Two weeks and a bit … isn’t a good as living there (my dream), but a substantive and well deserved rest.
Five years ago last week I returned from my last trip to Maui. Photo in the left margin of this website was taken my last evening there, sunset from the Kam II Beach.
I’m not that big on sunsets, but I’m very big on beaches. Not for the water, but for watching water, feeling its air laden with feeling, telling its story of thousands of miles of ocean travel.
“So much to see, so little time …”, words I’ve said before, but not this time.
For a trip like this, I suggest you write off a day on each end spent on bouncing around airports, the car rental counter, the grocery store, places to change – to transition from winter to paradise, and then back again.
Against those bookends, plan a trip to remember.
Or one to never forget!
Or take a friend.
Don’t take an enemy, or a friend who becomes one – you might have to vote them off the island.
Much has been written about magical places. Maui is unique and reputed to be the most beautiful island in the world. I’ve read that enough times to be convinced I don’t need to visit all the others to be convinced of that truth . . .
I’ve been to Maui many times, so it feels more like coming home than it does going away.
Each time I’ve been there I’ve wondered, “will it feel as good this time?”. I know some people get island fever and can’t stay. I’m surely not one of those.
To those who’ve been there, you know what I mean.
To those who’ve not, book your trip. I expect you won’t be sorry. It’s not cheap, but I don’t think it is as pricey as some people fear when compared with other destinations.
Not that a beautiful place in and of itself ensures happiness, but if you have to be miserable, might as well be in a beautiful place, right?
column written/ published from Calgary
morning walk: 22C/72F … walking indoors at YYC; pacing the terminal, wandering the departure lounge and working through security … ah .. the joys of the 4AM-ish check in for the first leg of the trip (Calgary-Phoenix, plane change, Phoenix to Kahului) – insulated from winter and saying bye-bye till the 29th. Gusta is happily roaming around with dog-pals at her resort …
Hi Mark, Have a great vacation. Enjoy the sand, sun & warm breezes. Thank you to your father who served for our country so long ago. My dad was too young but I remember a picture of him dressed in uniform & he told us he was a Saturday night soldier. Not sure what that was, proud of my dad no matter what, MC, Bottrel, AB
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