Hana and Hula

After a few days of laying low, hiking, pulling weeks and afternoons at the beach, we’ve had a lot of excitement the last couple of days! On Thursday we drove the “road to Hana” which is the only way around the Haleakala volcano to the far western coast and a place called Hana. First of all the road is famous for its 400+ narrow switchbacks and 50+ one lane bridges. You can but t-shirts with slogan “I survived the road to Hana” but it isn’t really that bad. And the backside of the volcano is …

West Maui

Today we went to the west side of the island, to the older volcano that has eroded a lot more and is just spectacular. We went to iao needle, a famous formation, and the walking up the valley along the stream. Our friend says that the haleakala crater that we visited a few days ago, and the valley today are the two holiest places on the island, and you can feel the different energies. The Haleakala crater feels very airy, arid, and harsh while the valley is very lush and feels more full. The iao …

Haleakala

Today we have moved from an apartment in the isthmus (Maui is made up of two volcanoes, one very old and the other currently dormant, and an isthmus between them) to a sweet little log cabin on the side of the bigger, dormant volcano called Haleakala. The cabin is at 4000 ft (as high above sea level as Mt Mansfield) with uninterrupted hiking up to the top at 10,023 feet!! There is a famous observatory at the top as well as an Air Force base. This book I’m reading about it claims that the scientific …

Aloha

We started the trip right, with free beer at the hotel in Syracuse where we left our car (good show, comfort suites!) and dress shopping for my brothers wedding. And then at 2:00 this morning a wind storm came through that made the vent in the bathroom slam continually and then the hotel lost power. Strange thing, being in a hotel with the lights out…no elevators, no key codes… But anyway we got the van to the airport and after a looong but uneventful day of being in planes we have arrived in Maui!
Our friend …

It’s really real!

I’ve left my job. Gave away my cat (to a loving friend). And┬áSaturday I sold my car. It’s really real now.
Goodbye Saab!
I’m about to take off on a trip. Yes I have a plan, I have googled and read many lonely planet guides and set airplane ticket price alerts. But I’m also getting ready to trust my intuition. ┬áMy friend Hannah was recently telling me about the first time she went abroad; she says that looking back she was a different person because while in a strange place you feel more and trust yourself more. …