maui (days 5-8)

I can't believe we've been here for over a week.  I guess time flies when you're in paradise!On Sunday we drove around the North part of the island.  We went to Lahaina (and saw a Princess ship tendered there) and walked around.  After Christmas I will share what we found there. Then we went to the Maui Brewing Co. for lunch.  After lunch we drove the rest of the way around the North part of the island.  It was a narrow windy road (as most roads around here appear to be).  We stopped at the Olivine Pools, supposedly a good swimming spot, but it was windy and not good swimming weather. Our guidebook told us that flip flops were "not recommended" for the hike down to the pool.  We were pretty proud of ourselves for making it safely down and back up in our flip flops with no trouble! Part of the road was pretty sketchy.  Like a one lane road with hairpin turns uphill, a cliff on one side and a rock face on the other.  I don't have any good photos of the road because there really wasn't any place to stop without being in severe danger of getting rear ended. Monday was another day at the beach.  We found a good snorkeling beach that pretty much no one goes to.  There was one other family there when w e got there, but that's it!  John went snorkeling while I sat on the beach and read. Tuesday we drove the road to Hana.  After driving all of the other narrow, windy roads this island has to offer, it wasn't much of a surprise.  We stopped just outside of Hana and had roadside plate lunch of Huli Huli chicken.  It was delicious! We stopped at a beach along the way to check out the surf.  It was pretty big and impressive. My favorite part of the drive is when the road heads back onto the dry part of the island (most of it goes through the wet part), and the back side of Haleakala. Today we spent another day at the beach.  First we went to the snorkeling beach, but then it got windy and John wanted to boogie board so we went to the good boogie boarding beach, but then it got so windy that it was painful to be at the beach (blowing sand) and we came home. A dilapidated sand castle And yet another photo of John starting off into the distance (there are tide pools and turtles over there)