Saturday, February 5, 2011

Alleged Birthplace of the President, Here We Come!

Eleven years ago, my youngest son came home from school the first day back after Christmas and asked if we could go to Hawaii over mid-winter break. Neither my wife nor I had ever had much interest in going to the 50th state, in part because everyone in the northwest who doesn't ski goes there. But it turned out that I could get tickets and a place to stay on Maui. I still don't know how I pulled that off: Getting to Hawaii from Seattle during midwinter break takes the same degree of advance planning as going to Yellowstone in the summer.

Well, we had a great time, and I've been going there off and on ever since. And for me, February is the month to go because that's when the humpbacks migrate to LaHaina Bay to calve. There are so many that you can't help but see them from the beach, from the hotel room, from any boat ride taken. My inner seven-year old comes out, I guess, because they are what I most look forward to.

That, and fresh frozen mangorita from the H'aile M'aile General Store in the part of Maui called Upcountry, near the western slope of the Haleakala volcano. It's not the kind of drink I usually order, but someone talked me into it once and I'm glad they did.

Pictures to follow!


Shaw Kenawe said...

Bon voyage! Have a great vaca. I've been to Maui twice, but it is a long trip for us east coasters, so now for a winter break, we usually go south to FLA or to one of the islands in the Caribbean.

tnlib said...

Have a fabulous trip. I love Maui - not so much the main island. The whole place exudes s-e-x I think. : )

Roy said...

Have a great trip! And say hey to Danno and Chin Ho for me while you're out there. Heh, heh!

TaraDharma said...

I hope you see whales in abundance! They are fantastic to watch! Preferably while sipping on that tropical drink.

Darlene said...

I have been to Maui one time and always vowed to return, but it was not to be. I love Hawaii. Who doesn't?

Have a safe and pleasurable trip. And watch those rum drinks; they can be deadly.

Foxessa said...

Are you on winter break from school then?

You guys went to Hawaii last year too, am I recalling correctly?

Gads, I'm sure most of the population of the U.S. would rather be in Hawaii right now than here. It's pretty awful here a lot of it, and it's been going on for so long already!

I'm looking forward to T's photos.

Love, c.

K. said...

Shaw, there's nothing wrong with the Caribbean. T. and I took our wedding trip there. I've never seen such blue water.

tnlib, you don't have to give a second thought, that's for sure!

Roy, and Zulu as Kono!

Tara, that's the idea. Hawaii is a great place to do nothing.

C., yes, last year was our first time there together. What's wrong with my pictures?

Darlene, I plan to watch those rum drinks very closely!

Foxessa said...

Sweetie -- not a thing wrong with your photos!

T posts more of them and more often, and well, they're hers, and they are like her -- lovely, twisted, etherial, dark, comic, startling.

Love, C.

Peter Tibbles said...

Gee, what a tough gig. I bet you hate the thought of having to go.