Once upon a time, long, long ago before there were goats the hubby and I actually took vacations together.
What a concept for a married couple!
Thanks to a father that traveled a lot and a pre 9/11 world we were able to fly on his miles.
I could tell you stories – it was a time when you didn’t need ID to get on a plane.
There is nothing like flying first class to Hawaii. (Thanks daddy!)
And this was back in the days when flying was still something more than a cattle car in the air.
We made our first trip to Hawaii in 1983 and we really never looked back.
We went over at least once a year until I got sick in 1996. We went back a few more times after that but then retirement and the farm came to call.
We visited all 6 islands at least once. We visited Maui twice and we absolutely fell in love with the Big Island. I know I’ve mentioned before that we bought a lot and were going to retire there. That is another story. Today I’m reliving Maui because a friend is making her very first visit and I promised photos. Problem is I only have one – as you can tell from the dates these trips were made in the days of the film camera. Oh we took lots of photos. Many of them were tossed as they were fuzzy or just plain bad. Then many more were tossed as I went through 20 years of photos as we downsized into the trailer and I had to pick the photos I wanted to keep in an album.
I had commented on her blog that she really should go see the sunrise on Haleakala. It’s one of the experiences I really recall from Maui and the fact that I remember it all says something given the state of my memories.
I remember the long drive up the mountain.
I remember being short of breath at 10,000 feet.
I remember the other wordly landscape.
I remember learning about the silversword – a plant that grows only on Haleakala.
I remember a most glorious sunrise.
I LOVE volcanoes. They fascinate me.
It’s probably why I love the Big Island so much. (Not to mention Yellowstone.)
You can’t tell from this very poor, scanned photo but there are reds and golds and greens to be found in the landscape once the sun comes up.
Our first trip to Maui we stayed in Bed and Breakfasts and had a lovely time touring the island. The second time we were on my father’s Marriot points and we stayed at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. Ka’anapali is a resort town on Maui and we were treated like royalty. Little gifts on the pillow at night and such.
Hawaii is a magical state and her Islands are all beautiful. Each one has a unique atmosphere and I hope someday to get back. If I don’t I do know that I have seen more of her than most people and I was very privileged to do so. I am very sorry Lin that I don’t have more photos of Haleakala to share with you but I am very much looking forward to the ones you will bring back. I thank you for letting me ruminate on such happy memories; I don’t remember a lot of my past and to be able to do so is a gift for me.