counting down the days…

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous

Less than two weeks until the next trip!  🙂

the beach

Let’s go to the beach and stick our toes in the sparkling sand and watch the setting sun and the heaving and sighing of the waves and the golden ribbon on the water that disappears into the horizon…

Kaanapali Beach Sunset Waves 2

Kaanapali Beach, March 2015, one of my favourite pics this year (and one of my happy places!!)

Kaanapali Beach Reminiscing

I’ve collected quotes for as long as I can remember, and this is one of my favourites.  (I came across it again the other day and thought I’d share it with some of my favourite pictures from Kaanapali Beach in March – watching the sunset every night was my favourite part of the trip).

“The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns.”

Kaanapali Beach Sunset 2 March 2015
Kaanapali Beach march 2015
Kaanapali Beach sunset March 2015

Surfing Goat Dairy

I like goats. I like goat cheese.  There’s a dairy farm on Maui called Surfing Goat Dairy that makes goat cheese and offers tours of their farm where you can feed the goats – how could we not visit it?  The GPS had other thoughts (you would think it would be impossible to get lost on Maui, but it is), but our slight detour had us arrive at Surfing Goat just as a tour was about to start.

The tour guide told us a lot of information about goats and breeding and goat cheese, but between feeding the goats and taking pictures, I don’t really remember any interesting tidbits to pass on, however, the goat cheeses we sampled at the end of the tour were delicious!

But I do have pics to share…

Surfing Goat 1

Surfing Goat 4 Surfing Goat 3 Surfing Goat 2How to be a good studSurfing Goat 5 Surfing Goat 8 Surfing Goat 7 Surfing Goat


wine in the rain

A little drizzle is no problem when this is the view while enjoying a glass of wine on vacation…

wine glass in the rain

The wine is a California Pinot Noir, Meiomi 2012, recommended by the bartender at the Castaway Cafe, the restaurant at Maui Kaanapali Villas. It’s not a fancy place, but the food is very good. Much better than meal we had at one of the restaurants at the fancy Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort next door. Let’s just say, it sure seemed like the fish in the fish and chips I ordered were straight from a box of frozen fish and chips, which is fine, if I’m at home and want to have fish and chips from a box (I had that for lunch the other day, in fact), but I’m not sure how you mess up fish in a place like Maui!  Anyway, if you’re visiting Maui and you want nice food in a low-key, relaxed setting Castaway Cafe is a great place to consider (they have a really nice wine list, too).

Haleakala mystery

Does anyone know what this is? I haven’t been able to figure it out.  I didn’t want to touch it so I don’t know if it was growing there (there were no other plants growing nearby) or more likely the wind blew it there. Whatever the case, I’m always attracted to colour so I was intrigued enough to walk off the path and check it out.

Haleakala colour

wonders of Haleakala National Park (with quotes)

If you are planning a trip to Maui, go to Haleakala National Park!  If you’re not keen on getting up at 3:30 am on vacation to get there in time for sunrise (which is what you will have to do if you’re staying on the west side of the island!), a day trip is worthwhile. The drive through Upcountry is lush, beautiful and unique – there’s so much to do in this area that if the weather isn’t good and you decide not to drive up to the volcano, you will still have had an enjoyable day.

Once you reach the summit, you’re transported to another world. It’s pretty amazing (and cold, dress warm!!!).

Haleakala - March 7

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. — Aristotle

Haleakala National Park - crater - March 7

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life. -John Burrough

Haleakala Clouds 1 - March 7

One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things. – Henry Miller

a reminder of how small we really are

When we look up, it widens our horizons. We see what a little speck we are in the universe, so insignificant, and we all take ourselves so seriously, but in the sky, there are no boundaries. No differences of caste or religion or race. -Julia Gregson