Was replying to a post by dbHost about insulation, and decided to continue on in my blog. Right now my personal insulation consists of my shorts and a T-shirt, both only for modesty. Sitting on the lanai (balcony or porch) looking at the ocean about 10-15 yards away, light trade winds, drinking coffee, and relaxing 7:15 AM here, partly cloudy, supposed to clear today according to the local Weather Underground. We are in the lee of mountains on the north west smaller part of Maui, and this area is the clearest place on Maui, generally. It’s one of the reasons we have come here so many times, very little rain. Sherie is on her usual morning sojourn to Starbuck’s in Kihei, a few miles away, for her chocolate milk (she calls it a mocha, but she has them minimize the coffee, put a lot of whipped cream on it, and I find it indistinguishable from chocolate milk). Sherie’s mother, Shirley, usually walks the beach just as it becomes light. Mychelle, Sherie’s handicapped daughter, age 30, sacks in. I will walk the beach for a mile or more each way a couple times each day. Hence, I will end up with a good sun tan. At about 0800hrs, we will go fast walking for about an hour.
I am drinking some French press generated coffee, from Starbuck’s house blend we bought when buying groceries at the Safeway in Kihei yesterday, there is a nearby stand alone Starbucks. I bring along my metal and plastic, very well built, Starbucks French press. Using their house blend, I make coffee, perhaps best described as caustic. I don’t think methamphetamine has much on my coffee, and I am always afraid the feds will bust me as a narc.
Ahhhh, the sun is just peeking over Haleakala at this moment, Haleakala being the the large extinct volcano,10,023 feet high that comprises the larger southeastern section of Maui. Maui is shaped like a lopsided dumbbell. I do believe this is going to be a beautiful day. It is 71 degrees now, and it will rise into the low 80’s with a steady light breeze. For those of you into geography, we are situated on Maalaea Bay, on the ocean, in a line up of condo buildings, which stop when they butt up against a small municipal park/beach, beyond which runs a 3 mile stretch of wildlife refuge beach down to Kihei with no buildings on the beach at all. Wonderful walking.
Well got to get some more coffee, move the computer out of the sun, and get ready to go walking. I will try to get some photos later today, no promises, I sink into decadence, slobbery, indecisiveness, and mental torpor while here on Maui.
-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska