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Hiking around the Indian Mounds

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Recently, my husband and I took advantage of the lovely spring weather in southwestern Tennessee, where we are currently camping, to get out in nature. I laced up my hiking boots, and we loaded up our dog, Chewie, and headed to Shiloh National Military Park near Savannah, Tennessee.  In addition to Civil War history related to the famous battle fought there in April 1962, the grounds of the battlefield also encompass the mounds that remain from Native Americans who lived there until about 800 years ago. You can read more about that here.

Hiking boots on and ready to go

Hiking boots on and ready to go

Jim and I have enjoyed this park several times, so today we went there specifically to hike the Indian Mounds trail, which is a little bit over a mile loop. Here are some of the beautiful shots we got while out and about.

Jim and Chewie in front of Interpretive Building for Mounds

Jim & Chewie in front of Interpretive Building for Mounds

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Scattered along the trail are this signs that help explain the people and the sites seen.

One of the smaller mounds near the largest mound

One of the smaller mounds near the largest mound

We're making our way up to the larger mound

We’re making our way up to the larger mound

Now, here are some shots from the view from the top of the largest mound, built on the high banks of the Tennessee River. We had to climb a set of stairs, located on the southeast side of the mound, to get to the top.

Information at the top of the largest mound, riverside

Information at the top of the largest mound, southeast and riverside

Looking across the top of the mound toward the river

Looking across the top of the mound toward the river

On the northeast corner of the mound, it drops rapidly and almost straight down to the Tennessee River.

Looking down from the northeast edge

Looking down from the northeast edge

Looking to southeast corner of the mound from northeast

Looking to southeast corner of the mound from northeast

We were about half way through our hike here. The three of us enjoyed the walk through woods and over bridges back to the starting point. By the time we were done, it was getting warmer, and Jim and I had both worked up a sweat.  We stopped briefly at the book store; Jim wanted to see if they had a book on a subject of interest to him. They did.  Here we are – tired (and I’m flushed) but happy – heading home.

Angela, Chewie, and Jim (L to R)

Angela, Chewie, and Jim (L to R)

BTW, I forgot to mention that not too far from the Mounds hiking trail is a tree with a family of bald eagles. That is something else one can enjoy viewing at Shiloh.

 

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We Took the Road Less Traveled

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The changes in our lives the last year and nine months have been huge, and as I reflect upon them today, in some ways it seems like it has been a much longer time. The 5th Wheel is so much home now that it is hard to believe we haven’t been living in it longer than we actually have been.

Three years ago this month, my husband and I listed our house for sale; it sold to the second family to view it. Within a few weeks, and much faster than expected, we downsized from an almost 2,700 sq. ft. home with a two-car garage to a 1,150 sq. ft. two-bedroom apartment in Metro – Nashville. We enjoyed our time in the Nashville area, but we kept looking for “what’s next.” My husband unexpectedly getting laid-off from the company for which he had worked 10 years was the push we needed.  Jim had been thinking for years about going out on his own in the consulting field, and this was the push he needed for that. While he was working a contract (thankfully) in Nashville and looking for the next “gig,” we hit upon an idea: We could buy and RV and travel together from job site to job site. (You see, that one contract was the only one in 14 years as a traveling consultant that he’d had a job in the state of Tennessee, and it was well-timed for him to have a job locally, so we could shop and plan for our next adventure.)

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The last day of September 2014, we signed the papers to purchase our 5th Wheel Trailer, and about two weeks later, we had our tow vehicle.  The time between the end of September and the middle of November, we continued to downsize, putting items with which we were not yet ready to part into a 10 x 10 climate-controlled storage unit. The temperatures dropped rapidly, and early for Middle Tennessee, so to keep from having to winterize the camper for three days, we began moving into the RV on the 13th of November; Jim would finish his contract the next day. The next five days, we wrapped up our move out from the apartment and got situated as best we could in the camper, which was parked at an RV park near the dealership from which we purchased the RV. We were then living in a camper with 321 sq. ft. when slides were out.

Our 5th Wheel Trailer and Tow Truck

Our 5th Wheel Trailer and Tow Truck

Then, we headed out to try our hand and RVing by going to Lake Guntersville, Alabama, for a three-day stay. Then, we moved to a campground just off I-65 near some of my family; we stayed there five weeks, really just shy of five weeks since we left for five days to take the camper to Paducah the week of Christmas 2014 to visit Jim’s side of the family.

