After watching the fireworks in Boston on the 4th, Adam and I took off on a jetplane to the wonderfully relaxing world of Maui. Lots of champagne was poured in first class on the way there :) We decided not to plan too much of the trip and play it by ear once we got there. The first day we slept in, ate a good breakfast, explored the Marriott compound and got 2 good chairs at the adult pool that overlooked the ocean. It was blissful. We had pina coladas, nachos, and got some quality reading and swimming in. It wasn't until we got back to the hotel room that we realized how sunburned we actually were - red as lobsters - completely cooked. The sun in Maui is incredibly strong and the gorgeous warm (not hot) temperature and perfect, constant breeze only helped us to bake the whole time we were out there. Note for future Maui-goers...don't wear 15 while in Maui. Having the sunburns limited our activities for the next couple of days so we decided to drive into Kahului to the Kmart, bought some stronger sunblock, some snorkel gear, and some hats. We then drove the "road to Hana' in our red Mustang convertible, put the top down when we felt brave (and put it back up when our shoulders were feeling too much sun). The drive was gorgeous - we bought a tourist CD that explained the highlights of the drive. For anyone that hasn't taken this drive before, it's incredibly windy and many times it's only wide enough for one car so we'd have to take turns with cars driving the opposite direction.
We took a 2 and half hour volcano tour in a 9-seater plane. We flew around Maui and headed over to the Big Island. The pilot made sure folks on both sides of the plane had a chance to spot lava so we were all glad we had our seatbelts on tight. One lady in the front had to use an 'aloha bag' and like the pilot said when we were boarding...'if we have to use the bag, take our alohoa with us.' I luckily didn't have to use the bag but only because i took a short nap to settle my stomach :) Adam has a short video as proof of me passed out. We only saw a little bit of red lava but the views of the waterfalls and volcanos were awesome.
We went to a luau - the weather was gorgeous and the sunset couldn't have been better (they were gorgeous every night). Adam and I decided that the pigs at the BC Ronald Regan Annual Pig Roast pigs taste much much better. The entertainment was great, you'll see some pics below and at the end they had all the honeymooners and those celebrating their anniversaries to come up and slow dance...awwww ;) it was sweet.
We topped off our trip with a snorkeling trip to Molokini Crater and saw some very colorful fish, some big, some small, and all of them couldn't have cared less that we were there...Parrot fish, Butterfly fish to name a couple. When we were snorkeling at our beach, we even saw an octopus! From Molokini, the boat took us to Turtle City and we spotted a few sea turtles while on the boat and when we were in the water, we got to swim next to one! They move so slow - it was an incredible sight.
Our trip was too short to say the least - 8 days in Maui isn't long enough. We have some great memories and were glad that we didn't wait to take our honeymoon. We were thankful for the days to relax, to be disconnected from work, and to not have to discuss actually planning the wedding. Our engagement was a year and a half so we'd been talking 'wedding talk' for quite some time...it was nice to only care about where we were going to eat, what we were going to drink, and to not have to set an alarm clock. Enjoy the pics - there were too many to include and yes, lots of 'honeymoon shots' with only one of us in most of them at a time...oh well...it was perfect.
**Forgot to add in here the first time that Adam and I got head colds while in Maui - yes, head colds. Our bodies realized we weren't running on adrenaline anymore and thought 'hey, now seems like a great time to get sick'. So we took some dayquil and some nyquil for a couple of days and rented a cabana for a whole day and swam, ate, and read. Now if you had to get sick, that was the way to fight through it.**