Me too. It’s actually been on my bucket list for a variety of reasons.
So this summer, through a series of amazing miracles, we are here once again.
Welcome back to Maui… but this time, for 6 weeks!
Oh my gosh… you did read that right.
Not wasting a moment, I attempted to look for somewhere cool to go for summer again like last year’s Maui trip. I even searched beyond North America this time.
But my goodness… so expensive! And, in all honesty, I got overwhelmed. There’s so much to see and do in this big, ol’ world. And soooo many hours of flight time. Gah… why is everything so far away from the west coast?
So I reverted back to safe zone, 5 hours away Maui.
But I couldn’t seem to find a place to stay that worked for us this round. Last year’s trip to Napili (you can read about that awesome stay HERE) was AMAZING… but it proved to be a little too quiet for an active teen.
Then this magical PING arrived in my Facebook. A friend heard about my plea, and offered her place to us in the active, funky town of Kihei.
So, I did the math. This new place wa so much more affordable than many others are. So calculating… I figured out I could stay for 6 weeks for the price of my regular 2.
But… that’s just crazy talk! I argued with myself for a week. So my boy and I discussed things.
For some strange reason, the number 6 stuck in my head. It wouldn’t let go.
“6 weeks is ridiculous…” I muttered to myself.
“Too long!” said my boy.
Then one day, my boy said, “Did you book Maui yet?”
“Mom! 6 weeks! Do it!”
Seriously… that’s just crazy. But I looked up dates online anyway. And they were still available.
Then the big soul search emerged.
I’ve worked 20 plus years at a job that wouldn’t allow me to play like this. Every one of those years, I positively FOUGHT to get away for 2 weeks. It was always an impossible juggle.
But now, with the dayjob a done deal… the only thing that was stopping me…
… was me.
I simply didn’t have a good enough reason to say no.
So, I booked it. Oh my gosh…
So!!!! What’s in store for 6 weeks here on the blog, you ask? Oh my goodness… so much! So much great stuff….
This summer, it can finally be about all the things I wanted the last round to be.
I’m taking you to flea markets, garage sales, and cool places to check out where the locals frequent.
I’ve always wanted to just take a drive and shoot uncommon glances, like this one above. I LOVE this kind of thing and cannot wait to hop into that little rental putt putt, and take off for some long, winding, off the beaten track tropical gravel road and capture the awesome.
Whatever I find, I’m going to make stuff. Because I can’t just sit on a chair for 6 weeks… I need to do cool things! I wanna play with some Maui junk this time!
I promised some of these things last trip. But it didn’t happen, because when you are squeezing in everything in a 2 week period, there simply isn’t time. I remember visiting the Iao Needle, whizzing by a Heavenly thrift store. Drove me crazy…
This year, we will take the time and stop at those things that make my DIY lovin’ heart sing.
May I also confess… this one scares me a little. It’s a long time to be away from home. And you can bet my heart hurts to leave my fur babies at home. But I have a great house sitter that plans to keep them busy and well loved. AND… this is why I got two.
My hope for this trip is that we discover new and wonderful things to do, unique ways to bond further, and very simply put, have the time of our lives. I love how my son remembers details of our trips, and I desire this one to simply be EPIC for him. For us. For you!
So let’s find out. I hope you’ll join me for this pretty crazy and daring twist of a summer… and play / shop / DIY like a Maui local.
… just as soon as we catch up on some sleep. See ya soon with some cool adventures ahead!
p.s. I also have a couple scheduled posts for next week of things I did at home, so you’ll get some typical DIY as well.
Ohh my goodness. I still can’t believe we actually DID this.
But we did. And here’s how we wrapped up our first evening.
So! Hope you’re into a little bit of a different spin over the next little while. I promise to show you more than just beaches. 🙂
What’s the longest you’ve been away from home? Where did you go?
You can visit our last year’s Maui adventures HERE.