Hawaiian Vacation – Last Day and Final Thoughts.
We return to my home tonight. Well I mean, I’m already here. But you are joining me in a post made from here now. Today has seen a good deal of napping, some new video game statues, and plenty of kitty rubs. So glad to see my cats again. I suppose we should do a final recap of the trip and what I took away from it. Specifically we’ll talk a little more about the last day and the flight. I think they are good transitionary pieces.
There was a large swath of time between when we left from our Hotel and until we had to get on our flight. This created an interesting paradigm where we needed to fill in the void. Even in paradise it is difficult to find things to do before a flight. This isn’t because paradise is suddenly lost, even though in some ways it certainly is, but because the danger of “too much sun” just before a coach flight is serious. If you’ve ever wondered what could possibly make American planes less comfortable, a seemingly impossible feat, just take a flight for six hours when you’ve got bad sunburns.
Our first real stop was a plantation. I don’t recall the name nor does it really matter too much. This place was a hailstorm of life. Animals bursting out of every crack and crevice. Murky waters hid hundreds of fishes of varying sizes, every bush seemed to be full of buzzing bees, shimmering spiders, and lounging lizards. Birds bursting from every corner and enough plants to make Poison Ivy very happy. I wasn’t sure what to expect when we first got there but for a free tourist stop its quite nice.
There is more. I also saw how ducks mate. I didn’t realize quite how rapey it was. The male duck shoved the females head underwater and held it there until she let him do his thing. I’m going to put this out there and just say that ducks are kinda assholes I guess. They both did a fairly proud looking dance afterwards, so I’m not sure what to make of that other than ducks are really freaking weird. Sometimes very pretty, but always weird.
Next we traveled to a place called Iao which I took no pictures of. I will say this much. There is a “phallic” mountain there that looks, 100% without debate, exactly like a man’s face. It had the large nose, the perfect mouth and jaw structure, a thick bushy eyebrow, and clear eye ridges. I mentioned it to Bill and he instantly saw it. None of us could see the Penis that it was supposedly supposed to look like. Check out the featured image, THAT’S what a penis in nature looks like, Iao is a man’s face. I’m actually a little disappointed in myself because I should have taken one shot for this rant. It really, truly, looks so much like a face that its almost haunting.
After that we went to the absolute best Shave Ice place in Maui. It’s officially one of my favorite food places period that I’ve visited in my lifetime.
We ordered a jumbo sized shave ice with mochi, ice cream, and a sweet coconut topping, all this PLUS tip was 9.50. When you consider that we visited places that charged nearly 20 dollars for a hamburger that’s just mindblowing. Furthermore they told me that if we found any spot that wasn’t flavored we could walk up and get another hit for free. This place has apparently been around since 2002 and I genuinely hope it keeps standing the test of time. This is the ultimate example of a business doing the right thing. They are nice, their prices are wonderful, their food is tasty as all heck, and just wow. I never thought I’d be losing my mind over a pile of flavored ice but I really am. This was just the most delightful surprise on the vacation.
Presuming the picture actually uploads I’ll add a shot of what we got to this. However delicious it looks to you just know that it was even better.
After this we set out across the road to see the sunset. Appropriate really given that the sun was setting for the last time on our vacation. The next time we saw it we’d be back in “the real world”. The last chance it had to curse us was closing in. The sun raced towards the horizon giving us only a few fleeting moments to get shots before it was completely gone.
Blink and you’ll miss it.
I think this is a good place to leave it actually. I might write about American Airlines and flying in the US in general tomorrow. We’ll see.