Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hawaii

We got a deal on hotel and airfare so jetted off to Hawaii for a week. Stayed at the beautiful Sheraton Resort in the town of Kaanapali, northwest Maui.
Attended a Hawaiian Luau that was held at our hotel. I had been to a luau before but this one was a lot better.


Took a scenic drive along the Road to Hana. It is 68-miles round trip with over 600 sharp turns and 59 bridges; 46 which are one lane. A lot of driving, which Scott did, but well worth the excursion.
At the end of the Hana Highway is the "Seven Sacred Pools" which is a series of waterfalls and pools that flow into the ocean.
Took my first helicopter ride over West Maui and Molokai to see the tropical forests, sea cliffs and waterfalls. Truly spectacular!

Haleakala is a massive volcano that forms more than 75% of Maui. The elevation is 10,023 feet and the temperature at the very top is between 40F - 60F. The sunrise bike tour is the most popular attraction. You ride from the 6,500 foot level of Haleakala Crater downhill 28-miles.

After our Monterey trip we didn't think we would be lucky to see more whales but I guess we were!

We had an amazing breakfast at The Gazebo Restaurant north of our hotel. We didn't realize it was so well known till we saw the line outside this little restaurant. Their macadamia nut short stacks are out of this world! Definitely a place to go if you are in Maui.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Joshua Tree National Park

Formerly a national monument until 1994 when it was promoted to a National Park. The land lies between the Sonoran and Mojave deserts
Joshua Tree
Sea of boulders
Keys View, top of Little San Bernardino Mountain. On a clear day, which is rare, you can see Signal Mountain in Mexico.

The Cholla Cactus Garden located where the upper Mojave Desert fuses with the lower Colorado Desert. It is called the cutest cactus and often referred to as the "teddy bear" cactus. Not sure why because the cactus is covered in spines that will latch into your skin on the slightest touch.
Split Rock

Monday, April 6, 2009

Carmel & Monterey

Now onto life adventures!! Scott moved to Los Angeles early 2009 until he was assigned to his next project for work. We decided to take advantage of the time off so we took a road trip to Carmel and Monterey. From Santa Monica on the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) it takes about 4 1/2 to 5 hours to get to Monterey. What an amazing drive up the PCH! This is pretty much your view all the way to Monterey.
Pacific Grove is a coastal town in Monterey county. The city has more Victorian homes per capita than anywhere else in America.
Cannery Row is their water front street filled with shops, restaurants and hotels. Was the setting for John Steinbeck's novels Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday. The area is also home to a large population of California sea lions.
Sea lions, sea lions and more sea lions....
They are so cute but very smelly!

The Lone Cypress Tree you will see in Pebble Beach along the 17-mile drive. It is estimated to be over 250 years old. The drive is a gated, two lane road with approximately 20 landmarks.
After spending a couple days in Monterey we headed down to Carmel Beach. What a beautiful place! I could definitely live here.
Pebble Beach Golf Course
We decided to book a tour to go whale watching. As the boat was heading out, we past  Seal Rock and saw more those adorable, smelly seals.
Yes that is a big Orca coming toward our boat! It was truly amazing!
Momma Orca and her babies
We had an amazing trip to Monterey and Carmel. I am glad we were able to take our time and drive up the PCH and make stops along the way. Those are the best road trips and so much more relaxing. Our next trip we will be visiting Joshua Tree National Park.
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