Aloha! Part 4 - Riding the Waves...and Returning to the Mainland
|Mr. T in Lahaina Harbor - Day 6 - Ready to Sail!|
|Honu - The Hawaiian Sea Turtle|
|Got all the equipment? Check! Let's snuba!!|
Snuba is a cross between snorkeling (where you wear a mask for viewing underwater, with a short breathing tube, which means you have to stay close to the surface to get air) and scuba diving (where you have to obtain certification to use air tanks underwater). With snuba, you are "tethered" to a floating air tank by 20 feet of air tubing, meaning you can do shallow diving without worrying about the tank...or without going through the certification process.
Now, I always loved Sea Hunt when I was younger (much, much younger...:)...the original series starring Lloyd Bridges as diver Mike Nelson. Always thought I'd like to scuba dive, but have never taken the time to take any classes or obtain certification. This seemed like an easy compromise. And, we "knew" it was meant to be since Lloyd's son Jeff was actually a fellow passenger on the Chicago to LA leg of our trip to Maui! A sign!!
|Is that Mike Nelson?|
|Ooh! I see lots of fishes!!|
|Mr. T chills out to some tunes on Lana'i|
|Patricia on the Trilogy I return voyage|
Then, back on the Trilogy I for the sunset cruise back to Lahaina. Even though we had little wind, the crew hoisted the beautiful spinaker for our sailing pleasure (photo, right). And, we were thrilled to see a couple of the flying dolphins as we neared the harbor. A lovely afternoon and evening.
|Red skies on return cruise at sunset|
|Mr. T makes a big splash|
I also enjoyed the special Art Tour of the grounds of our lovely resort, conducted by one of the Artists in Residence. The Grand Wailea is home to the largest corporate art collection in Hawaii, featuring the works of legendary artists including Botero (photo, right), Leger, and Chihuly...whose glass sculptures we'd seen at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens a couple of years ago.
|Our last sunset on Maui...taken from Humu|
|I wouldn't want to meet this guy in the ocean!|
Our flights home were l-o-n-g, and thankfully uneventful. Still, neither of us could manage more than a cat-nap on any of the 3 flights (Maui to LAX to DFW to RDU). I knitted most of the way and listened to two audio-books. Mr. T. finished up one book he was reading and got a good start on another he'd purchased at Border's just as we were leaving Kahului for the airport. By the time our heads touched our own pillows in our own bed in HPNC, we had been awake nearly 30 hours straight...and coherent thought was becoming a challenge for both of us. The toughest part? That last 90 minute drive from Raleigh to High Point! Excruciating.
Would we do it all over again? You betcha! Would we do anything differently? Possibly add another day or two in order to see the North Shore (Kaanapali and Napili), which we missed. But, we can always say we were saving something for our next trip to Maui!