While cooling off at the pool one afternoon while in Maui, I noted one gal that was there every day. Her tan gave her away. I knew she was probably there for more than a quick vacation… so, curious, we struck up a conversation.
She confessed most of her tan was actually from home! She only lives 1 hour from me… but on a beach.
But she also lived in Maui. She bought a unit in our complex many years ago, and obviously retired, she comes and goes as desired.
Wow. Nice! But I was curious…
“So, if you live on a beach, why would you have a place here?”
She didn’t even hesitate. “I love where I live, but It’s just better here. Everything is just better.”
Nodding in complete agreement, I knew exactly what she meant.
I wish I could bottle up the constant tropical breezes and warm salty sea air, fragranced with blooms everywhere you walk. There is just nothing quite like it.
You can feel the difference when you get off the plane. Most buildings are open air, so the trade winds carry right through.
While waiting to board the plane home, I left the comforts of the air conditioned waiting area so I could feel that special Maui air one last time.
You had time to saturate yourself into the lifestyle, sounds, smells, and aloha spirit.
I know that sounds like an advertisement, but that spirit really exists. It’s a lifestyle, that is very different from anything else. You are encouraged to chill, slow down, get barefoot and go for a walk on the beach.
Even the locals spend a lot of time on the beach. You could spot a local kiddo a mile away. Small kids handling big waves with complete ease vs. a grown tourist (me) would dash away from anything frothing, to avoid getting knocked over…
I don’t know. I’ve started about 4 posts, but I can’t quite put my finger on how to showcase this one best.
I mean, there are the gardens, things to see, best travel tips, the beauty of the beaches, awesome things to eat, and the stories… ohhhh the stories. What would YOU like to hear about?
I don’t want to throw up 100 posts, but I’d eventually like to do something special with some pictures. Any ideas?
So should you ask if it’s good to be home? I will answer it’s great to see the cats, and have things to do.
But for all else?
But I’ll take that to mean, the vacation was a success, and I’d do it all over again in a quick heartbeat.
It should come as no surprise that I was astonished how barren and dry my own yard looked at home in comparison to my tropical yard.
So while I wandered the yard, trying to focus on something… anything, I started pulling a few weeds out of the dusty soil. Then grabbed the clippers, and reshaped a few shrubs.
In no time, I had several wheelbarrows full, and a new angle to tackle.
And that ends the aimless rambling for today. So I’d love your opinion…
What would you like to see and hear about?
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