We've been home a week. It has taken us this long to recover from jet lag. A friend told me that it takes about a day for every time zone difference. That is about how it worked for me. There were a couple nights I couldn't fall asleep until 3 am. But Thursday night, I went to bed at 10, fell asleep easily and sleep well. I will admit I drank a cup of SleepyTime tea beforehand. I'm sure it helped some.
Back to Maui. We explored the southern edge of the island our first day. In the morning Trisha, Blake and I took a walk on the beach. It think Ed and Kristin were exercising. Wailea beach on the bigger side compared to some of the beaches. It was about 100 yards or so, bounded at each end by lava rocks. The rocks were great for snorkeling. A lot of fish and turtles hang out around them. The sand at this beach was powdery. It was so soft on the feet. Great for exfoliating the feet.
Later that day we went out to Makena state park to see the site of the last volcanic eruption on Maui. In 1790 an eruption occurred that created an even flow crater. In the picture below, you can see the layers from the lava flow.
The cinder cone wasn't very high, only about 360 feet. Ed and Blake considered climbing it until they touched the lava. It is very crumbly. Signs warn of the dangers of climbing. I'm glad they decided against it. The erosion of the cinder has created a black sand beach. The sand was coarser than the tan sand on Wailea beach. And obviously a lot hotter to walk on! As with all Maui beaches, large lava rocks border the beach. Here we are on some of the rocks. Fortunately we didn't try to navigate around the rocks. We later learned that a nude beach was just around the corner.
From black sand beach we went further down to Big Beach. Big Beach deserves its name for two reasons. First, it stretches farther than any other beach on the south shore. Second, the surf there is treacherous. The shore break is large there. The waves come crashing and can easily knock a person over. The life guards announced several times over a loud speaker about the dangers of being in the water. We had a relaxing afternoon, but stayed out of the water mostly.
Our second full day on Maui was low key. Kristin wasn't feeling well so we decided to just hang out at the condo for the day. We did get down to the pool. It was the only time we all swam at the condo's pool. I wished we had done that more. Later in the day we visited the Shoppes of Wailea and then went out to dinner.
The third day was our trip along the Road to Hana. I covered that in the previous post.
July 4 was spent snorkeling at Wailea beach and then a luau. I think Ed was a little skeptical about the luau at first. In the end, everyone enjoyed it.
Kalua pig was prepared in an imu.
It was then ceremoniously presented to the guests.
We were given leis.
Had delicious food to eat.
And watched a show which told of the settling of the Hawaiian islands.
On a note about Maui cuisine, I noticed some things are very common: sweet breads, macaroni salad and banana bread. They do love their carbs!