Our view from the site at Lake Guntersville at sunset

Our view from the site at Lake Guntersville at sunset

It was so cold the winter of 2014, and Jim had no contract yet, so he suggested we go toward the Gulf Coast; we did, and I was so glad. We stayed in southern, Alabama slightly over two months. Then we moved to the Mississippi coast for another month. While in these two locations, Jim worked a 5-week contract – mostly remotely – for a hospital in Colorado; he then worked a 3-week contract with a hospital in Massachusetts while I hung out in Mississippi. Jim flew back and forth, so we got to get play in the warmth of the Mississippi coast together over the weekend.

Entrance to campground where we stayed in MS; the Gulf Coast is across the road.

Entrance to campground where we stayed in MS; the Gulf Coast is across the road.

His next contract, and the one he is still working, was in Corinth, Mississippi, which is in the most northern part of the state where it borders Tennessee. The nicest RV park within a 50-mile radius of Corinth is located in Tennessee between the city of Savannah and Pickwick Dam, so this is where we’ve stayed for a year.  He will wrap up this job this summer, so we are excited to know that we will be traveling again in July as we’re going to make our way to Vermont to attend the Escapade at Essex Junction where we’ll get to visit with other RVers, many of whom will be full time and working on the road like us.

Our current site south of Savannah, TN

Our current site south of Savannah, TN

This is not the road of traditional Americans; it is the road less traveled, but I’m so glad we took this path.  Jim and I look forward to many years and adventures living in our camper and traveling to wherever the jobs take us. We are living and loving life after 50 and feel like kids again living the traveling lifestyle.

Be true to yourself and have a blessed day!

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Apologies for the Absence and an Update

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I’m so sorry it has been a good while since I posted to this blog.  Quite frankly, I’ve really been living and loving life Home on the Roam with my hubby. It has kept us hopping, and if you want to read about our experiences traveling full time in an RV, pop on over to our joint blog ajhomeontheroam.wordpress.com.

Just yesterday, as I was running errands and also enjoying the beautiful weather along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I realized it is time for me to get back to my personal blog. After four months of full-time RV life, I think we are about into enough of a routine that I can re-focus on posts here as well as helping with our travel blog.  We will move again next week, and we’ll stay in an area of about 30 miles around the city of Corinth, Mississippi for the next 15 months. While we will not spend the full time in any on RV park, we will be settled, more or less, while Jim works a long-term contract there. I hope to find a job for myself for the stay, and then if all goes well, we hope (or so hope) that we can take the last half of 2016 to travel freely and fully!

We both are enjoying the lifestyle change, living and loving life after 50 and on the roam in our rig, SyGul.

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Buying American: Supporting the U. S. in Tourism

The HH and I have been wrapping up our plans for our Great American Road Trip, which is our big trip of the year, and we are so excited. As I have thought about our travel this year, all of which is in the United States, not only am I excited about the trips themselves, but I am also thrilled that we are supporting Americans. As much as possible and reasonable, our expenditures are local to where we are at the time.  Let me explain.

We love traveling! We love experiencing other countries and other cultures, but this year our travel is dedicated to exploring, experiencing, and supporting our home: the United States of America. I have read that spending an unbelievably small amount of money each week on products and services made and performed by Americans create additional American jobs, and this is almost always in the back of my mind when making decisions on how to spend our money. Travel (tourism) is just another way to support Americans.

The week of New Year’s Day 2014, we supported Pensacola Florida. While we did stay in a chain hotel, the rest of our money was spent in local restaurants and grocery stores. The end of January and first of February found us supporting the local economy of Savannah, Georgia.  We stayed with family, and when we ate out, we ate almost exclusively in local eateries. Our entertainment was taking local tours. The middle of February, the HH was sent to work on the island of Maui in Hawaii, and I went along for about week myself. Again, we supported local as much as possible.  His company rented a local house for him, and we both ate in local restaurants and shopped in local stores.  We explored the island taking tours with local people or lessons, like the HH’s surfing lessons, from local instructors.

My husband finished his work in Hawaii, and then he joined the rest of my side of the family on family vacation in the North Georgia mountains.  While we stayed in a resort, the resort employs people who otherwise might have difficulty finding local employment. It was the local grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants that benefitted from our travels to this location from all over the Eastern U. S.

