I'm linking up again with the DC trifecta, Courtney @ Eat, Pray, Run DC, Mar @ Mar on the Run, and Cynthia @ at You Signed Up For What?!, for the Friday Five. So here are 5 of the best parts of our trip (of course there were hundreds of awesome parts, but that would be one long post) to Maui.
Of course my top pick would have to be our second stop on the road to Hana (a more detailed post will follow next week).
We hiked through the rain forest and came upon a gorgeous, very secluded waterfall.
When I was looking around & taking pictures, Ryan pulled a little black box out of this back pack, got on his knee, and asked me to marry him! I was taken completely by surprise, but it explained why he kept carrying his back pack with him, when everything we needed was in my bag!
This guy has *great* taste in rings!
The sunset here takes your breath away, it is so beautiful. Every night is has been so different. Different colors and cloud patterns.
We went on a snorkeling excursion early in the week specifically to see the dolphins. The company we went through boasted a 95% sighting rate. The ride out to the snorkel site - no dolphins. The rough ride back which included 5 ft high waves - no dolphins. Then out of nowhere, where we came into calmer waters, there they were....a pod of 200+ spinners, putting on a show for us, despite the fact that they were "sleeping" (they are nocturnal). I didn't catch a photo of the spinning, but believe me, it was pretty spectacular to see them in their own environment and to see so many. Again, breathtaking.
Nakalele Blowhole and Heart Rock
We drove up to the north west coast of Maui on Wednesday because I wanted to see these two sights. I think we were both pretty blown away by what we saw. The blowhole was in magnificent form; spouting 20-30 feet (a guesstimate) at a time as we had hit high tide.
It was a windy and precarious hike down to see it close up and there were many warning signs that this was no waterpark.
In the interesting lava formations lie multiple tide pools that housed some fish. barnacles and lots of crabs.
Heart Rock was just as impressive.
Our adventure on the road back from Hana.
We took the "back" way so we wouldn't have to backtrack on the 600+ turns in the road. The south side of the island is much, much different than any other part. The roads were pretty treacherous in places. We asked several locals about the safety of going this way, and were assured we'd be fine. Luckily, we were. It was over and hour before we saw another car! The road was bumpy, gravel in some spots, and one lane around a lot of the turns which was really nerve racking. Yet, we got to see a side of the island that few see. It was pretty barren in spots as it was basically the back of the dormant volcano, but there were stunning cliffs and the cloud pattern over the crater was pretty amazing. One the way back, the sunset was even a lot different. It was definitely an adventure we won't soon forget.
Have you ever been to Hawaii?? What was your favorite part?