We have a lot of life going on right now, so I haven’t been a great blogger. I want to finish up our Hawaii trip, because I have a lot of exciting things coming up in the next few months to share. Stay tuned!
Anyway, one of the coolest things we did in Maui was driving the road to Hana. If you don’t know what that means, picture a road full of hairpin turns and elevation changes. Somewhere they tell you how many turns there are, but I don’t know how you would even count them because the whole thing is just nonstop curves. Thank you Theodore for driving that beast. And to the rest of my family for letting me sit in the front seat!
What do you do on the road to Hana? Well, there are tons of waterfalls and other scenic areas you can pull over to see along the way. One of my favorites was the beach shown above. It had some cool volcanic rock formations, and a black sand beach. Had we not had a two year old along, we would have loved to hike to the red sand and green sand beaches as well, but those are supposed to be a lot harder to get to. I laugh when I look at the picture of Ted and I above. We had no idea how soaking wet we were going to be in just a few hours. I mean look at that sky, right?
Wrong. We decided to do this hike once we got to Hana to see the 7 sacred pools. Hana is on the rainy side of the island, where the weather can turn on you pretty quickly. The hike was amazing and completely worth the soaking. It started out fine, and started getting wetter the farther we went, but it was a warm rain, so we really didn’t mind. I mean, we looked like we all jumped in one of the pools with all our clothes on. I could literally wring out my hair and shirt like I had taken a shower.
This little munchkin was an absolute trooper. After riding in the car for several hours, she was more than happy to hike along with us. She walked a good part of the way herself, and we took turns carrying her on the rocky or tricky parts. She absolutely loved every minute of it.
One of the most gorgeous parts of the trail was through a bamboo forest. This bamboo was about 20-30 feet tall and it felt like a fairy tale or something to walk through it. Part of the trail was this great boardwalk, but most was just rocks and dirt. And tree roots. Lots of tree roots.
In all, it took around 4 hours, plus a few stops to get to Hana. We drove there and back in a day, but if I had the chance to do it again, I would plan to stay overnight there and head back the next day. It would have been fun to do a little more exploring and find more hiking trails, but it was a lot to pack into one day.
Traveling with a toddler definitely makes things different. Ellie has been exposed to a lot in her short life, so she’s usually along for whatever we throw at her, but there are just some times where you have to lower your expectations. We obviously can’t take her snorkeling or scuba diving yet, so we decided to do the next best thing and go on a submarine ride together. The tour we went on sent out a few scuba divers to retrieve animals from the ocean and bring them up closer to the windows, which was a perfect way to keep Ellie’s attention. She loved it and kept talking about the “scuba guys” for days afterwards. We even got to see an octopus!
And a sea urchin. We saw lots of colorful fish and coral too. Ted and I had already been whale watching once on a trip to Boston, so my parents and brother did that while we were on this boat. We all actually were able to see lots of whales from pretty much anywhere on shore throughout Maui too. Apparently February/March is peak season to see them. It was so fun to spot a water spout, or see them slapping their fins or tails around as we were out and about.