Organized Fun

1 07 2012

I grew up in a household that went on family vacations every summer.  And before we stepped outside our door, all 5 of us were armed with an itinerary that scheduled out every minute of our trip.  From wake up time, to travel time, to meal times, to bed time and everything in between.  There was never a reason why you shouldn’t know exactly where you should be, and what the day would bring.  We even had scheduled shopping and beach time.  ORGANIZED FUN

Now, I’m not saying that with all of the travel that we do, I have itineraries for all of the adventures that we find ourselves in.  But, the older I get, the more I realize that I absorbed a lot more of the ‘Organized Fun’ way of thinking than I thought.

Wheels out and on the landing strip.  We arrived in Maui.  Although equipped with not much more than a car rental reservation number and an address for the hotel, it didn’t take me long to find the ‘Ultimate Driving Guide to Maui’, a ‘Best of’ Guide and a food guide.  Really, what more do you need?  I think I had prepped myself before our bags even arrived.

We couldn’t do much more than crawl into bed after making our way to the hotel at midnight, but once the light started streaming through our window at 5am…..Let the FUN begin.

Maui Sunrise from Hotel Wailea

A road map and a driving playlist.   That’s all we needed for Maui Day #1.

After getting a little carried away at the first scenic overlook (Nathan ventured down to the water, while I pointed at yellow fish that I could see in the water from above) we made our way North of the Wailea area, and along the coast past Kihei, Lahaina, and Kaanapali.

We may have strayed a little off the beaten track of the scenic overlook fence

We stopped for a beachside lunch and a dip in the water at the map described ‘everything that you would picture a beach to be’ Kapalua Beach.  In all of our excitement we didn’t seem to take a picture of this ‘perfect’ beach.  No worries though, it was only the first day and the beaches seemed to raise the bar every time we went to a different one.

A quick dip at Kapalua Beach

And then we came upon Honolua Bay.  Beautiful.  Everything that you would picture Maui to be and everything that you would want in a snorkeling area.

Honolua Bay

After blowing past the Nakalele Blowhole and playing chicken on the one lane windy road, it was 3pm.  And although not on the itinerary, it was Nap Time.  Back to the hotel….as hard as it is to ignore the beauty at Hotel Wailea.

Hotel Wailea: Surroundings & View

I slept for 14 hours that night – too much fun the last couple days I guess.  But Nathan did wake me up long enough to enjoy a little bit of our first sunset in Maui.

Maui Sunset from Hotel Wailea

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8 responses

1 07 2012
Krystle Callaway

I love Maui, it’s such a beautiful island.

2 07 2012
tracilee

It was great Krystle! I agree with your travel list too – St. John was gorgeous

2 07 2012
Lissa Rabon

Oh my gosh! You guys are having a blast! Can’t take a bad pic of waves crashing on the coast of a magnificent island…well done.

2 07 2012
tracilee

So true Lissa. I don’t think you can take a bad photo of Maui.

2 07 2012
cravesadventure

Loving your photos:) Happy Monday!

2 07 2012
tracilee

Thanks! Happy Monday to you too!

2 07 2012
Northern Pixel Photography

Looks like you had an awesome trip. Honolua is definitely one of our favorites as well. Such an amazing place.

3 07 2012
tracilee

It was a great week. We ended up going back to Honolua twice for snorkeling – it was amazing and ended up seeing 5 sea turtles there.

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