Iao valley

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

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Monday, September 1, 2003

This morning Erin and I took Sze to the airport. I prefer being attached at the hip to my girlfriend so saying goodbye, even for just a couple of days is not cool.

Erin and I decided to check out the Iao Valley since we were already in Central Maui. The Iao Valley is just a few miles from the airport just past Wailuku. We really didn't know what to expect. All of a sudden Wailuku ends and we drove by a bunch of houses that lined the road. Then we were in the valley which was shockingly green compared to everything else in Central Maui. The temperature was rather cool. Perhaps this was because of the hurricane that was in the area. The valley was full of rolling fog. We drove over the river and wondered how far we should go before stopping. The decision was made for us because the road ends in a parking lot. We got out and walked the steep little trails. We were exhausted and wondered what the hell was wrong with us. Erin speculated that maybe it was the altitude but since we were in a valley that excuse didn't really hold. Too bad.

A friend of mine recommended swimming in the river as a good ol' time, but since it was dreary and foggy the mood didn't strike me. We stayed dry on the path instead. We couldn't really see the Iao Needle either since it was shrouded in fog.

We got back in the car and drove to the visitor's center where there is a store and cafe. Just beyond that is a little park with scenery from different communities that established themselves on Maui. The Japanese garden, for example, had a koi pond and a replica of a tea house along with a statue of early settlers. There was also Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and Portuguese sections.

Like a couple of lazy cats we decided to head back to the condo so that we could take it easy. We napped, talked on the phone and watched cable vowing that tomorrow we would go snorkeling.

In the evening we went to Wailea so that I could take pictures of floral arrangements for my mom. She is doing the flowers for Jennifer's reception in L.A. and wanted to see if she could get any ideas from the hotels. I was rather unimpressed by most of what I saw in terms of flowers. On our way back to the car we decided to watch the sunset. It was really spectacular. I took a million pictures.

At one of the resorts Erin said she smelt pancakes. This got us into a whole discussion about maple syrup. All that talk inspired a trip to Denny's so that we could satisfy the craving. The Denny's on S. Kihei Road is fun because they have outdoor seating. The service was great, but the prices were much higher than any Denny's I've ever been to. We shared some pancakes, hash browns and a tuna salad. With tax and tip it came to about $24. Food on Maui, like everything else on the island, is very expensive.

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