Chapter 6 - Maui Day 1
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|Thu, 08-08-2013 - 9:43am|
Our excursion today was a late one – as we overnight in Maui, I booked a sunset tour. So we slept in a bit. When we did get up, we went to Cagney’s for breakfast. It’s nice how empty Cagney’s tends to be in the morning.
I’m fairly sure I eventually took the girls to the Cadillac Diner for something to eat – so they would not be hungry when we got off the ship. John didn’t want to go. My DDs loved the Cadillac Diner. The manager showed them how to work the juke box. I never got his name, but he was a funny, older Asian man who we ran into a few times on the ship - and he always picked on the girls. Anyhow, at one point a One Direction song started to play and he came over and asked my DDs if they played it. . .they both laughed, pointed at him and said "You played this!" and he admitted he did, that he loved One Direction. :) My DDs are still not into boys, so they said "eeeeewwww" to that.
It was a very long, winding road up the crater. There were moments on the road where I regretted doing this trip on a ship tour – as it was a very big bus, I think it wouldn't have seemed quite so scary from a van or car. . the curves were awful, and looking down the side of the cliff was not relaxing at all. Our bus driver was very depressing too. . he kept talking about all the businesses that have left Maui and how poor everyone was, etc. Even Maddie looked up at me and said “This island is very sad”.
I found this pic of a map showing the road up. . it is not an exaggeration – it is truly that twisty.
There were cars coming down the narrow twisty road that would look (from our seats) like they barely missed ramming us. So I googled the road and the word accident and read about tourist driving right off the road. . ..that was soooo not helpful on my part. But I was glad I ignored the advice of renting a car and driving ourselves.
As the sun started to go down, it started to really get cold - especially any place shaded.
Here she goes again - Maddie saying "I'm Queen of the World". Odd kid.
The girls got on the bus at one point to warm up their faces.
The view did get prettier
My daughters really loved the pics where the sun effected the coloring - they think it made "balloons" in the pics.
While the view was pretty, I'm not sure that I would recommend this excursion as highly as others did. Not that anything was bad, just not sure for the cost, etc. that it was as "wow" as I was excepting. But the M&Ms did say they thought it was cool. And I do think it was pretty. But the drive back. . in the dark. . .LOL. . . . Oh, at one point we had to slow way down, why? Because someone was skateboarding down this narrow, windy road. Seriously, skateboarding! In the dark!
Anyhow once back on the ship we were tried and hungry. I had carried cereal bars for the girls - and they had eaten them on the bus, but it wasn't holding them. The girls asked if we could go back to the Cadillac Diner (it is opened 24 hours a day), so we did.
So a quick snack, then it was time to clean up and head to bed.
We did find a wild animal in our room -
Then off to sleep. Tomorrow is a much earlier start to the day.