So, 8 days later and I am finally getting around to summing up our last day in Hawaii. I think this was my way to hold on to just a piece of the fun and warm vacation we were on just a little over a week ago. But now Thanksgiving has come and gone and December is almost here so I guess it’s time to just suck it up and admit that Vacation is over and Winter is upon us… so onto warmer thoughts…
Saturday November 19th started with a 6 mile run up and down the beach. I really wish running had been more practical in Kauai because running with the ocean to my side is one of my favorite things in the world! I got in 6 very good and fast miles and came back to a last morning of our favorite Hawaiian Nature Pancakes – so freaking awesome! Then we changed into swim gear and headed across the street to the Beach! We sat in the sun for awhile and then ventured into the ocean to do a little snorkeling. I mainly floated in a noodle but did finally toughen up and stick my head in the water After soaking up our last few rays of sun, we headed back to the condo to grab some lunch before our last vacation road trip - Haleakala Crater.
We drove our fine vessel Pip about an hour up to the summit of the volcano. I truthfully thought this was not going to be much of a trip but for some reason really wanted to see it. Well, I was very pleasantly surprised by a very awesome experience… being ABOVE the clouds! I guess the summit of the volcano is 10,023ft above sea level so sure enough, the low hanging clouds were left behind as we continued our accent.
At the summit, we walked around a bit (the air was pretty thin up there…) and took a ton of pictures. It was actually really cool, we could see the smoke from the active volcano on the big island from the top of this inactive volcano!
We started our decent back down for dinner (my birthday dinner I might add ) and could not decide where to choose. We ended up picking Honu Beach & Seafood Grill and this ended up being the most delicious decision ever!
I got a Mai Tai to drink, of course and then we were brought a house appetizer, deep fried chickpeas! Oh my, new favorite!!! I also had the Coconut Butternut Squash soup because I was starving, shocking And then my main meal was a Margarita Pizza on Gluten Free crust. This was probably the best gf pizza I have ever had!
The view from this restaurant was also unbelievable. We could see Lanai and Molokai as well as a bunch of sailboats moored in Lahaina and a northern Maui city all lit up at night.
To conclude our last Hawaiian meal, we got a special gluten free brownie/vegan chocolate mousse cake that was also very delicious. I even got a special candle to celebrate my birthday.
After dinner, we headed to the airport to start the long trek home… we started the trip on a rather questionable note, 2 hours getting checked in and through the security line in Maui but after that it was pretty smooth sailing. The flight to Denver was about 6 hours and I think I actually “slept” for most of it so it went by very fast. Then we changed planes in Denver to head to Milwaukee. This flight was only about 2.25 hours and also went by with no issues. It is interesting how the flight home was so much quicker and less painful that the trip getting TO Hawaii! But either way, the cold Wisconsin air was greeting us all too soon and with that change in the weather, came the end of one of the best vacations I have ever taken.
I am so happy we had such an excellent time, excellent weather, delicious food, lots of fun and crazy times. I think I will have to begin the count down to the next tropical vacation (even though that is years away) just to try to make it through the cold boredom that greeted me in Wisconsin!! Although there was one certain little puppy dog that was beyond excited to see us so I’ll just be happy for that! Mahalo Hawaii for giving us such a good vacation. Until next time!