Weekend Update: 2/16/14–Maui!

Hey! Happy Monday. It’s happy for me because we are in Maui for the week. I am here for a medical conference (Primary Care Update) and Scott decided to tag along. . . The only downside is that I have to spend each morning in the conference while Scott gets to soak up extra sun time. Oh well, I can’t really complain, right? I am in Maui!

But let me back up. ..

Friday was all about getting ready for our trip. And celebrating Valentine’s Day. I filled a bag with some treats for Luke, Abby and Scott. Luke loved pulling everything out of the bag. Pretzel M and Ms for Scott, bones for Abby, and Luke got a few of his recent favorite things – suckers, stickers and crackers. And an Elmo card. Smile 

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And I got chocolate too. That Ghirardelli bar = amazing!

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And I treated myself to a Caribou caramel skim latte.

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Thankfully, in between all the packing, I had time to do bodypump. Chris let me borrow her DVD of BP release 80 –> awesomeness. And I think that the bar looks much better with pink sparkly nails.

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And one more trip to the new house to check it out. . . drywall is going up in the basement!! This week while we are gone, they are supposed to be putting in flooring upstairs!

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Saturday morning we dropped Luke off with Grandma (my Mom) and headed to the airport. And of course, had to pick up some coffee.

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And Maui is super far away from MN – 3 hours to Phoenix and 6.5 hours to Maui. That is way too much time on an airplane.

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Thankfully, it was sorta worth it – the view from our hotel room.

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We are staying at the Westin. And their lobby is amazing – koi pond, flamingos and a waterfall.

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Our firs morning here, we consulted Yelp (<—I love that app while on vacation) for a good breakfast location. And for the first time, Yelp failed. Worst. breakfast. place. ever. My latte was over 1/2 whipped cream. The French toast was soggy. And the place was just weird. Oh well..  .

And then we decided since so many people recommended that we had to drive The Road to Hana (including Shelly), and Sunday was the only day we had the whole day free, we hit the road to check it out.

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The drive takes about 2-4 hours depending on how many times you stop along the way. The road is super curvy and you can only drive about 10-15 mph the entire time. And you have to stop a lot to let other cars pass the other direction because the road isn’t very wide. We picked up the Hana Audio Tour which basically talks you through the whole trip and gives you tips on which attractions to stop for and check out. It was super helpful.

We probably stopped about a dozen times over the trip. We are staying in West Maui, so it took us about an hour to get to the start of the road. About 4 hours to drive the Road to Hana and then we circled around to drive back to our hotel – and that took about 3 hours. Long day! We got to see some pretty cool sites. My only complaint was that the road was so curvy, I spent most of the time feeling car sick. So, if you are prone to car sickness at all –> skip this trip!

Here are some pictures from along the Road to Hana.

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Black sand beach –> where lava flowed down and was broken into lots of super small bits from the cold ocean water.

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Lots of waterfalls on the trip.

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We were spent after getting back. All I wanted was some chips and salsa, so I consulted Yelp again and found an very highly rated food truck and we decided to check it out. . . #fail. The tacos were just ok, overpriced and no chips, no margaritas. Thankfully, Peggy and Brian – who are here for the week with us – joined us for dinner, so the conversation helped to save dinner.

Then, we got back to the hotel and watched a little bit of the Olympics – and Bode Miller get the bronze medal. How hard to watch was that interview?

And then since the 4 hour time change is killing us – we went to bed at 10pm!

Up early this morning – coffee in hand – for the conference.

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Looking forward to a run this afternoon, some beach time and then a Luau tonight!!

What were you up to this weekend?

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16 Responses to Weekend Update: 2/16/14–Maui!

  1. Oh it looks gorgeous so far!! I hope you get to enjoy some of your time there outside of the conference!
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  2. Kim

    Oh – Maui!!! Gorgeous pictures!! Enjoy your time there. I have some friends who are there right now, too – sort of jealous that they are escaping some of the scold and snow but hoping that they (and you) have a great time!
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  3. Elizabeth @ my neon running shoes

    Enjoy every second of your time in Maui!!! Enjoy a few for me too haha!

  4. Beautiful views! Oh my goodness! I’m so happy for you that you are there! Enjoy the warmth as much as possible—we got a whole lot of snow up here in the North! 😉
    You are bound to have some better luck with your next restaurant choice.
    Have a great time my love!
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  5. Love love LOVE seeing this pics! Keep em coming and have fun!!
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  6. Great pics! It looks like you are having a good time so far.
    There is a really curvy switch-back road from Flagstaff to Sedona that has beautiful sights to see. The driver doesn’t see any of them because he/she is just trying not to drive off the side of the mountain!
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  7. Looks like you guys are having an amazing time!!!! Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip.
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  8. Great pics!! I’m going to Maui for my honeymoon in August. I’ve read so much about the Road to Hana, we can’t wait to go exploring! We’re driving the roads as scary as it is made out to be? Did you stop for any banana bread at the little stands?
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  9. Hawaii is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places I’ve ever been…but man, that plane ride! You’re right – it is too long to be on an airplane. Can you imagine making that flight with a small child?

    But after a few cocktails poolside the plane ride doesn’t seem so bad, right? 😉
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    • KT

      Laying on the beach helps. . . but I think it will be a while before we come back. We would love to go to New Zealand at some point but oh man, that flight time! And NO I can’t even imagine to do that long of flight with a child/baby!! Craziness.