On Friday, March 14th our family dream vacation began! We flew from Seattle —> San Jose, had a 30 min layover then off to Maui. Our first flight ran a little behind so with 15 minutes to make it we were hustling our buns 10 gates down but they held the plane for us and let us on. We flew Alaska and while I’ve always been happy with my customer service, (they are the WestJet of the USA), for the first time on this flight they left me disgruntled. I fly very often, at least a dozen times a year. Many times I’ve been on flights and the attendants have asked that everyone be patient so those who are rushing to catch a connecting flight get off first. I had chatted with a flight attendant on our first flight and told her our dilemma, she sympathetically said we weren’t the only ones in that situation on the plane. So to say I was shocked that we didn’t get that little bit of spare time to rush to our next flight was a disappointment. Boo Alaska! Don’t do that again!
We went from this, to that. Aaaah!
We landed on time at 12:30 Maui time, which is 3:30 for us as we are in PST normally. I should mention the day before we left, I flew home into Vancouver, BC, at 7am from 5 days in Vegas for our Passion Parties convention, which is always fun, and always a week of little sleep. To say I was exhausted was an understatement. I landed home at 10am, rushed home, did a load of laundry, unpacked, repacked, had parent teacher conferences, and drove to Seattle that night for our flight the next day. So, we walked into the condo, I spent 30 minutes unpacking, decided to lay down for 20 minutes and woke up 5 hours later. Aaah! Refreshing! Chad and the kids went to walk the beach, and then we went to Moose’s for dinner after my beauty sleep. I had the macadamia nut mahi mahi, delish! Chad had the mahi mahi beer battered fish and loved it. Ry had the coconut shrimp. Yum! Wheels (his new nickname) had…wait, I give you 3 guesses and the first two don’t count. Chicken strips. In his benefit he did say they were the best chicken strips he had in his life. Considering the amount of chicken strips he has eaten, that’s a pretty big complement.
We were thoroughly entertained by the funny pictures they have hanging. Most of them have funny sexual innuendos. People, if there’s one thing I’ve learned about sex and kids in my life, is that you have to LAUGH at it so they know there’s nothing wrong with it. My son is only 11 years old, but we make penis jokes and were laughing at the pictures hanging up all through dinner. One of my clearest memories as a kid is visiting a relative (I won’t say which in case he is offended by me sharing this story) when I was 4 or 5 and having him wake up early to make me breakfast. He walked out stark naked, everything was hanging out. I don’t have one of those things so of course I was staring. He shamed me very loudly ‘WHAT ARE YOU STARING AT!!!!’. Your dick that’s hanging out for the world to see, what the hell did you think I was staring at?!?! Do you think I EVER talked to him about sex again after that? Hell no. People, if you want your kids to be able to talk to you about sex, laugh about it with them. Body parts are funny. Penises are funny. They look like drunken elephants. Laugh. It’s good for you. Relative, if you know who you are, and if you’re reading this, I know you thought you were doing the right thing, it’s ok. But my advice is, if you don’t want people to stare, don’t walk around buck nekkid. Before anyone gets their panties in a knot, this wasn’t a sexually inappropriate thing for a small child, it was a house where people just walked around naked in the morning but damn if you looked you were in TROUBLE! Still to this day if I am rooming with someone at a work event or something and they are one of those naked people I just can’t stop staring. It’s a train wreck for me. Anyways, here’s some of the funny pics from Moose’s.
We are not Bush fans and that bottom pic looks like Stephen Colbert at crotch level so it’s even more funny for us.
The next day we were up early as we had a 7:30AM whale watch with the Hawaii Ocean Project. I wanted to do Trilogy as Chad and I did a Trilogy tour last year and they really are the best, or Captain Steve’s because you’re so close to the water, but for $100 for the 4 of us we couldn’t pass it up. We will do another trip hopefully towards the end of our trip and go with a different company, but HOP was really great. The weather was crappy which is why we want to do it again, and we’d just like a different experience.
