The very first thing I saw when I opened my eyes in the morning was the ocean, stretching beyond my window curtains. If that doesn’t ground you, I don’t know what will. Today was going to officially be the laziest day of our trip, and possibly of any trips we’d taken before. We decided to … Continue reading Hawaiian Haze and History Trips
It was hard to leave the little island of Maui, which had won my heart with rain forest-like drives and sunsets that looked like they were from paintings. Our next stop would be Honolulu, a more urban-style Hawaiian island and also the most densely populated island of them all. We hopped aboard a full-size Hawaiian … Continue reading Honolulu Bound—Bluer Beaches and Brighter Berries
The next morning, we woke up early to prepare for our day-trip to the town of Lahaina, which is the “touristy” section of Maui and boasts some awesome beaches. The drive to get there took about 45-minutes, but it ran along a single road for nearly the length of the trip. The road snaked along … Continue reading Maui: Hula Pie and a Sunset Luau
Before we got to Maui, we’d done some reading in the road trip bible (Lonely Planet guidebook) about the Road to Hana. It’s a 45-mile stretch of twisting pavement along Hana Highway that snakes around the east side of the island, between the towns of Paia and Hana. It contains 54 single-lane bridges that crawl … Continue reading Road to Hana-Skinny Pavement & Pig Tacos
Getting to Hawaii was the real goal of this west coast adventure. It would be state #45 for Katie and #39 for me. We gained another 3 hours through the time difference and sat through another 5 ½ hour plane ride between San Francisco and the island of Maui. We managed to cram our 7 … Continue reading A Whole Lot of Aloha
Crossing the border into California, we saw the lake peak out over the horizon and happily settled into our home for the night. For an extra $20, we got a 7th floor tower room in Tahoe City (the north end) which had a freaking amazing view of the lake and a shared balcony. The room … Continue reading California SUN!