Maui 2012 – Day Final (Nine)

Saturday 2 June. Flight leaves at 9:40pm tonight.

Fitness center 5:30am. I can’t imagine how much weight I would have gained had I NOT spent 8 of nine mornings getting a light workout while here.

One last snorkel. SWSNBN (She Who Shall Not Be Named) will lifeguard from the beach while I take a dip. (Something about hair maintenance after ocean.) We’ve done all the previous snorkels at Wailea Beach Park. Today we’re going to Ulua Beach, within sight of our hotel room. It has a low rock outcropping and the water looks shallower farther out.

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Lawd what a dome! Don’t forget the sunscreen!

The snorkeling is great. Lots of schools of fish. Not as many colors as we saw our first day last Sunday, but still it is very good. The water is 15-20 feet deep and there are shelves of rock below the surface where the fish hang out. Super.

The swamp thing emerges, satisfied with his last snorkel:

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The rest of the morning is for packing and final souvenir runs to the hotel store and Shops at Wailea. Final shots at the hotel:

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We are checked out and on the road to 10,000′ Haleakala Crater before noon. (It’s a crater formed by erosion, not volcanic activity, though there are volcano domes in its basin. Just so we’re clear on that.) Gassing up I find we will have put over 500 miles on the Caddy by the end of our visit.

We stop at the Kula Lodge and Marketplace on the way up. Nice store and excellent arts and crafts.

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It is pleasantly cooler at elevation as we drive through grassy ranch country with horses and cattle. The road curves rival the Road to Hana. Eventually the tree-line abruptly quits and we are in scrub brush and highway. The clouds we saw from below and feared might obscure views from the summit are soon BELOW us. It is sunny with views to die for. You can even see the narrow neck of Maul with the east and west coast on each side.

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Soon we are at the visitor center near the summit. It is 2pm and they close at 3 so we have time to browse all the information. At least we know where we are.

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Next stop is the summit near the out of bounds observatories, which among other duties track some 8,000 man-made objects in the skies.

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It is VERY cool and breezy up here.

Don’t forget the beautiful Silversword plant.

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On the way down the mountain we stop at Kula Marketplace for a small coffee and a slight wardrobe change before dinner at Mama’s Fish House just south of Paia. Mama’s is a superb finish for our stay in Maui.

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M’lady has a glass of pinot noir. I have a glass of Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse Chardonnay, served very cold at the table from a new bottle. It gains in flavor as it warms. We are served bread and a small cup of warm, light curry-flavored soup.

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For an appetizer we share the Wasabi Crusted Calamari which we also sampled on our previous visit.

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“Guess who’s coming to dinner?” (Movie title.) “Say hello to my little friend.” (Al Pacino – Scarface.) Leonard the lizard puts in an appearance and keeps us amused. He doesn’t eat much.

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Next the main course:

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Dinner is served:

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Madam has the light and flaky Papio:

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I have the moist and more meaty Opah:

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Both are delicious.

As if we need an excuse (“it’s our last night”) we have a look at the desert menu:

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Madam has Tahitian Vanilla Bean ice cream (reminds her of what grandpa used to make by hand):

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I have Passion Fruit, Lemon/Lime sorbet (puts a pucker in my smile):

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Eventually we are outside and looking back at our special dining room window, waving goodby to Leonard:

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On to the airport, turn in the rental, navigate check-in and security, none of which are too bad. Eventually we are on the plane for the overnight non-stop to Colorado. I watch a REALLY bad movie, John Carter (from Mars) (and I love sci-fi) and get some shut-eye.

Happy trails.

[Thanks for viewing my Maui post(s) and ‘liking’ if you did. Perhaps now I’ll have time to view and ‘like’ you back. I know the posts got shorter in verbiage near the end. ‘Dis bloggin’ on vacation is hard work!
All Maui posts were written on iPad2 with a Zagg Logitech keyboard using the WordPress iPad app. All photos were taken with a mundane but pocketable Canon ELPH100HS. You get the picture.]

The obligatory sunset, Colorado style:

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About JohnRH

Retired, avid winter skier, avid reader, traveler (avidly). :)
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