I have always enjoyed traveling, even if it meant sleeping in a tent when I was younger. I prefer hotels and cruise cabins now, but the motivation is the same...an adventure waiting to happen. Sometimes you will find me traveling with my husband and/or family. Sometimes I will travel alone, and sometimes I will travel with friends. I hope you find it entertaining to keep up to date with me as I explore the world around me. Warning...I like to take pictures of food so don't read if you're hungry. More adventures await...see ya soon...Amy.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Maui: Our Last Day and Iao Valley State Park

the view from our balcony where we spent the morning watching the whales

Today was our last day in Maui. We have a late evening flight out so we needed to figure out how to spend our time until we needed to be at the airport. We had a nice, slow morning finishing out packing. Danny and I enjoyed taking turns with the binoculars and spotting whales from our balcony. Without the binoculars, we could see them breaching and spouting, but the binoculars brought us much closer. We were glad we brought them. We checked out of the hotel and went into Lahaina to finish last minute souvenir shopping and lunch. We ate at a local spot where I had my last delicious fish dish and some more of the fabulous Liliko'i cheesecake.

the last fabulous fish dish in Maui

another wonderful Liliko'i Cheesecake!

watching an artist at work painting Kimo's

After lunch, we drove out to Iao Valley State Park to do a little hiking. The Iao Needle is a 1,200 foot famous landmark in the park. It is known as the phalic stone of Kanaloa, Hawaiian god of the ocean. During periods of warfare, it was used as a lookout by warriors. It is actually an erosional remnant. It's at the end of a ridge composed of a denser dike stone. The softer rock around the dike stone was eroded by streams and waterfalls.

The Iao Needle

Shaka....Hawaiian for Hang Loose

After hiking in the park we drove to a local mall and changed clothes for our journey home on the airplane. We then went to Glenn's office to say goodbye to Glenn and Madelyn. We arrived at the airport in plenty of time to relax before our flight home. We have absolutely loved Maui. Danny and I tell friends that we are not "beach people". Well we are now "Maui beach people". There is so much to see on the Island and it is all so beautiful that we are already looking forward to a return trip in the future. Shaka everyone!!

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