|Mr Super Traveller|
|We got changed into our Hawaiian gear before landing. Even Throckmorton.|
Derek was not able to come on this trip, but I had two other fantastic fellow travellers: Mom, who joined us in Vancouver, and Bronwyn, who met us in Maui. Neither of them wanted to be my chauffeur or sugar-mama, so Derek got right on the task of sending my cards by courier.
After our coffees we would walk back along the water & I like to jump in the water at Keawakapu beach to cool off. Finley, however, did not like it the first time I did that! Here he is, trying to save me from the unseen dangers for the ocean. If this blog had sound effects, you would be muting this picture.
I took advantage of the freedom afforded by having two excellent babysitters with me. I've wanted to do my rescue diver course for a long time, so I finally did it. It was a fun course and I learned a lot. I spent my the morning of my 40th birthday pulling my instructor up to the surface, doing in water rescue breaths and pulling him up on the beach. It was a fair work-out! No photos of my course - it was too full on to stop for a photo op!
However, I will share some pics of what Finley got up to with his grandma & auntie:
1. Ate bacon. Approximately one pound.
It would be fair to say that he really enjoyed his time with them.... As long as they didn't try to take him to the beach or the pool. These were not popular places with Finley, making me temporarily wonder if I really bore this child!
Our first beach trip was to Secret Beach, which is quite aptly named. On the day we visited, there was only one other group there.
|Secret beach, all to ourselves|
As you can see, Finley was not overjoyed. Perhaps he was embarrassed to be seen with his mommy in her "sporty" sunglasses.
Auntie Bronwyn tried to lure him into having some fun with sandcastles....
But he maintained a death grip on me while proclaiming "All done beach".
I thought he might warm up to the beach as the trip wore on.... Well, we did manage to get to the point where he didn't cry at the beach. As long as you let him stay in his stroller. Here he flashes a rare beach smile for the camera.
The pool wasn't any more successful. He was OK with hanging out on the edge of the pool, perhaps sticking a foot in, but that was it. I wonder if he saw that same James Bond movie that traumatized me as a kid... the one where the woman is swimming in a pool and the villain somehow solidifies the surface while she is under water. That's all I remember about it, but it scared me!
We ate in on my birthday as my dive course had taken up a good chunk of the day. However, a few days later we had a very special treat (talk about stretching my birthday luck!) - lunch at Mama's Fish House. This is one of those places that you think couldn't possibly be up to all the hype, or possibly worth the price. It is and it is! The food is amazing and the views are pretty hard to beat. We got a front row beach front table.
|My meal: Ahi tuna|
|Mom & Bronwyn both had stuffed Mahi Mahi|
|Finley's meal (his choice!)|
|Our view - WOW!|
We did more than eat, believe it or not! I went for a dive on the West side of the island (over by Lahaina). The dive boat was supposed to go to Lanai, where I dove once before, but the weather prevented us. That was disappointing - Lanai is famous for its lava caves & black coral. Hopefully next time I'll have more success.
|Here is one of the last photos I took before I killed my "waterproof" camera|
|An artist at work|
|My sunset photos sometimes look like this...|
|But often I was just lazy & took a photo from the lanai while I hung out with mom & shared a beer with...|
|He looks like a surfer dude, right?|