Anyway, last weekend we were visited by a weather system known was a "Pineapple Express". In fact, we came home from Maui on the Pineapple Express. In my amateurish understanding, it's a system of heavy moisture and warm air that blows up the coast from Hawaii and dumps and ton of rain (and snow) along the Pacific Coast. Our flight home from Maui was 1 hour shorter than usual as this mass of warm Hawaii air pushed our little plane northbound.
Now that we are home, the Pineapple Express means lots of rain in town, but lots of snow in Whistler. Yay! Last weekend I was up at the hill with some friends enjoying all the new snow. It was a bit on the warm side, so the snow was soggy as we came down the hill, but higher up we found some really nice stashes of powder.
In Maui, we had nearly perfect weather for our first vacation with Finley. We learned quickly that traveling with a 9 month old requires a slightly different approach than normal vacations.
First lesson: your flight will feel much longer than it normally does. When boarding a plan with a baby, forget about packing your bags with books, trashy magazines or iPads; instead better have a ready supply of fresh new toys, snacks, diapers and a change of clothes. Finley actually did remarkably well on both flights. There were lots of babies & kids on our flight, so Finley's small fusses were barely noticeable among the din.
|Looking sad as we leave Maui|
|A short (but sweet) sleep|
Once we arrived in Maui, we were lucky to be picked up at the airport by Grandpa Phil. Second lesson when travelling with a baby - bring help! Grandpa Phil & Grandma Janet (aka Yo-yo) went to Maui a day early and rented the car, did a huge Costco & grocery run and checked into the condo. So all we had to do was roll into town like a bunch of celebrities! (Celebrities that get picked up at the airport in a Dodge Avenger have my sympathies.) We had an awesome time together & it was a huge help to have them with us. Derek & I even escaped for a night dive & for a romantic dinner at Roy's while Grandma & Grandpa babysat.
|First things first, lets get shed our winter layers!|
Third lesson: you will probably spend more time at your condo that you normally would, so rent a nice place. That we did! We frequently stay at the same condo complex when we go to Maui - the Palms of Wailea. The units are nice, the grounds are gorgeous, the pool is great & it is walking distance to Keawakapu, an amazing beach. We had a great 2 bedroom place (three if you count the mini bedroom we created for Finley) with an ocean view. Finley enjoyed most of his meals from the lenai watching the humpback whales swim past.
And we spent some time just hanging out at the condo.
|Just hangin' loose with Grandpa|
|At the beach with his new scrunchy face|
|Keawakapu - our "local" beach|
|Mmmm… eating sand!|
|At the beach with Grandpa & Yoyo|
|Look at these two Kamaainas!|
- Playing in the pool with Finley
- Watching Finley stuff his mouth with sand and going into the waves with his daddy
- The whales. Not only could you see them all the time, jumping and splashing, but all you had to do was stick your head underwater to hear them singing. On my dive at Molokini it sounded as though there were whales right behind me. It was amazing
- Relaxed lunches with Mom, Dad & Derek
- SUP boarding with Mom & Dad
- My special morning treat at Honolua Coffee: Iced Nutty Hawaiian Latte and Lemon-Ginger Scone as I walked home along the beach