A fun Maui Style weekend

Trip Start Apr 29, 2010
Trip End Nov 30, 2010

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At Steve and Tanya's place

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

We left PJ's in the Florida panhandle and headed north towards South Carolina. Then, just before Columbus, GA Terry felt a tug in the steering, looked up to the rear-view camera's monitor and had one of those gut-retching moments...he saw that one of the arms of the tow bars had broken and the car was swinging to the side.

Luckily, there wasn't any traffic to worry about and he slowed us down, which was a little bit easier because we weren't going very fast and there was a slight rise. However, we did have to stop mostly in the right lane because there wasn't a very good or wide shoulder. I got out and ran back to the car to put the brake on so we could then unhitch it, etc.

Terry then called to locate a dealer where he could buy a replacement tow bar system, which turned out to be only about an hour's drive away in West Point, GA. So, after paying several hundred dollars and a quick exchange of the old, for a new, heavy duty Blue Ox system, we were back on the road.

Our friend Jessica, who used to work for me on Maui, was in the process of moving out of her cabin in Landrum, SC, so we landed up going there to have dinner with her at her favorite Mexican restaurant. We had a good meal and lots of catching up conversation. Then we went to her cabin for a soak in her jacuzzi. Then we spent the night parked at a nearby rest stop.

The next morning we continued driving north towards Lynchburg, VA. Our former next door neighbors on Maui now live in Forest, on the west side of Lynchburg.  They have a lovely house with a fabulous backyard and pool and they even had room for us to park the RV and plug in.

It was like going home to family. In Hawaii we consider good friends to be part of our 'ohana'  (family) and it certainly felt that way with them. Their house has lots of Hawaiian decorations, Hawaiian music and lots of Aloha. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to do more than talk about our favorite Hawaiian foods.

Their daughter Shelby had several of her high school friends there, enjoying the pool and their large trampoline and all the coming and goings of 17 and 18 year olds.  On Sunday evening they were having a party for Maurice, an exchange student from Germany who was celebrating his 18th birthday, graduation and his return to Germany in a few days. We went to the Dollar Tree to get even more decorations than what Tanya already had. The theme was red, white, blue and American flags, although, on the cake she had a German flag and the writing done in German.

They landed up having about 75 teens and a few adults to keep things from getting wild, etc.   They even had several of them sleep over, scattered around the house. Over all, it was a fun and very successful party, although it pretty well exhausted Tanya, she was like the Energizer bunny that finally had to slow down.

Steve also helped me tremendously to learn how to use my new iPod Shuffle with my new laptop. He is also a talented singer and musician and has a humongous music collection. Even though they only lived about three years on Maui, they both really embraced the Hawaiian style and Steve even has studied the Hawaiian language, sings many Hawaiian songs and chants, and speaks some of it, too, which isn't easy.

They also have another friend, Paul, who used to live in Brazil and of course, speaks Portuguese. So he came over Monday evening to swap stories about Brazil and dust off our Portuguese speaking, which was fun for both of us. Whenever we make a return visit there, we will cook some delicious Brazilian foods, especially, the 'National' dish, Feijoada, which is mainly a black beans stew with pork and beef meats, plus collard greens, rice and orange slices.

All too soon it was time to leave. We found out a couple of days later that when Terry manuvered the RV around to leave, he apparently pushed their satellite dish out of place, so they didn't have any TV reception, which was a mystery to Steve and the satellite company, until the service guy came to the house and immediately saw that the dish was faced the wrong way. Oops! so sorry about that. Terry said he didn't feel or hear anything, and luckily, it was an easy fix.

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Steve "Izwatiz" Roberts on

Great recap of the visit. Can't wait to see you again when you come back through. Hopefully, with no big party planned, we can spend more time sharing and cooking! Safe travels.

Deborah Pozin on

gorgeous photos, and a great way for viewers to travel through your lens! I will look for you riding the harley!!! have fun!

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