Back on the road again, the HH worked for about three months in New York, and I shared a tourist long weekend with him while there.  Yes, he stayed in a chain hotel and had to rent a car from the chain business with which his company contracts, but it was the local food and sites where we spent money that otherwise might not have been spent as we explored parts of New York and New Jersey.  We even supported one of the local baseball teams with our attendance and dinner at the stadium.

All through the year, my husband and I support local in the city and county where we live as well as in the surrounding areas; we have had a blast doing things like attending plays performed at local colleges and visiting the various local restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues in our area. Check out some of these stories by clicking here, and here, and here.

Now, my husband and I gear up for the Mother of all road trips down the Mother Road: Route 66. With our itinerary set, we’ve booked our lodging and have sights set on potential restaurants.  While fiscal responsibility requires that we use hotel points as we are able, the vast majority of our nightly lodging will be in local motels or B & Bs. Here are the names of some of the local places where we have made reservations for our trip out to L. A. and back home again.

  • Big Texan Motel, Amarillo, TX
  • Crow’s Nest B & B, Las Vegas, NM
  • Globetrotter Lodge, Holbrook, AZ
  • El Trovatore Motel, Kingman, AZ
  • Route 66 Motel, Barstow, CA
  • Prospect Place B & B, Hot Springs, AR

Restaurants will be almost exclusively the local spots along the way. Here are few that we have in mind.

  • Shoeless Joe’s Ale House, Chicago, IL
  • Houlihan’s Restaurant & Bar, Springfield, MO
  • Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo, TX
  • Kix on 66, Tucumcari, NM
  • Joe & Aggie’s Diner, Holbrook, AZ

Of course, we’ll visit many, many places along way that will include, but in no way are limited to, sites such as the ones below.

  • Lincoln’s Tomb, Springfield, IL
  • Meramec Caverns, Stanton, MO
  • Museum of Pioneer History, Chandler, OK
  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Amarillo, TX
  • Pecos National Historic Park, Pecos, NM
  • Meteor Crater, Meteor City, AZ
  • Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree, CA

Enjoy yourself, and help America!

 

 

 

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Nostalgia, Romance, and Adventure – Take a Trip Down Route 66

Route 66 is classic America. Dubbed the “Mother Road” by novelist John Steinbeck in his work The Grapes of Wrath, it has also been commemorated in popular culture through songs such as Bobby Troup’s “Route 66” and movies like Pixar’s Cars.

What is it about this passage way that linked Chicago to Los Angeles prior to our current interstate system that fuels a sense of adventure, romance, and nostalgia for so many Americans, especially car enthusiasts? Driving a vintage car the entire distance between Chicago and L. A., following as closely as possible the original path of Route 66, is on the bucket list of many people. If not traveled in a vintage car, then certainly it must be done in a “muscle” car that is a modern descendant of those that actually crossed the country on this famous highway. What makes this experience so loved and desired?

My husband, like many people, has this trip on his personal “bucket list,” and if all goes according to plan, we will take this journey beginning in just slightly over six weeks. Practical me suggested we drive my car, the Ford Fusion Hybrid, that gets about 40 mpg, but the HH was offended.  “One cannot drive a hybrid on Route 66.  We must drive the Mustang!” After all, this is the 50th anniversary of the Mustang.  What was I thinking?

Jim has spent hours and hours planning this exploit, so I know it will be an amazing journey into the past while also enjoying the present. Upon our return, I look forward to sharing with you the nostalgia, romance, and adventure of the “Mother Road,” Route 66. Hopefully, I’ll also be able to tell you why I think this experience is wanted by so many others. Who knows?  You may decide to make your own pilgrimage down Route 66.

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Stray Boots: A Fun Tour of Downtown “Music City”

If you read this blog, you know that I am a big fan of Groupon, Living Social and such sites, especially when looking for fun things to do with the HH. The past weekend, we used a high-tech scavenger hunt to get us out and about around town, which I purchased at a discount through Groupon.

Mural of Nashville in Nashville

Mural of Nashville in Nashville

Saturday was the perfect day weather wise to do the tour, so with our smart phones in hand, we drove the indicated starting point (or close to it) and found a parking spot. Since I drive an eco-friendly car, I was able to get a “free parking” pass for metered spots when I registered my car this year, so we parked, hung up the parking pass on the rearview mirror, and began the adventure.

Jim in front of Wild Horse Saloon on 2nd Avenue

Wild Horse Saloon

It was an interesting morning, and believe it or not, we learned quite a bit about Nashville that we did not already know and had immense fun while doing so. For example, Tootsie’s opens at 9:30 a.m., and the venue has three levels with live music on all levels all the time they are open. All of the walking gave us the exercise we needed without even realizing it. Since I was the “head” of our team simply because I set it up, I had to submit the answers and make the pictures, but here are a few shots from the day.

