Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #8: Maui - Day 8 - More photos and phun

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 01-16-2010 12:36 AM 2713 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We have been lolling around, occasionally venturing out to various parts of Maui. Been trying to maintain the LJ book list, which I have, but can’t upload it for technical reasons. May have a work around, we’ll see.

So since you asked for more pictures, here they are. Remember, this is just relaxation time for us here, we don’t try to do much exciting. Trying to get some kind of picture of a whale for Dennis’s daughter in Denmark, but not much luck. Whales yes, but no photo opportunities…...

Wandering the beach, a daily thing…......looking at clouds…....

...and more clouds…......

We go fast walking every day, in a packed sand area just over the dunes from the beach, a foundation of a long forgotten sugar mill is there….....filled with graffiti, but with an apology in the form of a dedication….....

...a view of those background hills….....

...and a few smokestacks of a local power plant….......

This little guy thought if he held still, I might not notice him, as he blended in…....

We took a trip around the northwest end of the island… is a view of the neighboring island of Molokai. As you can see, everything is built on volcanic rock on Maui…......

Stopped for a picnic lunch…....caught Sherie, my wife, as she dared me to take her picture, she hates to have her picture taken…....

Saw a sentinel, in the form of a bird, obviously watching and guarding something….........

And I found out what he was guarding…...some ancient runes. They obviously spelled out something of importance to the ancient inhabitants. Accosting a passing native Hawaiian, grayed, face lined with the ages, I asked if he might interpret the stone edifice, and translate what it spelled out, for me and my family. He gazed at the stones, perhaps an ancient dedication to the gods, I mused. His eyes clouded over, I pictured him recalling scenes of nights about the fire, through the ages, telling the oral history of the long forgotten people of his land….....he then seemed to return to the present, turned to me and uttered…..Burma Shave. Oh well, so much for ancient runes and history….....(-:

Later, we passed by the little hamlet of Kahakuloa. The road you see etched in the side of the hills is now paved, I remember when it was gravel. It is one lane. To pass, one car has to partially drive off the road on the hill side placing your vehicle at quite an angle, while the other car slips by. There is about 10 miles of one lane, extraordinarily curvy road with switch backs and s-curves. At this point we had 6 more miles of it to go….

Closer view….......

And then we wandered home….......what’s this I spy waiting for me…......

....a cold Longboard Island Lager awaited me, as I relaxed on the Lanai, recalling our adventures of the day…....................

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#1 posted 01-16-2010 12:46 AM

Thanks Jim. I wish I was there. Enjoy your beer.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-16-2010 12:49 AM

Nice Lager.


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#3 posted 01-16-2010 12:53 AM

Thanks for viewing, still having a very relaxing time. The girls just took off for the afternoon for some shopping in Lahaina, probably the biggest tourist trap on the island. They are going to a quilting store they are familiar with, and then to Barnes and Noble. I am sitting home reading a book, and may open a bottle of Longboard.

Actually, not a bad beer….......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 01-16-2010 12:54 AM

It looks like you certainly are enjoying yourself. I love pictures of those beaches. Are you sure you want to leave all this and return home to SNOW!!! :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 01-16-2010 01:03 AM

No, I’m not sure…....but let’s face it, a little snow makes you enjoy the tropics more…............(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 01-16-2010 01:26 AM

envy, envy,envy,drooool
thank´s one more time you nailed me I was so glad today when I saw the sun twenty min. today
and that was only the 4. time the last 3½ month becourse there have been lowhanging boring mittle dark clauds all over
so we go araund and say are we ind brittania or the Faroe island and then you post those beuityful what ever
something :-)
they look great and thank you for sharing those pictures of the landscape with us but the bottle pictures
was a little too much for my nerves… enjoy it you deserve to be cooled of after that walk
Dang I just toke another look and it´s still too much becourse I am going to drive 6 more aurs before I get of
and can share one with you Cheers, salute. skåål and enjoy the rest of the day


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#7 posted 01-16-2010 01:52 AM

I here you about the work and the beer….........

.......when you are done working, come back here again with your beer…....

............. skåål …............

Have a good day Dennis…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 01-16-2010 02:06 AM

You should try to go and see the Iao Needle in the Iao Valley State Park, in the center of the island . There’s a nice park surrounding it that’s easy to walk around and view the waterfalls and flora. Another interesting site is the Dragon’s Teeth lava forms that are actually on the property of a hotel, but you can park nearby and walk a few hundred feet to the shore where the lava formed in jaggad, erect forms that look like giant teeth jetting out of the sea We also drove to the southern most tip on the west coast where it’s quite scenic and unspoiled and spotted sea turtles eating among the rocks.

