As mentioned in my last post, we recently got away for a week in Hawaii. What a trip!
This is a bit of a break from rocket activity, but it’s not totally unrelated – I did finish reading an excellent biography of Wernher von Braun during the flight, and I plan to write a couple of posts about that in the near future as well. And if nothing else, I needed an excuse to post a few pictures.
The Pacific Northwest is beautiful, but it can be pretty gloomy in the winter months – lots of darkness and clouds, with very little sun. This winter was particularly cloudy. Imagine day after day, week after week, with full cloud coverage, and virtually no sun. Relentless!
Luckily, Hawaii is not terribly far from Seattle: it’s just about a five hour flight. We’d never been to any of the islands before, and we decided on Maui.
The trip was a welcome relief from the despair of Seattle’s winter, and also a respite from the endless news coverage about the coronavirus throughout the country, particularly in Washington state. (See previous post.)
Below is a summary of our week’s activities in Maui, and of course, a couple of pictures.
Sunday – flight from Seattle to Maui
Monday – beach day at Kaanapali beach, dinner at Star Noodle in Lahaina
Tuesday – Drove the Road to Hana, and toured Ono Fruit Farm; dinner at Da Kitchen
Wednesday – breakfast at The Gazebo, explored Lahaina and Kihei and spent more time on the beach
Thursday – visited Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm and drove to summit in Haleakala National Park
Friday – Whale watching and snorkeling on Pride of Maui boat tour, and then beach in Wailea
Saturday – Kanaha beach, dinner at Mama’s Fish House in Paia
Sunday – lunch at the Fish Market Maui (fish tacos!) in Lahaina, and flight home to Seattle
We stayed at an airbnb in Lahaina, which was amazing. And of course, the trip was definitely punctuated by multiple trips to Costco (the only one on the island) to stock up on food and supplies, and for filling the gas tank.
Note: prices are even higher in Hawaii than they are in Seattle, and that’s saying something. But as you can see from the itinerary above, we really packed in a full week of adventure and also relaxation.
Below are a few final pictures (and, as always, check out my instagram if you want to see more).
Sometimes you have to take a break from building and launching rockets, if only to rest and recharge, and then get back at it!