Here are pictures of my husband in front of several of the places we visited on the route. I will not spoil it for someone else, but there is an interesting challenge after the Wild Horse stop that folks who like to sing in the shower may enjoy. 🙂

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I HIGHLY recommend that you go to strayboots.com to check it out as I think they have tours in about 180 cities world wide.

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Partly What I Expected, Mostly Not

New Jersey was a planned but unexpectedly nice adventure. From Tarrytown, New York, my husband and I drove down to New Jersey, and these are our experiences and my impressions of the Garden State.

Since my husband and I chose to cross the Hudson River via the Tappan Zee Bridge at Tarrytown, we didn’t enter New Jersey over any well-known bridge like the George Washington Bridge, infamous now for Bridgegate.  We did, however, travel through the heart of Fort Lee, and it seems to be a nice residential area that feeds the work force of NYC.

Then, we made it to Newark, and it was the epitome of what I envisioned New Jersey to be: old, dirty, industrial areas.  I did not like the Newark area, and even the road system in the Newark area was difficult to follow, which is why we ended up on a freeway when we wanted to travel roads that took us through communities.  Certainly, Newark is a center of commerce and travel with the port, the trains, the airport, etc. Had I gone no further than Newark, though, I would have had no desire to ever return to New Jersey.

Lucky for us, we did not stop our exploration in Newark.  For some unknown reason, I had felt drawn to make our hotel reservation for Saturday night close to or along the Jersey Shore, and since were wanted to use Priority Club points, it was to the Holiday Inn at Manahawkin we were headed. We could have booked closer to Atlantic City, but my step-mom warned me of the realties of that area, and we decided is was the Jersey Shore we wanted to see, not the gambling joints and slums.

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Playing on the Jersey Shore, Long Beach Island, NJ

To stay where we did was a good decision. After a quick nap, we went exploring and found ourselves on Long Beach Island.  It was beautiful even if mostly cloudy, windy, and on the cool side.  At the beach, we found people flying kites, jogging, playing in the sand, and walking their dogs. The tide was coming in, and the waves were magnificent.

Waves on the Jersey Shore, April 2014

Waves on the Jersey Shore, April 2014

Driving the full length of the island north to south (at least I think it was north to south), on the utmost end we found a lovely old lighthouse. Barnegat Lighthouse and the surrounding park were lovely.  Then sun was fully out by this time, and we found people fishing, walking dogs, and tourists like ourselves exploring here.

Barnegat Lighthouse

Barnegat Lighthouse

We retraced our tracks and headed south the full length of the island.  The whole time we had been looking for signs of Sandy’s damage. In the middle and northern areas, while it was obvious there was some new construction and some repairs, it was not enough to make us say, “This is because of Sandy.” When we reached the most southern third of the island, the opposite was the case. In fact, the most of the beach area was gone, and the bulk of what was left had warning signs and were barricaded.

We walked were we could, an too our surprise, when we looked off in the distance from this end of Long Beach, we could see faintly in the distance the high rises that we assumed belonged to Atlantic City.  It may not have been, but it was some large city with high rises near/on the beach of the Jersey Shore.

Is that Atlantic City in the background? Is this damage Sandy's doing?

Is that Atlantic City in the background? Is this damage Sandy’s doing?

As we had driven the full length of Long Beach, we watched closely for restaurants that were not only open but also busy as it was almost dinner time.  We stopped at a seafood place. It was busy but small, and we were not wanting to wait for 45 minutes to be seated.  Lucky for us, there was take out, so we ordered and took our food to the hotel to eat.  My husband, the seafood lover, was thrilled with his “catch.”

Sunday morning, we began our drive back to Tarrytown, New York.  This time we did not get on the freeway; we drove the road closest to the shore, and enjoyed this immensely.  A diner caught our eye at Twin Forks, and we turned around to go back to eat breakfast.  The food was delicious, and once again, we found that the servings were huge, especially for the price paid.

It was this drive that made my husband and me agree that perhaps New Jersey did deserve the title of Garden State. I’m so glad that we did not allow Newark “be” New Jersey for us because this state is much more than that city. I look forward to seeing New Jersey again now.