There’s an old banyan tree in the town square worthy of viewing too

If you drive the road to Hana, it’s laborious, but beautiful. It’s more like a goat path and two lanes of traffic weave around the multiple valleys.

If you park in town, make sure you note the parking meters, as they will ticket you if they expire. We went on a day long fishing trip and came back after dark with a costly ticket on the rental car.

Enjoy the rest of your stay!

NOTE: You can collect shells to take home but DO NOT take any lava rocks. Madam Pele does not take kindly to the removal of her precious lava and will curse you. Take a photo if you must, but leave the lava behind for the islanders and tourist to appreciate.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 01-16-2010 02:48 AM

I have been banging around Maui for about 35 years and I have been here about 25 times.The spots that you mentioned are good ones, the only place I haven’t driven to is the south tip. But we have seen the turtles on excursions quite far south. From the cliffs and ledges on the north tip I have seen turtles on other occasions.

For anyone else going to Maui, take note of mmh’s suggestions, they are good ones.

My wife is in Lahaina as we speak, and will undoubtedly walk by the banyan tree there. We missed Maui last year, but were in the tropics elsewhere. Year before last I was bobbing in the water and tallking to people as they came and went. One of the people who was part native said his great(?) grandfather was a missionary that planted the tree in Lahaina. From other things he said, he seemed creditable. That banyan tree covers a small park, technically the town square, and small markets are held under its shade on a regular basis.

Thanks for stopping by to comment, Maui is our favorite vacation spot, but we don’t go see the sights much anymore, unless we have other people with us.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 01-16-2010 03:03 AM

Great pics Jim, thanks for sharing.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#11 posted 01-16-2010 03:11 AM

Thought about breaking out the shorts and lawn chair here, today. The temperature broke 40.

Thanks for the beautiful pictures, Jim.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 01-16-2010 05:41 AM

The pics are fun, I don’t have the best equipment, just a mid range camera with no interchangeable lenses for me, a Konica-Minolta, 5 years old or so, and Sherie’s Cannon pocket camera, I carry on the beach. In the old days I carried bags of lenses, etc. Then I found out I was just shooting pictures, instead of enjoying the vacation, so I quit that. Now, the cameras are very secondary. My next camera will probably be a pocket camera like Sherie’s. There is very little difference between the pictures I get with one versus the other.

Been kinda cold in the lower 48 this year, we are having an average winter. I remember when it broke freezing in Fairbanks where I lived for 8 years, it became shirt sleeve weather. I notice my son in law when he was recently down in Anchorage would be in shirt sleeves walking from house to car etc when it was in the 20’s. My daughter and he, and 3 grandchildren live in Fairbanks. They have a whole different perspective on what is cold.

Rochester has exactly the same temperature as Anchorage, 23 degrees, today. Yup, I’d rather be here. But I won’t move here. We have talked and talked, but it never computes, even for retirement.

It’s the variety Dave, you have something special, temperature change is invigorating, you wouldn’t be able to stand the monotony of 70’s to 80’s every day…...........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 01-16-2010 03:09 PM

Thanks for sharing the pics Jim. For a moment, I almost felt like I was there. Might want to copyright your post. Between the burma shave bird and the pic of the beer, you might find these ideas in commercials in the next month. After all, advertisers are scrambling for those super bowl commercial ideas :)

Thanks for thinking of us during your relaxation time and enjoy that lager.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#14 posted 01-16-2010 03:59 PM

Thanks for sharing your vacation with us.

We always enjoy seeing pictures of Hawaii.

It sure is beautiful there.

We’re supposed to have a balmy high of 39F today, sweatshirt weather.<(O}#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 01-16-2010 06:57 PM

David Craig
Note your temp there this morning is just at freezing, I assume your high today will be about the same as Dick’s. Anchorage is running in the mid 20’s right now, not greatly different than the midwest. But we will stay cool longer in the spring, usually, but not always.

It is very beautiful here, I am watching the sun come up over Haleakala right now as I type. Indoors today, the last few days have been cool in the morning. Up to 62 degrees right now, but about now, 0700hrs, the sun becomes too bright for the computer. Wish there were screens that could be switched to a passive mode like my Kindle that thrives in bright sun light. You are warmer in your Hibbing sweatshirt weather, Anchorage is hovering around 25 deg.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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