Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Hana Highway

Zach and I have taken quite a few scenic drives within the last couple of years, and I'm happy to report back to the blogosphere that the Hana highway is one of the most beautiful drives we've been on to date (subtle hint to friends and family to start saving your dollar bills for plane tickets :). The legendary road to Hana is a 63 mile loop consisting of one-lane bridges, hairpin turns and is filled with island eye-candy. I felt like we were driving through a movie set with lush rainforests, rushing waterfalls, and some pretty crazy trees and plants. "What the shit? Is this real?" ran through my head more than once that day.


The highway has pull offs every mile or two that offer hiking, swimming in pools and waterfalls and scenic overlooks. I gripped my camera in the passenger seat barking that we needed to stop at like, every single one of them but luckily my driver thinks ahead and new that we would never get to our campsite by dark if we stopped at every. single. pull-off. So we saved some stops for next time and even managed to sneak in a stop at Hana Farm's farm-to-table pizza stand to eat a delicious pie.


With full bellies we rushed to set up camp as the last light of the day crept behind the horizon. When the morning came we groggily made our way out of the tent to watch the sun rise over the Paciic. It was so quiet and kinda magical.


We hiked the Pipiwai trail in the afternoon and were welcomed into a charming bamboo forest and greeted by a 400 foot waterfall at the end.


The back half of the highway starts as rainforest, changes to high desert, and then goes back to rainforest again. I think a weather geek would be giddy on this whole stretch of the highway.


We had a blast and are excited to explore more areas next time!

** Photography peeps - all of these images were shot with the 50mm 1.4 lens and Canon 5d classic.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Maui - The Beginning

Our one month anniversary here just past and locals say that we've hit our first milestone. Next comes three months, then one year, and if we make it through these anniversaries then the island is apparently our oyster. Maui is a special, majestic place. This feeling of it being a special place comes up randomly, but enough times where you understand that there is a unique energy here. Maybe it's the clean ocean air or the waking up with the sun and watching the sun set, but whatever it is there's something about it.

Sunrise on our first morning on the island.

Our first few weeks were spent up in Haiku, a cute little hippie town where foliage grows like crazy due to high volumes of rain. The house was full of eclectic people and decor and we enjoyed getting to know an interesting group of people.


Ho'okipa lookout near our rental house in Haiku.

We found a cute little cottage to rent in the town of Kihei. It gets tons of natural light, has a huge lanai (deck), and lots of birds and cool foliage so we're in love. We even have our own coconut tree!



Zach's job has been going good, he's getting the warehouse in order - making sure everything is up to code plus a million other things that go into starting a new company. Nothing gets done too fast around here so I think he'll be glad when he doesn't have to be working with contractors anymore. This is the current state of his "office." Pretty fancy, eh?


We've been exploring different beaches and catching sunsets, grilling on our lanai, taking out our new (to us) tandem kayak, snorkeling in nearby reefs, getting our house furnished and decorated, and meeting new people here on the island. Life is good.



We celebrated our two year wedding anniversary watching the sunset in a tucked away cove we found at big beach. Zach and I have traveled to and explored a lot places in the short time we've been married and are excited to continue on this adventure in our beautiful new home here in Maui.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lake Superior Ice Caves

Last weekend Zach, Peter, Marianne and I took a roadtrip to the ice caves of lake superior. We arrived to the starting point mid-morning and got right to it. The mile walk on the stretch of coastline that leads to the ice caves was absolutely surreal. I couldn't help but think as I looked out at the vast lake that this must be how it feels to walk on a different planet. It was pretty awesome.


Once we reached the caves it was a different visual experience. The icicles that formed on the sandstone rocks were all different shapes, textures and colors. It was a great afternoon of exploring the different caves and intricacies of the icicle formations.