Here is the link for my first podcast, which is about the vacation we took in February 2014 to Maui.
Transcript and Show Notes:
Hi this is Kathy and this is a podcast about our awesome Maui vacation. We were there for 10 days in February, 2014.
We got up early one morning (2:30 a.m.) to drive approximately 2 hours to the Haleakala to view the sunrise. What a crazy thing to do, right, getting up at that unholy hour on our vacation to look at a sunrise? Well, it was worth it.
The Haleakala Crater is almost 11,000 feet above sea level. According to gohawaii.com, Haleakala means “house of the sun” and, legend has it that the demigod Maui lassoed the sun from its journey across the sky as he stood on the volcano’s summit, slowing its descent to make the day last even longer.
We arrived at our destination about 4:30 a.m. and had about an hour wait before first light. We were above the clouds The sunrise was absolutely spectacular. What a treat to see it at almost 11,000 feet! To see it rise above the clouds was stunning. Rarely, even in Calgary with our proximity to the mountains, would we have an opportunity to view a sunrise at that height, unless one was traveling by airplane. My husband and I both took plenty of pictures and got some great shots. My favorite shot was of a bank of clouds, pillowy softness.
Boy though was it cold. We’d been warned of the cold in advance by friends of ours who’d gone the previous year. Packing winter clothes for a tropical vacation struck me as somewhat ironic, but pack them we did, and were grateful to have them. Despite wearing three layers on top and two on the bottom as well as gloves and a hat, I was freezing. Heck, I thought, I’m from Calgary, I know cold. I shivered uncontrollably as the wind and humidity sliced through all my layers.
After the sunrise, we meandered down the volcano to have our second breakfast. Then, on to the Lavender farm where there are several species of lavender growing there. The lavender was just starting to bloom and the air was slightly fragrant. We wondered around for about an hour. There were other local species of flowers growing and I took many pictures.
We eventually made our way back to our condo after lunch and took a nap.
We took a snorkel trip on a catamaran with a group of folks to the Island of Molokini. There were not many fish in the area; however, we were very privileged to see several humpback whales, including a baby humpback whale with its mom. The captain spotted these whales well enough in advance to cut the engine on the boat and we coasted close to them. He cautioned us to be very quiet, saying this is a rare opportunity. We watched in silence (except for the clicking of the cameras) as mom and baby loped along just ahead of our boat.
We actually saw quite a few whales as our condo was located right on the ocean. One day, my husband even spotted sea turtles hanging out.
My husband and I love coffee. We enjoyed samples at a tasting at Maui Grown Coffee in Lahaina. As the name implies, this is locally grown coffee. Another highlight was our self directed coffee farm tour at kanaapali coffee farms. Coffee bushes were in bloom and the air was fragrant. We parked the car and walked over to a treehouse-style lookout where we could survey the entire region, right down to the ocean. According to kanaapali coffee farms website, this land used to be a sugar cane plantation. Now it is comprised of smaller coffee farms. When Ka‘anapali Coffee Farms was started, four varieties of coffee were identified that grew well on Maui and produced a high quality bean.
You can own a piece of this coffee farm paradise. 4 – 7 acre parcels are available. Coffee is grown on your land but you won’t have to lift a finger – local farmers grow, harvest and market the coffee grown. With the cheapest lot listed for $560,000, as awesome as this sounds, it’s not going to be part of our paradise anytime soon unfortunately.
Our vacation also included beach time, great local food, wonderful jazz at a piano bar in Wailea, and several trips to buy shaved ice – a lovely refreshing concoction of ice and flavored syrup.
Hope you enjoyed some of the highlights of our vacation. Thanks for listening.
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