Day 1...we arrived at the airport late at night only to find that the airline didn't ship our luggage. We were so sad... but they were kind enough to reimburse us for any clothes that we needed before our suitcase could be delivered to us. Luckily, our Airbnb place was really nice. I didn't take any photos of it but here is the link to the place. It was private and had a fully functional kitchen and laundry room, a big back deck, and a comfy bed. The owners were very nice as well. Every morning, we woke up naturally to the sound of birds singing (and squawking...LOL).
Day 2...shopped for clothes since we couldn't wear our own. It wasn't the best day. It was actually kind of stressful and I didn't know what was too extravagant for the airline to reimburse us for, so we just ended up getting a couple T-shirts and socks lol. When I say it was stressful I am underestimating this. The trip wasn't off to a good start. After the shopping trip we waited around a whole lot at the place we were staying, playing computer games. On the bright side, we had a little black cat that visited our Airbnb every morning and night (his name was Blackie) and he was our little companion that made things a little more exciting. Every morning he would rush inside when we opened the door and meow so that we would feed him, and at night he would curl up on the rug or the kitchen floor and snooze with his claws out. HAHA. Also, we did get to take our first walk on the beach this day.
Blackie relaxing on the kitchen floor....
Day 3...Esther and Rian's wedding! It was gorgeous and I wish I actually took pictures. Oh well... After the wedding, everyone who attended the wedding had a fancy dinner at a super beautiful hotel... Fairmont Hotel, I believe it was called. It had gorgeous views and Esther and Rian had this clever idea to take Polariod or Instax photos of their guests to put in their guest book. Again, I wish I took photos, but I just didn't think about it. Well... I did get this one photo of Brandon on the beach since we did arrive a bit early for the wedding.
Day 4...Went snorkeling at Molokini crater. It was my first time to do this and I was nervous. But it was a great experience! Bonus: the Four Winds boat that we went on had prescription goggles, which were really nice since Brandon and I are both nearsighted. As we swam around the crater we tried to touch the fish because they were swimming so close to us. Brandon succeeded, but the fish were a little bit too fast for me. After the snorkeling, we were SUPER hungry. We went to this place called Coconuts Fish Cafe...which I highly recommend to anyone. We had fish tacos and platters.
Day 5...Probably my most favorite day of all...we biked down Mount Heleakala (a volcano). I cannot emphasize enough how gorgeous it was. We biked past an orchard of Eucalyptus trees, which smelled so good! Also, there were fruit stands and stuff along the way, where you could buy guavas, coconuts, pineapples, etc. We chose to wait until the end of our bike ride to eat at this food truck called Bailey's, which had the most delicious healthy turmeric ginger lemonade and a steak bowl with plenty of greens and veggies... I mean, I make it sound average, but it was super above average. haha.
Day 6...rented some snorkeling gear and explored different beaches. We also went to Baby Beach at Lahaina when the sun was setting and swam around a lot. I would say this is the safest place to go snorkeling that I know of. There was a lot of coral to look at when we went, but not too many fish. But that is probably because it was too dark for us to see them. I will take this moment to mention something... I had been eating guava cake every single day of the trip. That, along with pineapple and macadamia nuts and Hawaiian Host chocolate were my favorite treats in Maui. Seriously, the pineapple was pretty cheap and a lot sweeter and flavorful than usual. I seriously enjoyed it.
Day 7...our last day on the island. We spent this day with Brandon's friend Billy, first going to Coconuts Fish Cafe for the last time and then swimming in the ocean. We went to Makena beach, where we all discovered how powerful the ocean can be. Brandon and Billy were thrown by this gigantic wave, and they both lost their flippers. Luckily, we were able to find them since the waves washed them up to the shore. I got thrown around quite a bit too, although I didn't go too far into the deep. For me, the most embarrassing moment was that I got dragged on the sand from the powerful waves, and thanks to that, Billy now knows what I look like naked. Haha. It was pretty funny but pathetic at the same time. After that, we decided to swim in a more shallow area, where we would be safer. Unfortunately, Brandon sprained his toes from landing on them weird, rendering our beach time short. Probably a good thing, since our pale skin probably would have been super burned if we stayed much longer. We went to this pizza food truck, but since Brandon's appetite is really big, that wasn't enough and we decided to go to Da Kitchen to eat some Hawaiian food.
Well, we left the island relatively unscathed as far as sunburn goes. Actually, the only place I got sunburned was the tops of my hands from the volcano bike ride. Anyway, I could not recommend a trip to Maui enough. It felt good to be away from computers and to reconnect with nature and just enjoy ourselves to the fullest. I wish we could go whenever we want.
Ok... as far as other things to catch up on, I do not believe I have mentioned that we got a new kitten on this blog (although my Facebook friends do know this). Her name is Zelda and she is my little angel and companion. Nabee is not too crazy about her, but we all know that this is because he is jealous of her and she likes to irritate him by pouncing on his tail while he is trying to relax.
On a completely unrelated note, last month it snowed in Seattle for the first time in like four years. No snow plows were prepared, and almost everyone I know spent the day at home - a true snow day! I took a picture of what our neighborhood looked like that day. Actually it was really beautiful if you ask me. I only wish that Christmas looked like that.
Even before this whole snow thing happened, my little sister, Krissy, and her husband, Morgan, came to visit us. It was a lot of fun. Krissy is the best at giving massages, and she spoiled us rotten. We all went up to Seattle to the Aquarium, Space Needle, Wall of Gum, and the Museum of Pop Culture. We also ate pizza well past midnight and watched funny movies together. It was wonderful to have someone in my family visiting me. I wish I could be around them all the time!
Last, but not least, if this post is not considered a novel already... is that I wanted to show you how much Brandon spoiled me for my birthday.
Whew! I am impressed if you ended up getting through this whole post. I am really on and off about blogging, and as bad as I feel about that, I have had to take breaks for a good reason. I am done with school, but right now I am job hunting. Please wish me luck! xoxoxox
~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son