For starters our flight from Portland was delayed two hours, so add that to the fact that we got to the airport two hours early made for a very leisurely breakfast once we got through security. As airports go, Portland's is very nice. The flight was wrought with turbulence and half an hour into the flight the young gentleman behind us got quite ill all over the back of our seats and the blanket that I quickly threw over our heads. The stewardess graciously took it from me and returned with a fresh one. So we had the smell to deal with all the rest of the trip.
It was raining when we arrived on Maui, but at least it was a warm rain. Our first stop after picking up the rental car was Costco, conveniently located across the road from the airport. They had my single malt Scotch for a very reasonable price, my shopping was done but willingly pushed the cart while MeMa purchased things like prepared salads, sun screen, orange juice.....such a practical woman. Then it was off to Sugar Beach Resort were we had a lovely beach front condo on the third floor.
|Living room with double doors onto the lanai, which we kept open day and night.|
|Third floor looking down on the pool area|
|The view from our lanai|
|Our first photo on the tour "Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees"|
|One of many waterfalls|
|Ten of the cutest little piggies on Black Sand Beach|
|Half drowned but so much fun! We were the only two from the bus that made the hike down to the "Seven Pools"|
|Can you tell which one is real?|
|After arriving back to the resort we had a a relaxing meal and watched the sunset. |
Regardless of the weather we started out with, Maui was wonderful and we plan on a return trip although probably not over Christmas. Here are some shots of how they decorate there.
|Christmas tree with plumaria blossoms|
|My favorite....wood carving of a Humpback Whale|
We also went on a sunset whale cruise, drinks and pupu's provided.
|Our first visitors turned out to be a mother, her calf and an escort.|
When the humpbacks visit the Islands they don't feed, they are only there to breed and give birth.
|"Spy Hop" using his head like a periscope to check us out|
|Catlaya 'Burana Beauty'|
|Dendrobium 'spectabile' a very unusual species orchid native to Ghana|