I've already established how behind in blogging I am. So I thought it might be nice to do some back blogging to make up for some of the lost time.
August of 2010 was filled with two big events for me - my 30th birthday and my 5-year wedding anniversary. My wonderful husband thought of a great way to celebrate both and surprised me with a trip to Maui for just the two of us. Isn't he wonderful! What girl doesn't want a gift like that?!
We flew in family to watch the kids, packed our bags and headed for Portland, Oregon (we lived in Washington at the time) to catch our plane and start our adventure. We landed in Maui, picked up our luggage, grabbed our rental car and drove to our condo for the week. Our fun-filled time was mostly spent sun bathing on the beach (with some Corona's in tow) or snorkeling, but we also took in a few of the sites like the Hana Highway and lava fields.
The Hana Highway winds around the island, through luscious foliage, hugging the cliffs and mountain sides. It truly is beauty to behold. Along the way, there are many pull overs and stops that make the drive even more memorable. One of these stops is Coconut Glen's Big Dumb Coconut Stand. Glen is a character, to say the least. But one thing is for sure, his coconut milk ice cream is AMAZING!
Wouldn't it be sad to travel all the way to an island made from volcanic activity and NOT go see a lava field? Seeing lava rock for miles first hand is an awe inspiring experience. But seeing goats living on the rock is even cooler! Goats aside, we could see where vegetation was starting to grow through the fields, reclaiming the land the lava had laid to waste. It was really awesome to see the land evolving before our eyes - from destruction to life.
Our week in paradise ended quickly but was very welcomed as we missed our children and couldn't wait to be with them again. I hope you enjoy the photos of our trip. They are a great reminder for us of our fun on the island!