Thank god this is my third trip to Maui because when we put the address for the Lahaina harbour in it told us to cut through the center of the island and then come down on the north side, also known as ‘the Road of Death’ as far as I’m concerned. Chad almost lost his testicles when he didn’t turn around on it our last trip here. He still has them because he did turn around eventually. It’s amazing what testicular threats will do. So, due to wonky directions and us NOT following them, we literally made it in the knick of time and were the last on the boat. The weather wasn’t the best, it was trickling and overcast, but we found the last bit of cover left and hunkered down.
When the sun peeked through we found a warm spot at the front of the boat, but I had to go up top for optimal photos of whales and of my family looking for whales.
You can see, the sun was trying, really trying!
I get enough rain at home, but one of the beauties of Maui is the rainbows! My friend T plays for the other team and told me it’s her peeps that keep sending them over for me. Thanks, T’s peeps!
My girl trying to protect herself from the wind and rain. She’s gorgeous no matter the weather 🙂
I was beginning to feel like we came too late in the whale season. When Chad and I were here last February you couldn’t look at the ocean without seeing a whale spout, breach, or pec fin. Finally, someone came out to say hello. It was mama and baby, which ended up being the theme for the trip.
We were wet but happy 🙂
You can’t see the other end of the rainbow in this pic but a boat was right at the end, gathering up all the gold coins we imagined.
Then, the most amazing part of the whale watch happened. This is a brand new, one week old the captain estimated because of the relaxed dorsal, practicing his breaching right in front of a rainbow! No photoshop here, just some color correction. This brought tears to my eyes. How lucky are we to witness such awesomeness.
I started chatting cameras with another mom on the boat. She had a Canon Rebel and didn’t seem worried about the wetness. My Nikon was snuggled tight into my hoody and I pulled it out at opportune moments. I have a little panasonic that I’m not that concerned about for the rest of the time. We did some family pic swaps. I got her, her hubby and two cute kids, and she got us. She used our panasonic because I had the 300mm zoom on my Nikon so she would have gotten an awesome shot of our eyeballs but not much else. At least we have a family picture!
Chad saw this pic as I was uploading them and said ‘HEY! Where was I when you were taking that picture?’ Um……he’s lucky he’s charming and makes me laugh.
I had to get a shot of the shore to show the weather patterns. It was sunny/rainy/sunny/rainy. Bipolar weather weekend on Maui, people.
We were starving! We hit up Betty’s Breakfast cafe. My facebook post showed this pic and said:
Banana Mac Nut Pancakes: $10
Million Dollar Breakfast View: Priceless
After breakfast we hit Costco since it was pouring. Traffic was slow so 3/4 of us fell asleep in the car. Thankfully the 4th didn’t fall asleep. I just had a 20 minute cat nap, the kids zonked like exhausted toddlers.
We got back, everything put away, and the sun peaked out so we walked across the street to the beach. Chad and Wheels went out to the ocean to play and I was getting anxious because they were so far out. When they finally made it back Chad told me they didn’t intend to, the riptide just pulled them. Chad used it as an opportunity to teach Wheels about the tides and how to swim parallel to them to get back to shore. After that they stuck close to the shore.
Ry enjoyed some sunshine although she kept putting her towel down in a ‘safe spot’ and laying down, then a big wave would come and sploosh her. She got two towels drenched before heading back to the condo in defeat. The weather was turning again so we weren’t far behind her.
In the meantime, I went from pasty white to eggshell on my legs so I was satisfied. We came back to the condo and had a roasted costco chicken and cesar salad for dinner. Chad passed out at 6:30, Ry at 8:15 and Wheels at 8:45. I fell asleep closer to 11pm, and was the first awake today at 5am. As I finish this up it’s 8:26 local time. Chad’s gone to the beach for a walk while I sat back with coffee and the kids are still sound asleep. The weather is crap all over the island so I think we’re going to hit up some shopping. We have family pics on Thursday and aren’t set on our outfits. The last of the severe weather warning ends today. We can’t wait to snorkel.
Mahalo for reading!