Chapter 6 - Maui Day 1

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Chapter 6 - Maui Day 1
Thu, 08-08-2013 - 9:43am
Sunday - June 30th

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 don’t have any notes, so not 100% sure what we did at this point, I can only assume we went back to our stateroom.

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.

We then went back to our stateroom to get ready for the evening. We were going to head up to the Haleakala Crater. It is 10,000 feet above sea level and suppose to get cold up there. So we all dressed a little warmly and then I carried a bag with extra jackets, gloves, etc.

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”.

Now again, the road going up the 10,000 feet was just awful. If you suffer from motion sickness or have a fear of heights (and some on our bus did) it is not the trip for you.    The driver said the way the picked where to lay the road was by following the animals, as they felt the animals would pick the safest route down – because you risk hitting a part of the volcano, which can cave in.

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.

Was it worth it? I don’t know. Normally on a clear day you are suppose to be able to see neighboring islands from up here – but as you can see from the clouds in a lot of the following pics, we did not have a clear day.

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!

This was our first excursion in Hawaii, so we were surprised when we got back to the port area and the bus lights went on and we were told that someone would be boarding the bus and we had to show them a picture id before we could enter the port area. This happened at every port in Hawaii. We would show our ID before entering the port area, and then again before entering the walkway into the cruise area, then again to board the ship.     John asked one of the workers if there was anything going on that we might have missed on the news since being on vacation, and he was told no – they began this procedure after 9/11 and have never stopped.    Even in Jamaica they were not this strict with carding.    

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.

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Thu, 08-08-2013 - 9:06pm

Sounds like a good day. Your pictures are beautiful and I can see why the girls love the play on light in them, it does look like balloons! I am always intrigued but the contrast of poverty and wealth in destination hot spots...we had a cab driver in Orlando who was depressing in a way that sounds like your bus driver was...the conversation has stick with me and that was back in 2005.


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Sun, 09-22-2013 - 7:43am

The crater does look beautiful - not sure anyone in my (car-sick prone) family could have handled the drive though, lol! When we went to Hawaii in 2005, it was never really "clear" the whole week. Still awesome though. 

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Thu, 11-14-2013 - 8:32am
We did the Haleakala sunrise my second time there. We had to get up at something like 3 am. And it was COLD (and I didn't have hat/gloves/etc.). It was nice, but I'm not sure I ever need do it again. :)