Last Hawaii Post… But Certainly Not the Least! Hiking in Maui!

Happy Friday!!! Woo!! We have almost made it to another weekend!!!  We only have a few plans this weekend, which I am all about, but I am sure the plans will pile on as the day goes on. 🙂

One of my favorite outdoor activities is hiking!  When we were living in Utah we frequently woke up on the weekends with hiking being at the top of our priority list for the day.  After being in Dallas where there is no hiking, we sure are happy to have a few hills in Tennessee.  But they are nothing like the mountains in Hawaii!

My sister’s boyfriend’s friend happened to be in Maui the same time we were there.  He takes a family vacation to Maui ever year and knew all the good hiking trails… or so we thought. 😉

Once we arrived at Iao Valley State Park , we parked and headed for the path.  We followed the path until the end, which isn’t very far.  Then we were led over a guard rail to the “real” hike.

This picture doesn’t even do this view justice.

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The hike began quite easy, but got difficult really quickly.  There was a lot of brush and MUD.

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Taking in the views while trying not to get eaten by mosquitoes and stuck in the mud. 😉

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Once we got going it was a pretty neat hike, but way way wayyyy too muddy for my liking.  🙂

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On Friday we did the hike that was near our condo we stayed at.  We had been eyeing it all week long so we decided to give it a go.  From the bottom (and in this picture) it doesn’t look steep at all… but I can assure you that it was very very steep.  It was almost like steps up onto rocks the entire time.  The top is about an hour and a half up to the windmills.  We made it about halfway before turning back. 🙂  My husband was a little winded. 😉

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Hiking/walking/running are some of the best ways to explore a new place and get a little exercise!  We had such a fun time!!   Although I have probably 500 more pictures of Hawaii, this is officially my last little recap of our vacation!!! We really enjoyed our time on all our adventures and would highly recommend a trip to Maui!  I can’t wait for our next adventure!!  

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the cooler weather coming through!  If you are in Florida, please stay safe!! Thinking of you all. 

Questions:

  1. What are you all up to this weekend?
  2. Favorite place you have ever gone hiking?
  3. Favorite TV show currently?

Hawaii continued… Mama’s Fish House & Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Good morning!!!  I am up bright and early for a walk with my dogs and a workout before getting ready for work.  On the days I start my mornings with a nice walk and a workout I feel so much better and more ready to tackle the day.  I feel like I have more energy and make healthier choices too.  

We have been working hard on getting our new dining room farm table finished.  We are still trying to figure out the exact color/stain/whitewash tint we want it, but it is coming along and I am excited to show you guys soon!  I am pretty proud of my husband for all his hard work!

Back to my final recaps of our recent trip to Hawaii!  After my brother and dad left, we still had two more days in Maui.  Thursday night we had dinner plans at Mamas Fish House.  We had heard great things about this place so we were excited!  

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We quickly realized that we accidentally made reservations for the next Thursday, but we decided to wait for a table anyway.  We were all so hungry and I think they could tell we were a little frustrated (out fault, not theirs) so we were pleasantly surprised when we got seated rather quickly and received a complimentary bottle of champagne.  

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This was beyond gracious of them and we really appreciated the hospitality.  

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We all split a few appetizers, but the crab guacamole was my favorite!  

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I got the tuna and it was incredible!! We left stuffed and very happy!!  

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Friday night we had plans for a sunset cruise that left at the marina near our condo.  

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We had such a fun time sipping drinks, eating yummy food, and chatting all while cruising on the boat.  

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Love these peeps!  

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It was such a wonderful last night in Maui!!  

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My next and final Hawaii post will share pictures of the amazing hiking we did on the last days in Hawaii!!  Have a great day yall!!

Questions:

  1. What is one place you are dying to visit?
  2. What is your favorite workout at the moment?
  3. What are you most looking forward to during fall?

Labor Day Weekend Recap 9.4.17 Family Fun at Lake Burton

Hey guys!! How are you?  How was your long weekend?  We made it back from the lake Monday afternoon, but had the best weekend away.  We left Friday after work for my in-law’s lake house in Georgia with my dad, brother, our pups and my mother-in-law.  We got in late on Friday night and went straight to bed. 

On Saturday morning, we took a walk with the pups then hit the lake!!  Our dogs aren’t spoiled at all….

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This little munchkin did some tubing!!  

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And made a new friend at the marina after he got some ice cream!  I am still trying to convince him that dogs are better than cats… he disagrees.  

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Saturday afternoon we played some ping pong and took turns on the kayaks in the cove before loading up on the boat with some drinks and appetizers for a little sunset cruise!

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The pups were pretty happy they got to tag along. 🙂

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My dad and brother. 

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My dad tried all day long to catch a fish and finally did later Saturday evening! 

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Sunday morning we all piled in the car and headed to a nearby trail for a short hike!

