Monday, May 4, 2015

Maui cont.......

Trying to split these pictures into days is difficult but I will try to post in some sort of order.

Morning two brought sun and blue skies
Breakfast



 We walked around and took some photos of the gorgeous resort.








We had a beach/pool day. The beach was crowded but we really didn't care. Soaked up lots of sun and watched people. (And although I put sunscreen on pretty often, it wasn't enough and I got pretty burned.)

I was trying to talk over the noisy waves, that is sand on my arm






In the winter months, the ocean is pretty rough at this resort (our other hotel was worse) but we did find calm beaches elsewhere. I swam in the ocean very little because the waves would knock me down and salt and sand would get in my eyes.




We found great chairs (all the tents and cabanas are very expensive and taken pretty early in the day) and parked right in front of the hot tub and pool. The water was really cold but I always got in the hot tub after. And I was right in the path of the nice server who brought me a vodka tonic every half hour.


For dinner, we had reservations (for our Maui anniversary dinner) at the restaurant on property we had been dying to try but they were extremely busy and we got ignored and forgotten so we left (with me in tears- R had really wanted to have a anniversary dinner on each island and had put a lot of thought into it). The front desk clerk (who was mortified and apologized many times) recommended Duo, a restaurant next door at The Four Seasons. It definitely made up for the earlier part of the evening.

R took these before we left for dinner.






Bathroom selfie to fix my makeup. I picked up my tunic in Paia, my sandals, purse and jeans were all bought for the trip.




Our server was amazing. Probably one of the best we have ever had. She gave us all kinds of ideas on where to eat, the best beaches and where the locals liked to go. She was born in Lanai and moved to Maui for work. 


Everyone got cotton candy for dessert, green apple


The next morning we headed out early to take her recommendation for breakfast. 


 This was the Maui version of our restaurant. We stood in line for quite awhile to order, then found a table outside. There were baby chicks everywhere. It is crazy how many chickens run free in Hawaii. Maui was nothing compared to Kauai.


We shared this huge cinnamon roll


R's crab omelette
Our plan was to stop at as many beaches as we could and maybe take the Road to Hana. (I changed clothes first)



We were just driving along on the highway and then the scenery turns from this:


to this:






There were several lookout areas on the Road to Hana. This, I think, is Keanae Park.  This was my favorite because the ocean was unbelievable. The sunshine (after months of gloom and cold) combined with the shades of blue and the dark lava rocks was just surreal. 
This guy was doing some wood carvings in one of these lookout areas. We ended up buying one for good luck and prosperity (each one had a different meaning)
There were several people with tables out selling locally made jewelry. I really wanted one of the necklaces but it was very pricey and she wouldn't go down much on it. 




The extremely narrow two lane road had many curves and on one side, part of the time, was a cliff dropping to the ocean. I sometimes get a little carsick and was able to control it with the top down on the Jeep and fresh air coming in. I am not a fan of heights though so on the way back, I tried not to look down. This is just a small portion of the photos from the day. We only went about halfway because it started to get dark, there was no phone service and we didn't know the roads well enough to try to maneuver them in the dark.






We passed bamboo forests, taro plants, waterfalls, flower and fruit stands and many hiking trails. We missed the black sand beach and Mama's Fish House (I was not ready to eat yet!)








Looks like one lane. In truth it was two, but so narrow there was no room for error.







Somewhere down there is the Coral Miracle Church. There is a very interesting story behind it. Read it here


We made it back with plenty of time for showers and dinner at Monkey Pod (thanks for the recommendation Carrie!) where we had truffle fries, lobster pizza and the best mai tai I have ever had.






He was carrying my purse because my sunburn was starting to become very painful, should have brought my clutch.
When we got back to the room, there was a gift from the front desk manager with a letter of apology for our dinner conundrum the previous night.



Are you tired of pictures yet? If so, you might want to go because there are so many more......


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