Background: We have been planning this trip for six months to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. We have two young boys and it has been a full 10 years since we’ve had a full week to ourselves sans kids. Without further ado here she blows…..
Day One (Getting There):
We left at 9:30 from Tampa and had a one-hour layover at DFW before another 8 hours in the sky to Maui. I finished reading Mudbound (***), watched “The Wrestler” (***) and “Hot Tub Time Machine”(*) and we landed at 3:30 (9:30 EST). I let the wife pick-up the luggage while I hopped on the Alamo shuttle to the pick-up counter. I was the only one on the shuttle bus and third in line at the pickup counter. The line went quick and I went out back to pick-out our convertible. There were no Mustangs available so I picked out the Sebring with the fewest dings/mileage. I dropped the top and went to pickup the wife. We stopped at Wal-mart to pickup some water, beer, snacks, and fan (the wife has to have her white noise to sleep). The sun was bearing down on us pretty hard and we are a shade away from albino, so the wife reached into the make-up bag to get some sunscreen and, ughhhhh, something slippery/slimy had leaked all over everything during the flight. We drove to the Sheraton. Our attendant, Galen, showed us around the resort and then led us to our room. Our room was Deluxe Oceanfront and was on the 4th floor in Building #6. Building #6 is away from the main resort and has its own parking lot. We followed the attendant, who was in a golf car, in our car to our room. Building #6 is directly on the ocean and overlooks the back side of Black Rock and Kahekili Beach Park up to Airport Beach. It felt like we were hovering over the ocean. We walked around the resort and the views were amazing everywhere. The trip from our room to the main pool area was: Elevator from Floor 4 to Floor 3 at Building #6, go across breezeway from Building #6 to Builind #5, Elevator from Floor 3 to Floor 8 at Building #5, go across breezeway from Building 5 to Building 4 (awesome view from this breezeway overlooking resort and beach), take Elevator from Floor 8 to Floor 1, and you are at the pool. The breezeways between the buildings are amazing little quiet spot in the resort with equally amazing views of the resort and ocean. We ended up at the Tiki Bar for the sunset cliff dive ceremony. We ordered a “non-vegetarian” pulled pork nachos and a Longboard Lager and were treated to an amazing sunset. We walked to Whaler Village (about an 8 minute walk). We first passed Hula Grill and then Lehlani’s and took a look at the menus (my wife is non-fish eater, so we have to find places with a good chicken or pork dish). We browsed through a few stores and then headed to Maui Dive Shop to rent our snorkel gear. Then we headed back to the Sheraton at 9 (3AM EST) for some sleep.