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The short hike led to a beautiful waterfall!

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Jacob leading the way. 

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The crew minus my dad, the photographer. 🙂 

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Me, my brother, and my daddy!

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After our hike, we hung out on the boathouse for a while before taking out the jetskis!  Jacob couldn’t get enough!  He likes to go fast!!!  My dad last about 5 minutes. 🙂

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We had such a nice relaxing weekend filled with lots of fun activities and fun family time, but we were all a little tired when we got home on Monday.  Riley headed straight for a nap with his “friends.” 😉

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Later that night he decided I was a better pillow. 🙂  I just can’t get enough of this pup! Don’t you guys worry… Callie gets all the love too… she was probably just hiding in a corner during this picture… she is a funny one. 🙂 

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That about sums up our weekend at the lake!  We are so fortunate our families get along so well and we can all be together on long holiday weekends!! I hope you guys all had a fun and relaxing weekend as well!! I will be back later this week for my final two recaps of our trip to Hawaii!!

Questions:

  1. Did you travel anywhere for Labor Day?
  2. What was the best meal you had this weekend?
  3. Did you get to do any outdoor activities this weekend? Lake? Pool? Hike? 

Maui Ocean Center and the Haleakala Crater at Sunset

Hey guys!! How was is your Labor Day weekend going?  I am soaking up the last few hours of vacation in Georgia before heading back to Nashville.  Today I am continuing on with my recap of our Hawaiian vacation!  

We heard great things about the Maui Ocean Center and since we were staying so close to it, we walked over one morning to explore.  We got to see all different types of fish.  

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Swimming in the coral. 

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My favorites are the colorful ones.  I said, “That orange one looks like nemo.”  My little brother was quick to let me know that the orange fish was in fact NOT nemo. 🙂

More turtles up close!

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There was a tunnel you walk through that is surrounded by a tank filled with sharks!

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Eeeek!  A little too close for comfort!  

The sign we are all making in the picture below is “shaka” which is the Hawaiin sign for hang loose or aloha. 

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Another activity we knew we wanted to do in Maui was drive to the top of the Haleakala Crater.  The best time to go is either sunrise or sunset.  Since the sunrise spots fill up quickly, we opted for the sunset drive and a little more sleep in the morning (it is about a 2 hours drive up so you have to get up around 3am to make it there on time).  We saw this pretty rainbow on the drive.  

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In about 2 hours you drive from sea level to 10,000 feet in elevation above the clouds!! 

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The roads are windy and small so if you get car sick, you should take some Dramamine.  

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We drove up and up and up and finally made it to this parking lot where visitors come to watch the sunset.  

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We actually hiked up another 10 or 15 minutes to be at an even high vantage point.  If I hadn’t been there I would think these pictures were fake! 

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It was easily the highlight of our trip and the most beautiful view I have ever seen!

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The back side of the crater. 

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Jonny and I at the top!

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Dad and his kiddos at the top!

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I could look at these pictures all day.   Nature is so beautiful. 

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Questions:

  1. Have you ever been to a volcano before? 
  2. Do you prefer sunrise or sunset?
  3. How was your Labor Day weekend? 

 

 

Vacation in Maui continued… Doing all the Adventurous Things Like Ziplining & Snorkeling

Hey friends!! Happy weekend!!! I hope you are able to enjoy this long weekend with lots of fun and relaxation.  Have you guys all gotten the rain from Harvey?  We did on Thursday night and it was a lot!  Stay safe out there!  (Everyone affected by Harvey is in my thoughts and prayers.)

When my sister first brought up the idea of ziplining, I was not immediately on board.  Heights just aren’t my thing and hanging by a wire is less than desirable to me. 🙂  But soon after I came around and decided to just conquer my fear and do it.  We all got on board (yes, even my 10 year old brother…if he could do it, I could too.) and were off to the plantation where we were going to zipline.  

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I may look calm and collected, but I assure you I was thinking this could be the last selfie of my life. 😉 

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The ziplining course was not near as scary as I thought it would be.  There were 5 pretty short lines that we zipped across in pairs.  

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I was very nervous on the first one, but got more comfortable each time.  

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I even let go of the handlebars a couple of times… can you believe it?! 😉 

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One activity that I knew I wanted to do in Maui was snorkeling.  I love to snorkel and try to do it anytime I am somewhere tropical.  We Four Winds to do our snorkeling adventure with and it was absolutely amazing.  

They provided breakfast, lunch, and drinks and all the snorkeling equipment.  We went snorkeling at the Molokini Crater and got to see tons of different types of fish.

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 I am just mesmerized every time I get to snorkel.  Ocean life is so beautiful.  

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We even got to see a couple dolphins swimming near the boat.  They are my favorite. When our snorkeling trip came to an end, we hopped off the boat and saw tons of huge turtles swimming around at the dock.  There were big rocks by our condo and the turtles would swim there every day too.  These are some large turtles!!  

