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I enjoyed a couple of new experiences the last few weeks with our latest house guests.  One guest requested a trip over to the northwest side of the island to see the Nakalele Blowhole.  I had to admit that I had never been over there.

So, off we went.

The blowhole is north of the whole Lahaina/Napili/Kapalua shoreline area of West Maui.  Most people drive up from the south because the road narrows to one lane shortly north of the blowhole.  That’s about as far as most drivers go.

Turns out, the day we decided to drive over was a pretty huge surf day.  The blowhole was exploding!  We didn’t hike down to the base of the blowhole because the waves coming over the rocks next to the blowhole were huge.  As it was, we stayed up above the blowhole on the rocky ledge and we still got soaked from head to toe.  More fun than your average water park!  I got to do quite a bit of rock scrambling which makes me happy.  My buddy was talking to me, then he turned around and when he turned back I had already lifted myself on top of the next rock ledge above us.  He observed: “You’re very climb-y!” 

The outing was so enjoyable, I suggested to my next house guest that we drive over for a quick walk down to the blowhole.  One of my former housemates had stopped over from Oahu and had a free afternoon.  So, off we went.  This time, the surf was big but not nearly as huge.  We walked all the way to the bottom and I got more close-ups of the blowhole.

Then, with M. driving, we did the top-of-the-West-Maui drive.  Whew!  That is one long stretch of winding narrow driving.  There are two spots of road on Maui where, if you look at the map, the road seems to disappear.  The hard part about driving around the southern edge of the island is the road is not paved.  I’ve done it once with Sweetie.  I don’t remember that road being super narrow.   But there were some pretty huge craters of potholes in the dirt.  On the northwest side, this small portion of road from the north of the blowhole back around to Kahului is narrow!  It’s paved but you have to pull over for any cars coming the opposite direction.  Luckily – not many people drive it so you don’t really see that many cars.

Not my favorite way to travel on a road, but I’m happy I can now say that I have, on separate occasions, driven around the entire island. 

And here’s some Nakalele Blowhole for ya:

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So, Sweetie and I jumped on a plane today headed for sunny California!

Lucky for us, sunny California is not as sunny as it was a week or so ago.  Last week, I was hearing all about the heat wave and the 100+, 110+ hot temperatures.  But we landed in Sacramento tonight and it was downright lovely.  A little wind has kicked up and I think the temperatures will be in the cool 90s for a while.  I hope.  We’ll see.

Anyway, Hooray!!!!!! We are in California.  It has been almost six months since our last visit – probably the longest amount of time I’ve spent away from my family in a long long time.  Definitely the longest amount of time I’ve not seen my nephews since they were born.  And there was Nephew #1 with Big Sis smiling at the bottom of the escalators tonight.  I wanted to smother him with hugs I was so happy to see them both.     (I know, I know —- it’s like I just discovered these emoticons or something.  Lighten up.)

Behind the scenes here, the last few weeks, Sweetie and I have been working hard to organize his family’s biennial reunion gathering.  If you remember, I attended two years ago when Sweetie and I were engaged.  I was introduced to many many members of the extended family and enjoyed a few days of hiking, horseback riding, lounging around, and chatting with my soon-to-be-family in Utah.  It’s been two years of getting ready for the next one.  And it is in California and fell to Sweetie’s immediate family to organize.  A while ago it was handed over to Sweetie, his mom, and me.  So, I’ve been trying to get head counts, and reservations, and activities organized, and so on and so forth.  And, ready or not – the family is descending in a litltle over a week!  I’m sure to blog more about that later (or not – you may have noticed I’m notoriously bad at finishing some blogs.)

Sweetie and I flew from Maui to Oahu to catch our plane to California.  Then, of course, the plane takes off from Oahu and flies right back past Maui on its way east.  And I gotta tell you, the ocean around Maui and Oahu today was the most gorgeous I have ever seen it.  Bright light blue at the shore fading into deep shades of blue so clear, I could see the waves and the coral from the plane window.  Stunningly beautiful today.  One of those days I feel quite blessed to be living in such surroundings.

And then, flying above California, the sun on the west side of the plane was the deepest, darkest, brightest red I have ever seen as it set.  I was on the opposite side of the plane, and we were landing, so I only had a bit of a glimpse through the windows.  But wow.  Maui’s got nothing on that sunset.

So, Sweetie and I are now settling into Mom’s house.  We will, no doubt, be shuttling back and forth between our moms’ houses.  With a possible side trip to LA while we are here.   Tomorrow morning, I am walking a 5K with Big Sis and the family.  Then a little BBQ.  It’s all good.

But I gotta say – What the WHAT?!  I am in the air and out of Internet range for one day and I log into my computer tonight to find out – WHAT?!  Sarah Palin resigned as Governor of Alaska?!  Stepping down?  Not even finishing her term?  For what?  I’ve been following some of the Alaska blogs so I know about the ethics complaints, and the legislature going against her wishes to take stimulus money, and the resounding defeat of her horrible attorney general pick.  But for what?  Because the going got tough?  Because attacks got personal?  Because she felt like she couldn’t forward her agenda in her own state?

I don’t know the answer for sure.  I’m just surprised that someone who was touted as having the tenacity of a bulldog ended up giving up her elected office like a whimpering Chihuahua (no offense to Chihuahuas).  Maybe she knows of more things that are going to come to light that she can’t excuse away.  Maybe she wants to go “hike the Appalachian Trail.”  Maybe her advisors are really so stupid as to think this is the best way to launch a bid for President.  ?? Who knows.  I just honestly hope that her loyally rabid followers don’t try and turn this into what a great opportunity for her to support national candidates, or jump on the national stage, or whatnot.  In my experience, if you can’t stand tough in your own job, you have no business seeking a tougher job (and let me tell you, my old co-workers and I have stood tough for years in a workplace that can chew people up and spit them out in weeks).  Much as I think Sarah Palin is amazing fodder for crazy political stories, I stand by my earlier opinions that her rhetoric and particular brand of politics are poison, her qualifications for national office are atrocious, her viewpoints are narrow and dangerous, and I’d prefer she disappear from the national stage. 

And with that, I should sleep if I want to wake up for a fun run.  Sorry for the hodgepodge of notes here.   Just thought I’d write something before all my day’s memories are gone. 

Happy 4th of July everyone!

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