|High stress living|
I sat in the shade most of the time and watched the whales. Never a dull moment for me.
We took a day to drive the Road to Hana. The actual distance is something like 60 miles but it took us more than four hours to drive it. We stopped frequently along the way and due to the curves, we could only travel at maybe 20-25 mph most of the way.
While there were breathtaking sights along the way as these photos attest, there were also long stretches when you saw only the curves of the road and the dense jungle like foliage on each side.
We did stop for fresh banana bread at one place and it was still warm. I think that was a highlight of the road trip. Now that we've made this trek, I don't think it is something I'd repeat. We left our cottage at 7:30 a.m. and we got back home around 5 p.m.
We couldn't go to Maui and not take a whale watching trip. We booked an outing with the Pacific Whale Foundation on a rigid bottomed raft. The raft held a maximum of 31 people and we were down near water level for the trip. There were humpback whales everywhere!! The strait between the islands of Maui, Lanai and Molokai is a primary breeding and calving location for humpbacks. Thousands of them come there every winter. In the summer they travel back to Alaska to feed. They do not feed at all while in the Hawaiian waters.
|Coming back into Lahaina Harbor|
This was our second trip to Hawaii and I loved it. The trip itself is a real bummer due to the length of it, though. If you've never been, I'd highly recommend saving the pennies and going there at least once in your life.
Y'all take care.