A few months ago, some college friends came up to spend a few days with me. We were talking about taking another girls' trip. We had taken one in 2016 to Asheville and enjoyed the trip. We talked and talked and decided to try Asheville again. When my friends left, we began messaging each other and trying to make plans for our Asheville trip.
The Asheville trip turned into a Hawaiian Trip! Now that is a trip...
One of my friends had a timeshare on the island of Maui, and she invited us to go for a week. Yes...how can one turn this down...a once in an opportunity to travel to Hawaii. .
Plane tickets were arranged ( I had to fly an extra day ) and we were OFF!!
Our flight left Atlanta on a Sunday morning. We arrived in Dallas just 20 minutes prior to our connecting flight to Hawaii. Shew!! we ran through the airport and barely caught the train (one friend actually grabbed on to the pole as the train was pulling out) but we made it!!
The flight was a little over 10 hours. I thought this would be the hard part for me...flying for so long because I am not the type of person to just sit still. But with the movies, the books, the food/drinks, and a few cat naps (even though an entire can of Coke was spilled over me..ahem) I made it.
Reservations had been made for massages. I had never had a massage before and was a little bit skeptical. The girls had helped me choose beforehand the type of massage I wanted, Thank you Ladies. The Grand Wailea is
The outside was just as magnificent as the inside.
The Banyan Tree in Lahaina was something to see. The canopy was so large. I can hardly imagine how this tree was so small and now this...
We went to a luau one evening. Great food and entertainment.
A few people told us we needed to travel to Haleakala. After the luau, we headed to pack our bags and catch a few winks before leaving at 1:30am to catch the sunrise. The temperature on Haleakala , which is a dormant volcano...is 41 degrees so we needed to dress warmly and pack a change of clothes after the sunrise. The gates open at 3am for visitors. We parked our car, decided to catch a few more winks before the sun came up, so we set our phone alarms. Our phone alarms didn't go off because one could see the pink in the sky so everyone started running toward the summit. It was cold and windy. All stood in awe as we began to see the different colors of the sky. BAM...a cloud came up and blocked the view. The tour guide said it could be 5 minutes or 5 hours no one knew exactly when the cloud would leave. Even though I didn't see the sun rise over the volcano, the sight I did see was spectacular. An amazing sight....only God could have painted.
The silver sword plant, a very rare plant grows on Haleakala. Maui and the Big Island are the only two places this plant grows.
We stopped for breakfast at this cozy place.
We also traveled the road to Hana.
The road consist of many stops to see:
And many interesting sights.
The sunsets in Hawaii are breathtaking.
Our trip had other adventures as well. We saw banana trees
We blinked...it was time to head to the airport and leave.
Before leaving we were told to return our leis back to the earth. One could throw them in the ocean...but before doing so, one must cut the string and toss each flower or hang on a tree. We all decided to hang ours on a tree.
A beautiful place to visit...and one blinks and it is time to head home.
Until Next Time....
Take Care and Enjoy Life