Let the camping begin

Trip Start Aug 17, 2003
Trip End Sep 03, 2003

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Tuesday, August 19, 2003

After sleeping like the dead we decided it was time to get this adventure on the road. We headed to West Maui to set up camp. On the way there we drove through Central Maui and saw beautiful sugar cane fields. We decided on Camp Pecusa, a privately owned campground run by the Episcopalians. We picked a spot about 20 feet from the ocean.

The water was gorgeous but the shoreline was not very suitable for swimming due to murky waters and rocky pebbles and such. We attempted to play in the water but admitted defeat after having our feet jabbed and poked at while trying to walk into the water.

There were these peculiar trees all over the campground that had fruit or seeds that looked like french fries. While walking back to the tent after walking along the beach, Nadine saw what she thought was a french fry and grumbled about how people should not be littering on the beach. She later realized that it was just one of the faux french fry from the french fry tree as demonstrated from the pictures that we included with this entry.

Camp Pecusa is a really pleasant little campground for $6 a night. The grounds were kept very clean, with beach chairs and picnic tables available at each tent site (complete with Jesus candles). The tent sites also had carpet installed under the grass and ground (sorta like sod) so it was nice to pitch your tent on it. Very comfy. :) They also had a solar heated shower that was enclosed so you could get nicely showered. Very clean porta pottys too.

After we got the tent set up and the car unloaded we decided to drive up to Lahaina which is about 6.5 miles north. Lahaina is cute, but very touristy. We walked in and out of the shops for a couple of hours all along Front Street, bought a plastic lei, some necklaces and two sarongs. We saw the gorgeous Banyan Tree in front of the old Courthouse that was unbelievably huge. On the way back from Lahaina, we stopped by this stretch of white sand beach and had some fun playing in the water. It was nice to be able to just pull over and hit the water since there were just miles and miles of shoreline to play with.

Back at camp, we showered and changed. Consulting our "Maui Revealed!" book (which in my opinion, is the best book ever to use when visiting Maui), we decided to check out the Aloha Mixed Plate restaurant back in Lahaina. We both tried out the ahi mixed plate, which wasn't too great, but the sunset we caught while at dinner, was magnificent. The sunset was accompained by some rather pleasant music coming from a luau that was happening next door.

After dinner, we wanted to look for a place with internet access and after asking a local, we were directed to BJ's deli a little north of Lahaina. After driving for a bit and not finding the place successfully, we decided to just drive back to Camp Pecusa. We fell asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the beach. West Maui is really windy though so we had to get use to sleeping in the tent with strong winds blowing on it all night. Other than that, it was a rather peaceful night.

Nadine and Sze
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