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A Funny Maui, Hawaii Volcano Day

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Aloha hoa! Our part of Maui (Kihei on the Wailea border) is as lovely as ever. Look at the color variations on this plant. Beautiful.

We headed toward Mt Haleakala yesterday. It’s the larger of two dormant volcanoes here on the island. It’s summit is about 10,000 feet above sea level. Pretty darn high in the clouds and vog. What is vog? It’s volcanic “fog” or smog that drifts to Maui from the big island of Hawaii. It consists of volcanic dust and gases. Thank you for the residual dry, intermittent cough, Mt Kilauea (the active volcano on the main island that IS always active – but is very approachable). Back to our Mt Haleakala trip . . . the vog hung atop and around the midsection the volcano. Here are a few pics of the vog, and it doesn’t move slowly like fog but very quickly.

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As we ascended the mountain, Dave’s ears popped, and I popped two Dramamine and two Ibuprofen for sinus pressure! After seeing one guy puking from his Jeep, I decided better safe than sorry. The roads were quite curvy. That combined with altitude changes from 2500′ to 10,000′ then back down again, it’s a recipe for feeling like poop if one is not careful. Add the fact that the temp at bottom was 81 degrees and was 57 and windy at the summit. Glad we took jackets with hoods.

I did see pretty trees on the excursion. Turns out, they aren’t native to the island and change soil chemistry. I speak of the Mexican Weeping Pine. It’s gorgeous, though.

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These pines are highly invasive and displace endemic and endangered species’ of other plants.

One funny sign we encountered (and believed) was this one:

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We passed it quickly as we turned a curve. I couldn’t believe my eyes. What WERE these Hookers? Native birds? Or was that what hitch hikers were called here? hitcher, hooker? I told Dave I was going to ask the park ranger when we reached the top. Thank goodness there was no ranger in sight for me to gab with. I can only imagine how THAT conversation might have played out.

“What are these Hookers I’ve heard about? Birds?”

“Excuse me, ma’am?”

“I saw a sign a ways back that hookers could be picked up in 800 feet. What’s a Hooker?”

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Okay, laugh if you must.

 

There were also NeNe geese here and there. They are the State Bird of Hawaii and make a soft sound like “Nay Nay,” so, were aptly named.

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It was a fun afternoon, and neither of us got motion sickness or a headache or fell down the side of the crater we were so close to.

Love ya!

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Maui Fun

Aloha from Maui! Yesterday, we did a bit of touristy things. We ate shaved ice with mango and pineapple flavorings (was gooood). In fact, if you see below, I didn’t take time to photograph the icy deliciousness BEFORE we ate them. 😉

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After the sweet treats, we shopped at one of my favorite local spots. I call it “my bracelet store.” I don’t even know the actual name of the place. Last year when we were here, I bought several cute hemp bracelets with peace signs on them (hence, my bracelet store). Here are pics from that cute spot. And yes, I bought more bracelets, and Dave purchased a locally carved turtle and 3 handmade soaps.

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After shopping, we drove the entire road around the North Maui coastline (on the smaller section of the island). That is an entire blog post in its self. Today? We are hitting the beach. Not sure which one. Will let you know after we have our fun in the sun and salty water day. I forgot sunscreen yesterday and ended up with a pink nose. MUST remember it today!

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Links I Love . . .

Hi, Readers!

I thought I’d share some of my favorite things. Below are some links. Are you brave enough to get to know me better? 😉

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Swimline-9058-Swimming-Pool-Sea-Saw-Rocker-Pool-Float-Lounge-Toy-/200711644704?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ebb58a620

The above is for a super cool pool toy. Wish it were big enough for me!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Huge-Judy-Lee-Chunky-Peacock-Color-Watermelon-Rhinestone-Bracelet-Earrings-/380443885220?pt=Vintage_Costume_Jewelry&hash=item589438fea4

and

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Judy-Lee-Rhinestone-Pin-Brooch-Earring-Set-Demi-Parure-6043-Gift-Box-/221050198655?pt=Vintage_Costume_Jewelry&hash=item33779e5a7f

Aboved links are for Judy Lee (vintage) jewelry on ebay. I loooove her line.

https://www.wareaglemill.com/

This is showing my fave place for beans, cornbread, coleslaw, and iced tea! YUM! Then, I can fish or swim in the War Eagle River next to the mill.

Above is my favorite movie (well, one of the top 5). Pet Sematary, by Stephen King. SCARY!  http://www.amazon.com/Pet-Sematary-Dale-Midkiff/dp/B00004W5UF/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1339983819&sr=1-2&keywords=pet+sematary+dvd

 

http://www.amazon.com/Characters-Emotion-Viewpoint-Techniques-Viewpoints/dp/1582973164/ref=sr_1_100?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1339984312&sr=1-100&keywords=writing

A favorite book on writing is above. It helped me a great deal.

 

Okay, dark chocolate ice cream is wooonderful. But, I like it harder than this melting one. 😉

Nature (water) and fishing with a cane pole and bobber and worm (or minnow).

 

 

And of COURSE baby kittens. I’ve raised several litters and could keep kittens in the house always.

What are your favorite things?