prints of maps of San Diego and San Francisco, so we bought several to put a finishing touch on our newly painted walls at home (we have a "San Francisco room" and a "San Diego room" in our house now). We also got one for my brother-in-law for Christmas - sssh, don't tell him -- I'm going to have to delete that line when I post this on my other blog, I think)!

On Monday, we had a leisurely morning, then went out driving to the Iao Valley near Wailuku on Maui. This is essentially in a rain forest, with tall and steep mountains, fresh water streams, lots of flowers and trees, etc. There is a bridge over the stream in the park and 4 guys were jumping off the bridge into the pool about 30 feet below - for money. We got some pictures of that. We stopped at the nature center, and then went to lunch at Ruby's Diner in Wailuku. Then we headed back to the condo for naps, Linda's pool time, and my blogging time.

This will be my last post from Maui - we go back to reality on Tuesday, leaving the condo at 10 AM Maui time and arriving in San Diego at 10:30 PM Pacific time. There will be no blogging on Tuesday, and I likely won't get a post off on Wednesday until the afternoon - I have to lead the CVGS Computer Group at 10 AM, and will probably share lunch with my colleagues at Rubios.

Aloha from Maui!! Ahola to San Diego!

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