A huge benefit is viewing an exciting location as ‘home’. You tend to start doing more normal shnormal things when you vacation vs travel every moment. Some days we stay at the condo, enjoying the gardens or pool by day, and watching nightly marathons of Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air my son just discovered.
Oh Will, my boy is amazed you did such a teenage themed down to earth show seemingly catering just for him. 🙂
One demerit for such a long vacay is missing elements of home. When things get quiet and I want to just flop on my bed, I crave cuddling my cats. Or when I do a large blog post like this, I want my biggest, baddest and fastest equipment and gear. I miss my large desktop and good software editing. And I’m failing with my two cameras I brought along, so I’ve resorted to my iPhone 6+. Who knew.
But I’m trying not to go there. When those thoughts cross my path, I quickly remind myself half our time is already gone, and we’ll be back to all the comforts of home soon enough, wishing we were back here.
So, on Saturday we needed a new adventure. And being that I can lure my boy pretty much anywhere with good food, we head an hour away to Napili, our old stomping grounds from last summer’s trip to Maui.
It’s funny… in my mind’s eye, I was missing this area, remembering all the magic it held for us last summer.
But once we were there, I looked at my son and said, “I love where we are BETTER!”
And he agreed. I love it when that happens. 🙂
The beach’s shorebreaks appear to be MUCH calmer in Napili than Kihei’s south shores, but the beach is steep, short and smaller, especially noticeable when crowds are heavier.
But we drove a long way, and took it in. It was lovely for sure.
My son commented that the sand was too deep. He had a point. You kinda sunk in forever, making walking more difficult.
Goodness…. sand too deep?! Is there even such a thing?
Aren’t we the most spoiled duo in the land? 🙂
A MUST stop if you are out this way is The Gazebo, for their fried rice and macadamia banana pineapple pancakes. (see my post on it HERE) You just must. We packed coolers in the car and took some extra home.
Normally we’d order out to avoid the very long lineups always present, but when we arrived 15 min before closing on a Saturday, no lineups! We finally got to eat in for the first time. And it was amazing. The gazebo overlooks Napili beach.
After a quick pit stop at our (the only?) fav Napili supermarket, then hit the highway back to Kihei.
With only one way out, traffic came to an absolute stand still. So I did the only thing left for a true blue tourist to do…
I rolled down the window and started taking iPhone pictures. 🙂
I admit, I am craving a rainforest adventure, but I’m not certain I wish to do the extensive Hana tour for various reasons. Maybe just the Iao Valley again. Still thinking… convince me otherwise, anyone?
But when I realized we were locked down tight on that highway going no where fast, WITH the perfect opportunity to make a U turn, I announced, “We’re going to Lahaina!”
My boy protested until I reminded him (food) Bubba Gump’s (goooooood foooooood) was there.
That did it. (and it was amazing – order the shrimp scampi!!)
So, we landed the perfect parking spot for only $7 for the entire evening (vs many areas that charge $5 an hour… ouch!!) Shop around.
And we took a walk… in our beach gear no less. Always high end here… when I remembered, we had such newbie issues parking last summer, we didn’t see the infamous banyan tree.
This was the year!
I tuned in my iPhone google map to the tree, and there she was.
The tree is one of the largest in North America, is approx 150 years old, and covers 2/3 of an acre. It was a powerful presence and resembled its own rainforest all by its lonesome.
This is a small part of it. Isn’t it something?
But something that really took my breath away were the sounds. You can’t leave without hearing the sounds of all those tropical birds that made this amazing tree their home.
And you know me… gotta get in a sunset shot no matter where you’re at. Loving my daily challenges! You can see more on Instagram HERE.
And one more for the road. 🙂 I call this one, “The bikers’.
Because you just never know where getting stuck in a tropical traffic jam will ultimately take you…
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