One of the most important things to NOT DO prior to embarking on a five month trip is to stay up after midnight playing cards with your grand daughter (who wins anyway) two nights in a row, and then go to an SMU basketball game (even if they are undefeated)and then go to a friends home for after game cocktails getting to bed at 1:30 prior to a 5 AM wake up call to catch a flight to Maui. But we did it anyway; It was a blast!
Karen does the packing of the suitcases and she has it pretty much down pat.All that we will require until we return stateside in May is in two medium checked bags, two carry on bags, and the document briefcase. In these bag are all medical needs for six months, clothing for the several climates we will visit and even formal wear for dress up nights.
Our first destination is the Hawaiian Island of Maui where we will spend the first month our journey this year.We are staying this time in another VRBO vacation home on the beach in Kihei about a half hour south of the Maui airport. Kihei is pronounced “Key-Hay. Hawaiian words are similar to Swedish in that you have to try it first and then wait for the locals to burst out laughing as you butcher their languages.
It is equipped with a balcony overlooking the pool and the Pacific Ocean which is perfectly suited for cocktail hour and sunset watching.
One of the top things on our bucket list for Maui was to do the bike ride down Haleakala Volcano. We are avid cyclists and this was a must! There are many different companies from whom you can book this tour wherein they haul you in a van to the top and then one of the guides leads you down while the other guide drives the van and screens cars protecting your rear as you ride the bikes downhill for roughly 6500 feet over 20+ miles. We selected Maui Easy Riders as they were by far the highest rated tour company in Trip Advisor, which we use extensively .Their equipment is first rate, their attention to safety is outstanding, and the owners, Billy and Billy are hilarious.
It tends to be a bit chilly at 10,000 feet so you dress appropriately and peel off layers as you go down the slope. The road is well paved and with a fairly wide bike lanes in most places.What you will not see here are photos I took while cycling down sometime 30+ MPH; I was holding on. The first two or three hairpin turns were a bit of an adrenaline rush but after you get used to the bikes it flows and goes. If you are an alpine skier, imagine a 25 mile long, well groomed, double diamond slope!
The views from the top of Haleakala are stunning!
Which is why NASA placed their equipment to track all of some 8000 pieces of stuff that mankind has place into orbit above our world. Some of the best things to see are always natural though. This is a beautiful example of a silversword.
The next post will cover a marvelous sailboat ride on the “Scotch Mist II” a superb yacht that won the Victoria to Lahaina race in 1982 by more than 24 hours.