4.02.2008

maui revealed, our last day

Monday, our last day in Maui, was nearly perfect, of course the airport experience would screw it up, right? After hearing about the Aloha Airlines debacle (thank you, Marie for the info), we checked-in online immediately, did some packing, and then went for our final hike at the Tree Growth Research Area near our cottage. This time though we brought the camera along to capture the beautiful greenery. Unlike the alleged dry greenery at the beach the other day, this greenery was fresh and vibrant.


This tree was a perfect balance beam for my Mary Lou Retton impersonation
Rob climbed in one hole and...
...came out another
Before we left our cozy nest for good, we wanted to take a few more pictures. If you're headed to Maui, you should definitely consider staying at this Maui Spa Retreat in Olinda. Ahh...I miss it tremendously already.

This is the entrance
This is the view from our room upstairs...spectacular!


After driving away with tears in my eyes (well, not really, but it left a hole in my heart), we headed to Lahaina for one last lunch with Jenny and Linda at Kimo's. Again, the food was delicious, but come on, anytime you dine right above the water, how bad could it be?

Linda invited us over to her place to share some old photographs with us. I saw photos of my parents when they were just 18 and totally in love. It's was great to see photographs that I've never seen before and while I see the resemblance of my brother and I in my mom and dad today, the resemblance was so incredibly obvious when they were young and free-spirited in the 70s. And boy did we hear some stories...

Maui wanted to grace us with one last memory...a rainbow! Literally, as we were getting ready to hop in the car and drive to the airport, it started to rain and an incredible rainbow appeared.




It was a beautiful way to say good-bye to great friends and a breathtaking city.

Our airport experience was terrible. I'll just leave it at that...

The fantastic news: Jenny and Victor are coming to San Diego in April for a wedding and they are going to stop by Long Beach. We can't wait to take them to Sushi Studio and Yogurtland!

8 comments:

Lilcee said...

EEEE I see the rainbow. Perfect way to end the trip.

Boo to the airport. It's like the gates to hell.

WeezerMonkey said...

Rainbows are rad.

amber said...

i'm sorry that the airport left such a bad taste in your mouth, but i'm glad you had such an amazing vacation!

emily said...

can't beat that balance beam pose! so glad you had fun reconnecting with old friends! sushi studio and yogurtland sounds like a perfect tour! forward thinking to summer vacation...ahhh...

Jolene said...

sounds like you two had a great time. And you went to Kimo's! yey! Wasn't it great??? Glad you're home safe...as much as you didn't want to come home! :)

Lo said...

You are so flexible and poised, Alyssa! Ballet class is definitely calling for you.

Winnie said...

What an amazing trip!

R said...

What a pretty rainbow! Sorry about your airport experience, but I'm glad your trip was awesome.