Thursday, August 16, 2007

Aloha from Maui - Post 4

The last two days have been pretty restful here at our retirement (oops, cat out of the bag?) condo on the beach. Our days have been mostly sleep-eat-drive-snorkel-drive-eat-shop-drive-nap-pool-blog-drive-eat-drive-sleep. Recycle again tomorrow.

We spent Saturday morning relaxing at the condo - Linda slept in, I surfed the Internet, watched TV and read my book. We went to Whaler's Village in Ka'anapali for lunch at the Food Court (big spender, eh?) and Linda went shopping, while I visited the Whaler's Museum - a free museum with interesting history, pictures and stories, then we had an ice cream and went back to the condo.

Saturday was Joanie and Ray's last day, but their plane didn't leave until midnight, so they came to our condo and changed their clothes, and then we shared a dinner at the Sands of Kahana restaurant near our condo. We talked a bit more about how they met, Ray's ancestry and all of our life experiences. We really enjoyed seeing them and sharing meals and stories with them.

On Sunday, Linda and I went snorkeling in the morning down at Kahikeli Beach, near the Whalers Village in Ka'anapali. The beach had shade trees and a fairly easy access to the water. We snorkeled for awhile then sat in the shade and watched people on the sand and in the water. Then we went to the Rusty Harpoon for lunch, stopped by the Haagen Daz store for an ice cream cone, did a little shopping, and headed back to the condo for our naps and pool time.
That evening, we decided to go back to Whalers Village and eat at Leilani's on the Beach. Afterward, we watched the sun go down, but the distant clouds didn't create the desired "fantastic" Hawaii sunset that you see on postcards (that hasn't happened in 5 sunsets yet on this trip).

Here is Linda outside of Leilani's - we ate on the second floor with a view of the beach and the walkway along the beach.

This is the best sunset picture I have - that is Molokai in the background to the right, and Lanai to the left, of the setting sun. We saw no green flashes!

On the way back to the car, I spotted an "old map" store. I figured it would have just Hawaii maps, but it turned out that it had prints on canvas from public domain historical maps, like those found in the Library of Congress collection. They had several large prints of maps of San Diego and San Francisco, so we bought several to put a finishing touch on our newly painted walls at home (we have a "San Francisco room" and a "San Diego room" in our house now).

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