Friday, January 20, 2012

Aloha Means Happy Birthday

(Maui) – To my way of thinking, if you spend twelve hours flying from the middle of the mainland to a tiny group of islands that are close to absolutely nothing else, you owe it to yourself to quickly become acquainted with the Pacific Ocean.

And so begins our great Hawaii vacation. Aloha from Maui, where the view from the balcony of our room does not disappoint. It's four hours earlier here than it is at home, so we were up before sunrise. Here's how it looked at first light.

We have plenty of time, so I think we’ll ease into this trip a little.
We’ve received lots of advice from friends about all the activities we must do, and maybe we will get to many of them. Day one, though, is set to be about acclimating, adjusting to the remarkable time difference and just relaxing. There may be a drink or two involved in our day.
Our options are limited for (hopefully) a short time because our bags haven’t actually arrived. This is not a surprise, because we had a tight turnaround in San Francisco: 25 minutes to change planes. We made it. The suitcases did not.
It doesn’t really matter; anything of real value we brought with us was in our carry-ons.
This trip is to celebrate my beautiful bride’s 50th birthday, which is January 21st. This is where she wanted to wake up on the day she turns 50. So far, she’s all smiles.

Now, if you’ll excuse me…there’s a fruity rum-based drink with my name on it around here somewhere.

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