Monday, February 9, 2009

2006 Maui and Tahoe in the Fall




May of 2006 found us in Maui for 10 days. We went with my son and his girlfriend to celebrate my son's graduation from UCSD. I was very excited about going with my son's girlfriend. They had been dating for several months, but we didn't really know her all that well. With their busy lives and schedules, we just hadn't had the opportunity to spend that much time with her. I'm so glad that we had that time together. I can honestly say that we fell in love with her in Maui.

We stayed at the Shores of Maui in Kihea. We had a great view of the ocean out of our front windows:




One of the first days we were there we drove through 617 curves, over 56 one lane bridges, past pineapple fields, cliffs, bamboo jungles, waterfalls, tropical streams, pools and flowers on the Road to Hana. This road has one of two reactions, you love it or you hate it. We loved it. Here are just a few pictures of the amazing scenery we saw on that drive:

Black Lava rocks and pristine black sand beaches:



We hiked to secret waterfalls:


Looking back at the windy road:

We took a snorkel trip to Molokini. The fish were amazing, but it was very crowded. The weather was little less than perfect too, but we still had fun.

One day we visited KUKA'EMOKU commonly known as the Iao Needle, a 2250 foot peak which legend says is the home of the Hawaiian God of the ocean. It was beautiful, lush and green:


We had some friends staying in Maui at the same time as we were and we met up with them for a Luau at the Royal Lahaina Resort. It was a rainy evening and the luau was outdoors, so they gave us some really thin little ponchos. They totally stuck to us like siran wrap. We still had a great time and the food and entertainment were fun:

One morning Hubby and I went up to the top of Haleakala Crater. You can see all the way to the Big Island of Hawaii from the top. Part of the time we were looking down on the clouds:




We all enjoyed the Sea Turtles:





The beaches:




And the amazing sunsets:


10 days went quickly and before we knew it we had to go home. Total cost of the trip for 10 days....$3874.00
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The fall of 2006 Hubby and I had the opportunity to stay at the Kingsbury at Tahoe condos in Lake Tahoe. We were on the 6th floor with a view of the entire Carson Valley:


We went to celebrate our anniversary. We spent the cool, crisp days hiking, shopping, visiting family in Reno and relaxing.







8 days in 'our place' $804.00. Next year, Oahu and Kauai with our daughter and her family.

3 comments:

Jon said...

Can we go back yet?

Ginny said...

Just tell me when to be at the airport!

heather said...

That was such a fun trip. I'm all for going back!!!