Saturday, September 15, 2012

Maui Wowee Part II

Just outside of Hana is Waianapanapa State Park, at which point I decided I really truely was in paradise.  Jagged lava cliffs, lush green plants, and the bluest blue water.  It's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

Exploring a lava tube

We walked up this beautiful and creepy staircase under all these vines to reach some caves

The next day we went to Hahunu Garden to see Pi'ilanihale Heiau, a structure built out of lava stones dating back to around 1200.  Some of the stones traveled from as as far as 7 miles away and it covers three acres.

Next stop was for a dip at Waioka Pond, a small fresh water pool right next to the ocean.  On the day we were visiting the ocean was a bit moody, so waves were actually crashing into the pool.  It was beautiful and there were only a handful of people there.

See that cliff on the left?   I jumped off that into the water.  Of course, only after watching a few brave souls do it before me without dying.  It sure looks a lot higher when you are looking down.

Next up, the Seven Sacred Pools, which unfortunately were closed to swimming that day, but we got a nice hike in before the mosquitoes attacked.

Another amazing banyan tree.

This photo makes me feel like Tinkerbell

The bamboo forest, where we call it a day.

The next day we had to say goodbye to the beautiful house we'd been staying in.  It is surrounded by a flower farm.  This is the view of the backyard.  Wouldn't it be nice to wake up to that every morning?

This is the view from the deck where we ate dinner every evening and listened to chirping geckos.

On our way to Kihei we stopped by a botanical garden to ogle painted gum trees...

...ginger flowers

and  hala trees.  Check out those roots!

We arrive at our final destination, a sweet, tiny house right across from the beach.

The next morning we head for foggy Iao Valley.  These pictures don't come close to showing the scale of the mountains.  

Then we spent the rest of the day at the beach, working on our tans and watching the most beautiful sunset of our trip.

Me, sporting the bathing suit I made.

Our last day in Maui we spent all day on the beach,
after our breakfast of fruit salad and homemade mango bread.  I wish I could eat like this every day.

The surreal landscape of La Perouse Bay

Idyllic Big Beach

Unfortunately we have no photos of Dewey and I wearing our snorkel masks.  We spent half the day snorkeling for the first time, which was beyond amazing.  It is like being inside an aquarium exhibit.  Completely exhausted from swimming and sun, we watched the sun set for the final time in Maui from our hammock.
 I look kinda happy, don't you think?

Our last view of Maui from the plane.

Goodbye Paradise!
We miss you already.

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