What a fun but very long day. We hung out at the condo the whole morning, doing not much of anything at all. The kiddo went out snorkeling in front with our friend who likes to go out pretty far and see the far reef where turtles congregate. It is not for everyone (including me) but she was up for it and the water was amazing today. I spent some time looking online and planning out a few destinations for our upcountry adventure.
We packed up and headed out about 12 noon for Paia and the Fish Market. It was ok but our friends really wanted to go. I had fried shrimp and a Caesar salad, and everyone else seemed to like their meals. We shopped around for just a few minutes, and then headed up Baldwin Ave to Makawao. There we parked, visited T Komoda's (came home with coconut pie and some stick donuts), and hung around a beautiful art gallery where the owner was so kind and welcoming to all the kids. It is a charming town and we all agreed we enjoyed stopping there.
From there we headed to the Surfing Goat Dairy. We did not plan to tour; we just let the kids run around, feed the goats (a bag of feed is $1), and we bought a flight of cheese samples for the adults to share, which was $12. We also splurged on a couple of cheese/chocolate truffles for $2.50 each which is crazy, but they were very good.
From there we debated going back to Makawao and visiting Oprah's house, but besides the fact that it makes us crazy people, we decided we really didn't have time to do that and make it up to the crater before dark. So we headed up the mountain to the lower visitor center, where it was 30 degrees cooler than most of Maui. Seriously, however cold you think it is up there, take that times two. It is bloody cold, and even the husbands that are perpetually hot were freezing and had no problem admitting it.
Our final stop was the upper visitor center for the sunset. The wind was blowing and even though we had multiple layers of jeans and sweatshirts, it was just too cold to stay outside for long. We took refuge in the wind shelter at the top that has 360 degree views of the mountain. We had our picnic lunch in there, and ventured out briefly for picture taking and seeing the sunset from the ridge. It really is great, and the colors were just as great for the next 10 minutes or so after the actual dropping of the sun below the horizon.
By then it was about 7:15 and so we headed out for the 2 hour drive home. It was a long day but we all agreed it was a great adventure. The destinations were great, but just as great was enjoying the countryside and views as we drove through these rural parts of Maui that are filled with interesting things to see. The rolling hills, lush greenery, neat views of west Maui and Kahalui below and the volcano above, cows and horses, and interesting buildings make for a fun day. We used maps and Apple Maps quite a bit and did just fine as these are all pretty small roads and could be a problem for the navigationally challenged. But we did just fine.
Tomorrow is a laid back day at Napili Bay. We plan to rent a SUP and share it among our 3 families plus another family we met 2 years ago from Canada, who returned to our condos again this year. Tomorrow night we have reservations at Merriman's for us adults while the older kids babysit the younger ones. I have been there once before and can't wait to go back. I know I will get sticker shock again (coffee is $10? really?) but the food and atmosphere are just so great.
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