I have a few more recaps from our trip to Hawaii and I hope to complete those all next week!!! Have a wonderful rest of your Labor Day weekend!

Questions:

  1. Have you been snorkeling or scuba diving?
  2. Are there any sales you are looking forward to this weekend?
  3. What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?  Mine was mountain biking in Utah… it was a little to scary for me.  🙂

 

 

Trip to Maui continued… When in Hawaii, You Must Attend a Traditional Luau

Woo!! Its Friday!!! Who else is doing a happy dance today?  I am hoping today flies by quickly so we can get out vacation at the lake started!  Speaking of vacations… I am continuing on today with my recap of our vacation to Hawaii!

When we first began planning our trip to Hawaii we immediately that we wanted to attend a traditional luau.  Unfortunately with our lack of preparation, all of the best luaus were all booked up.  But, fortunately we were able to get on a waiting list and we found out the day before that there was availability for us the following evening!  

We read all the reviews online and were able to get a table at the Old Lahaina Luau.  We were on our way!

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We were greeted with mai tai’s (the traditional Hawaiian drink) when we got there.  

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It is hard to see in this picture, but my sister and I were given little white flowers that we were to put behind our right ears symbolizing that we were taken.  If you are single, you put the flower behind your left ear.  

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My sweet little brother and his juice “mocktail.”

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We all got as festive as possible for the luau! 🙂 

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We were given our leis and we headed to the beach for some bright pictures. 😉  

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Me and my sissy. 

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My sweet man.  

My dad and bro in their cute matching shirts.  

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We ate a buffet style dinner with all the local Hawaiian dishes (so yummy) and had some yummy drinks too.  After dinner we relaxed and watched the show.  They performed many traditional Hawaiian dances and chants.  It was really fun to see!  

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By the end, we were exhausted!  I think we all fell asleep in the Uber ride home. 😉 

I am off to get this day started!!  I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!!!

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite cuisine?
  2. What are your plans for Labor Day weekend?
  3. What are you having for breakfast today?

 

Vacation in Maui Continued… The Road to Hana

Good morning!!!  How are you guys doing today?  I am thankful we are getting close to the weekend…although it feels like I still have quite a bit to do before then.  Today I am going to recap the next part of our Hawaiian vacation! 

On Monday morning we had planned to wake up early and get on the road to tackle the Road to Hana .  We knew this would be a long day, but after some research we knew this definitely had to be on our itinerary.  

Hana is a very small little town, but there is a reason they say to do the “road to Hana.” This adventure reminds me of the saying, “It is not about the destination, it’s about the journey.”  The road is beautiful and windy and lush.  It is even a little scary at times.  There are tons of stops along the way with short hikes, waterfalls, caves, and other sites to see.  We packed a cooler full of snacks and drinks and headed out around 9am.  Our first stop was this overlook with HUGE turtles and great surfing.  No, we didn’t surf.. we just watched!

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The next stop was this short little hike to a couple water falls.  

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We opted for the easy hike after we realized the hard one included crossing a creek.  We are adventurous, but not that adventurous. 😉

Sweet Jacob helping dad.

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The boys. 

The next stop was a beautiful lookout with huge rocks and waves crashing on them.  

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It was a little bit bright out. 🙂 

Admiring the beauty and throwing rocks. 

Love my sister and my brother. 

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We remind him how lucky he is to have two sisters at every chance we get. 😉 

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Us with our boys. 

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The next stop was this little park.  Doesn’t this picture look fake? 

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The “kids.”

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Dad and his kiddos. 

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Me and Jonny.

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The park had stairs down to a beautiful beach with a cave.  So neat!

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We stopped at a few more places along the way with waterfalls and swimming holes.  It was truly an amazing experience.  We made it all the way to Hana (about 2 hours with no stops) and had lunch at a little cafe on the beach.  We ate poke (raw fish – tuna) and burgers and then piled in the car for the long ride back through the curvy roads.  If you ever make it to Maui, I highly recommend this tourist attraction!  I will be back soon with more Hawaii recaps!!  

I want to take a minute to say thank you to all my readers!  This blog is a huge passion of mine and I just love seeing your comments and reading your blogs (to all the other bloggers who come to my page).  I really enjoy sharing my life with you and although it has been quite sporadic since our move to Nashville this year and transitioning jobs, I try my hardest to be consistent with my posting.  If there is anything you would like to know about me or if you have a topic you would like me to post about, I am all ears!  I love getting feedback and am happy to hear any suggestions!!  I hope you all have a wonderful day!! XOXOXO

Questions:

  1. Do you like car rides? Or do you prefer to travel by plane?
  2. What is your favorite road trip snack?
  3. Have you ever tried poke or ceviche?