October 2007


Sunday, after an orientation breakfast and planning out our many activities for the week, the five of us made our first excursion to the beach–well, one of the many beaches on the island (between Kihei and Wailea, to be specific). I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves…

While we were there, we did quite a bit of exploring in the tide pools (you can see them among the lava rocks above) looking for some marine life. We saw a several small varieties of fish and a couple of different sea urchins–one of Dana made the mistake of trying to handle. One of the urchin’s spines broke off into her finger and released some black dye-like substance into her skin. She was in quite a lot of pain, so she and her husband went to an urgent clinic to get it taken care of. It ended up costing several hundred dollars for the procedure to remove the lingering spine. Don’t worry, she’s fine. Here she is showing off her wound.

There’s another, much funnier, version of this photo. I’ll let you guess what she’s doing in that one. ;-)


For dinner, we went to a little place Rose McGee recommended to me: Da Kitchen. It was excellent (especially for the price) and the portions were almost on the ridiculous side of large. Anyway, I meant to get a picture of us enjoying our meal, but I forgot. Sorry, Rose! I did pick up a take-out menu though!

To be continued…

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Well, Saturday was quite literally the longest day of my life. 10 hours of flying combined with a 5 hour difference in time resulted in a day that was nearly 30 hours long! I guess you could, theoretically, work a 30 hour day, eh Kyle? We left Dallas around 12:30, only to arrive in Maui at 2:30–8 hours of flying but only 2 hours of time lost. Needless to say, this will screw up your internal clock.

My parents, my friend Dana, and I traveled together and met up with Dana’s husband, Todd, at the airport on Maui. (He had to fly in a day early in order to use the free airline miles they had accumulated.) We dropped off our luggage at the room and headed to Lahaina for dinner at Bubba Gump’s–delicious as always and the view is amazing as it literally sits right on the ocean facing the sunset.

Before we headed back to the room, we stopped for a few groceries and souvenirs. Anyhow, seeing that I had only had 1 hour of sleep in the previous 36 hours, I was out for the night as soon as my head hit the pillow.

To be continued…