This round, I safely removed the SD card from the camera before travelling home. How smart am I!
But once home, I couldn’t find it.
A moment of silence, please…
In panic mode, I suddenly stopped, laughed and thought… maybe some things aren’t meant to be shared. Who knows!
Or I have to just keep going back until I get it right. And let’s hope that’s never!
But then I found it.
So, I consider any sharing beyond this a massive miracle at this point!
With all the times I have ventured to Maui, you’d think I’d seen it all. But I always leave something for ‘next time’.
Although this trip had NOTHING to do with being a world traveller, but more, a gentle retreat from the outside world, I did eventually push myself off the lull of the ocean wave infused beach to do something new.
And that was hit the back road on the way to Hana.
One day I’ll actually make it to Hana! I promise.
But I had never been as far as visiting Grandma’s Coffee House. So THAT was my main goal. And from there, I’d completely wing it.
I love that kind of travel. One small destination, then let the wind blow you where you may.
After a quick sit, I took half of it home with me, along with some must-get banana bread, and stood on the road. So pretty! But hmmm…
Taking a quick look on the map, no outstanding landmark was really around this spot.
And I was kinda way out there in the middle of nowhere.
He looked towards the road, then raised his eyebrows. Yes, I caught that. Always read the body language when on the backroads in this place.
“It’s a windy road, but a good windy, not a terrorizing windy.”
“Well, if you go far enough, you’ll come to some iffy track, and you’ll end up in Hana! So I’d go as far as the winery, then turn around.”
“You SURE I CAN turn around?!”
He laughed, and assured me I’d be just fine, and I’d even have FUN!
Famous. Last. Words.
I nearly paid him to take me. But he was on a bike. And that would not save my life. I’d need a parachute.
So, I took the lower road, and cautiously enjoyed myself…
This is a lookout towards Wailea, Kihei, and Maalaea Harbour, so this elevation was quite a ways up. It was so pretty!
Granted, I’ve never been there, but according to PS I Love You, it kinda looked like this. All those glorious green, rolling hills.
What a GORGEOUS drive! SOOOO gorgeous! I want to go there right now.
Has anyone ever just GONE to Maui for a weekend?
Do you think I should be the first one to invent that?
Don’t even dare me at this point.
Gotta watch those road curves though. The silly tourist in me walked through a ditch, so I could stand on the lava rock wall. But I had walked myself into a blind spot, not being able to see if a car was coming on my way back.
I learned a lesson, I think.. but still not really sure what exactly that was. Gotta get the photos somehow!
I kept driving until I saw a Japanese Garden of some kind, then debated if I should keep going.
Deciding to be brave for 1 minute more, I came around a tight bend and DANG. A cliff! No no no no no no no no…
Space for a U turn… look… loooook!
So I tenderly did a U turn when no cars were around, and head back.
I really enjoy little adventures doing absolutely nothing like this, rather than the big, touristy destination thing. You make these little magical discoveries all on your own, off the beaten track, on your own time. You can stop, sip your coffee, have a picnic, think, dream, whatever you want. In Hawaii, IMO, the journey is generally much more enticing than the destination. And this back country area ended up being a main highlight of my entire trip!
Honestly? I just like to drive nowhere.
Except near cliffs, of course…
Have you taken this back road? How far did you go?
Photos taken with my little Canon G5X on aperture.
You can find more travel 2016 posts HERE