 

 

 

 

 

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My Visit to New York Debunks Myths

Yankee Stadium - Photo Angela Johnson

Yankee Stadium Photo Angela Johnson

This past Thursday, instead of my husband coming home to Nashville, I flew to New York. We spent about half of the time we were together in the gorgeous Hudson River Valley of New York state and one evening at Yankee Stadium. It was better than I even dreamt it would be.

Jim knew that one of the first things I wanted to see was Sleepy Hollow, the setting of Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Having worked in the area for about a month, he had already done some reconnaissance. As a result, he showed me several places relative to the story and the author, including Irving’s grave. Not far from where we stayed was Irving’s home, but unfortunately, we did not get to go there.

Headless Horseman Statue Photo by Angela Johnson

Headless Horseman Statue
Photo by Angela Johnson

After his work on Friday, we drove up the Hudson River Valley.  Even though there was only the faintest hint of green on bushes and trees, it was evident that the river valley is amazingly beautiful.  I am so happy we did this because my only impression of the Hudson River had been made in New York City itself; I saw the river as nasty and uninviting there, so seeing its beauty was wonderful. Crossing the river, we drove back down on the west side and made it across the Tappan Zee Bridge at Tarrytown before dark.

Saturday, he and I headed to New Jersey, and that is a story for another time.  We returned to Tarrytown Sunday afternoon.  After a quick shopping trip in downtown Tarrytown (I needed a new NY sweatshirt) and a nap at the hotel, we rode the train from Tarrytown to Yankee Stadium.  Again, it was an amazing experience. Yankee Stadium is, as someone said while chatting as we waited on the train, “a cathedral.” As far as baseball parks go, I have to agree.

It was our experiences at the hotel and as went to various local places to eat that one of the biggest myths I had been told and believe was eradicated. I’d heard that New Yorkers are rude and not friendly.  Based on my long-weekend experience, this is so wrong. As we walked to our hotel room the first night, I think a half a dozen people smiled and said hello. After settling into the room, my husband and I went in search of New York pizza and a local pizzeria.  We found our spot on the west side of the river.  Our server was so friendly, and the pizza, which was huge, – Oh. My. Gosh! It melted in our mouths.

The next morning, Jim and I walked across the road from our hotel to a diner Jim had found pleasing to him for dinner, but it was his first time there for breakfast. Again, everyone was extremely friendly and accommodating.  When our food came, I had to pick my chin up off the floor; there was SO much yummy food, and it had been extremely reasonable. There was no way we could eat everything served to us. You see the pattern?

Food in Eldorado Diner, Tarrytown, NY Photo by Angela Johnson

Food in Eldorado Diner, Tarrytown, NY
Photo by Angela Johnson

We had planned to eat dinner at Yankee Stadium. I mean, how could we not have a New York hot dog while there? Since we had plenty of time before the game, we stopped on our way to our seats to get our food.  The two ladies who waited on us were lovely! There were gracious and friendly and helpful.  Later on, Jim went back to see the same two ladies for popcorn and a pretzel, and they went above an beyond.

What I learned:

  1. The Hudson River Valley is beautiful.
  2. Food in New York State is delicious, relatively inexpensive, and you get your money’s worth.
  3. People in New York are very friendly.
  4. The history in the area is mind-blowing for history lovers
  5. I want to go back!

 

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Uber and Lyft “Ride-Share” Programs

Recently, I’ve tried to learn more about the ride programs of Uber and Lyft, both of which are new to the Nashville area. When I first heard about Lyft, I contemplated checking into being a driver, but I did not follow up on that. Then, I discovered that my cousin by marriage is a Lyft driver locally, so I picked his brain last night.

Buddy confirmed what I had been able to learn about Lyft; it is more relaxed and social in nature. Evidently, he stays busy driving.  I think he said that he spent 10 hours driving people around Nashville one day last week, and he also enjoys using the service himself. From what I can learn online, as does Uber, the company provides additional liability insurance to cover those who ride with Lyft drivers.  I read somewhere else that drivers get 80% of the “donations” for the lift.  To avoid regulatory issues, it is called a donation rather than a fee or charge.  Since all requests for rides and payment of “donations” for rides are handled electronically, there is no paper work to keep or cash to handle, but it does make me wonder if everyone who accepts a lift honestly pays the suggested “donation.”  I’ll have to ask Buddy more about that next time we chat.

