Trip Start Apr 08, 2013
39Trip End Sep 25, 2013
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We arrived in Honolulu and headed straight for the famous Waikiki beach where we saw our first turtles swimming in the water off the boardwalk! We sat and had a drink and watched the surfers ride the huge waves which this beach is famous for. Over the next few days we discovered some of the beautiful island of Oahu, including a trip to pearl harbour. We enjoyed the home and hospitality of alan and Barbara who were great company and helped us discover some of the off the beaten track Oahu. One day, after driving round the north of the island, we stopped at a beach and found turtles coming out of the water to bask on the beach
What a great privilege to experience these wonderful creatures close up.
It was a difficult choice to leave Oahu and make our way to the island of Maui but we have become so used to only spending a few days at a time in one place. We start to get itchy feet if we stay any longer and feel the need to move on, however beautiful and seductive a place is, there is always more to discover!
Maui was chill out time, we relaxed in a hotel on the beach and spent days doing nothing but enjoying the sea and the sun and we LOVED it. I actually plucked up courage and snorkelled for only the second time in my life and saw beautiful brightly coloured blue and yellow fish swimming by the reef and turtles in the distance
We only ventured away from our slice of heaven for two days. Once to drive to the volcano on Maui and the other to drive The Road to Hana. On the drive up to the top of the volcano we looked DOWN on the clouds as we spiralled round and round the ascent, 10,000 feet above sea level. And when you get to the top, the freezing wind almost blows you off your feet. Still there were people climbing on top of walls with sheer drops behind them to pose for their must have photo. Crazy. Pretty cool though to be in a world above the clouds, with an erupted underworld at your feet.
And The Road to Hana ...
When we stopped to eat the soggy sandwiches we had bought in the morning, a troop of cats joined us from nowhere, along with a ferret-looking thing which definitely took second place in the pecking order! The cats looked like they were well fed and cared for but lived as wild cats in the mountains. They joined us for lunch of soggy sandwiches then disappeared back into the bushes.
Hawaii wasn't the paradise I had imagined but we had a fantastic chilled out time and I was sad to leave the relaxation and sea and sand. It took a while to get my head around being back on the mainland and to having to think on our feet again. Being back in a city felt weird and alien and we had to readjust to planning, booking, driving and the relative fast pace of being on the road again. But it all came back after a while and we started off in San Diego for the start of our journey through California.