Uber seems to be the higher scale of the two, and it even employs professional drivers as well as individuals who just want to earn a little cash in their spare time.  When I visited the web site where individuals may apply to drive for Uber, I felt that my 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid might not be acceptable, but I felt that it would be a perfectly good transportation option should I care to drive for Lyft.

One huge difference that I felt important is that the Uber app apparently gives individuals an estimate of the “donation” expected for the service while Lyft does not.  Yet, both programs provide first-time users with promo codes, and it seems that I missed the band wagon when Uber arrived in Nashville because I could have been signed up for 100 free rides had I known to do so.

I think I will give each program a try as a rider, and I may even give Lyft a try as a driver.

I’d love feedback from anyone who has used either program.

UPDATE April 2, 2014:

In today’s email, I received the following information, which gives rates and service area for Lyft rides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Pricing

The price of your ride is calculated based on a combination of time & distance:

Cost per mile: $1.25
Cost per minute: $0.20
Pickup: $1.25
Trust & Safety fee (?): $1.00
Minimum: $5.00
Cancellation fee: $5.00

Hours

Lyft is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Map

This coverage map shows where Lyft passengers can request rides. Hot Zones are our busiest neighborhoods.

Nashville Coverage Map

 

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Maui, Hawaii – My Unexpected but Much Enjoyed Adventure

As noted in the update to Weight-Loss Journey, the HH was sent to Maui, Hawaii, to work for a month, and I got to go with him. Had I not had other appointments and responsibilities here, I probably would have stayed 3 of the 4 weeks with him.  Still, the time there was an unexpected adventure – a reprieve from the harsh winter weather experienced on the North American continent this year and an affordable vacation for me.

I had to pay my own air fare, but thanks to frequent flyer miles banked by the HH’s travels, my roundtrip cost was the $10 in security taxes.  You can’t beat that.  Amazingly, not only were none of my American Airline flights cancelled or delayed; they all arrived 15 to 30 minutes early on each leg of the trip! I had to pay for my own rental car and the excursions I/we took, but that was about the only expense beyond food, which I would have had at home.

Immediately upon deboarding the plane, the warmth and humidity greeted me; it was much welcomed relief from the winter cold. Maui is beautiful; the site from the kitchen window of the house in which my husband is staying was breathtaking every morning I was there.  Though the first half of my stay was spent in an attempt to help my husband, but by Friday, I was ready to play.

The first adventure was to go to Ma’alea Bay where I embarked upon a whale watching expedition with the Pacific Whale Foundation.  My little camera was not suitable for getting the good shots of the whales – mothers, babies, and males looking for females to mate – we saw, so I purchased the pictures made on that outing by the Foundation’s photographer.  Here are a couple of those.

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Momma & Baby Humpback Whale- Photo Credit Pacific Whale Foundation

Momma & Baby Humpback Whale
Photo Credit Pacific Whale Foundation

 

Saturday and Sunday, I made the HH leave his computer and get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and lovely island.  Saturday, we drove the road to Hana, which is explained by the picture of the back of the t-shirt I bought.

This shirt explains the Road to Hana

This shirt explains the Road to Hana

After lunch in Hana, he and I drove the circle that brought us back to Kahului, where he is staying and working. We had hoped to have time to visit the volcano park, but we were too tired, and rain had developed over that part of the island.

 

Sunday, we drove the cliff road around the northwest side of the island, and it was more than expected.  You can read a bit about this in this post. After that death-defying drive, we enjoyed going underwater in the Atlantis submarine (pictured as it surfaces right before the hubby and I boarded) followed by a luau.  It was a great weekend!

Atlantis Submarine at Lahaina, Maui, HI

Atlantis Submarine at
Lahaina, Maui, HI

 

 

I wrapped up my time in Hawaii with a day-long trip to the Big Island, Hawaii, to visit Volcano Park.  While I did not get to spend as much time in the park as I would have liked, it was very interesting. If I had done my research before going, I would have learned that the volcano that has been spewing hot lava into the ocean for over 30 years quit doing so about six months ago.  Now, it is filling in upon itself and expanding it size under ground (if I understood correctly), which means I did not get to see hot lava as hoped.  All I could see was the steam rising from the crater, and that picture is below.

Kilauea, Hawai'i Volcano Park, Hawaii

Kilauea, Hawai’i Volcano Park, Hawaii

All and all, it was a great surprise to get to go to Maui, and I only wish I could have cleared my schedule to be able to stay longer.  Hopefully, the HH and I will get to Hawaii again and can spend more time on other islands.

 

 

 

 

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