We have officially been married for 2 months and 5 days. It’s hard to believe that we used to go that long in between visits! Now we get to see each other every single day, and it seems like each day is better than the last (insert cheesy ‘awwwww’ here). I was looking through my journal this morning and read through a list of memories I wrote down at the airport as we were coming back from our honeymoon. I know it was a mere two months ago, but I wouldn’t mind heading back to paradise anytime soon. I just loved that the air in Maui was warm at any given time and it always smelt like flowers and happiness. Tanner and I made a lot of wonderful memories in Maui during our first week of marriage, so I thought I’d share some!
We decided to take a very relaxed approach to planning this vacation, aka none. We had enough of that ‘planning’ business when it came to the wedding, so the honeymoon became one week-long spontaneous adventure. Most days we just got in the car with some sort of rough plan and took the day as it came.
Sometimes adventuring got a little exhausting…afternoon naps were a daily occurrence…
In Maui lots of people wake up in the middle of the night and drive up Mt. Haleakala in time for the sunrise. Yaaaaaa…we’re not those people. But we did make it up this crazy huge mountain and see some fantastic views at a reasonable time during the day. Aside from the fact that it was the one time in Hawaii where I legitimately felt cold, it really was spectacular. The mountains are so different looking from anything at home, and Tanner felt like a racecar driver on the road curving it’s way up the mountain…or maybe he would have if we had splurged a little more on the rental car…
The beaches in Maui were amazing! I hadn’t been to Hawaii before, but Tanner said compared to the other islands the beaches in Maui were practically deserted. One day we found this secret beach, with barely anyone on it. At one point we were the only ones in the water. The water was crystal clear and so perfect, we wondered if maybe we missed a shark sighting or something- why else would we be the only ones enjoying the beach! Well the only other explanation is that it was our honeymoon and the universe seemed pretty determined to make it the best week ever.
We went on a snorkeling tour one day. Recently marrying an expert scuba diver made me want to prove that I can get in the water and hang out with fish too. Truth be told, the other couple times I had tried snorkeling involved a lot of hyperventilation and panic. But we decided to try it anyways. Luckily Tanner was patient and very good at helping me keep my cool in the water. We were able to see all sorts of fish, colorful coral, and even some giant turtles.
One day we drove part of the Road to Hana. Whenever we told people we were going on our honeymoon to Maui, without fail, they told us we just HAD to drive the Road to Hana. For those who don’t know, it’s this crazy little road that winds on a cliff above the ocean and through the thick jungle. It’s an all day affair, so we decided we would just drive part of the way. We only drove about 16 km of it before we decided it all looked the same. Don’t get me wrong, it was beautiful, but my favorite part was stopping at a place called Twin Falls. It was only about a 15 minute hike into the falls. Once there, we jumped in and swam under the waterfall. It was very romantical. It was one of those ‘is this real life?’ kind of moments. Hawaii seemed to produce a lot of those.
Of course, we couldn’t go to Hawaii without attending a luau. We sat under the sunset, watched a cultural production, and gorged ourselves full of food. Our favorite part were these strawberry (virgin) drinks we got at the open bar. Oh, and of course seeing a big pig cooked in a pit was pretty cool.
The place we stayed was amazing as well. (are you getting the hint that there wasn’t really anything in Hawaii that’s not amazing?) We were right across the street from the beach, but of course if we were salt-watered out we had a pool as an option. Every morning we woke up and went for a walk along the shore. I couldn’t get over the palm trees and flowers. Paradise, my friends, it was paradise.
But like all good things, the honeymoon did come to an end. Here we are exhausted from our red-eye flight, just having landed in Vancouver. Despite our faces we were pretty stoked to be home and finally able to settle into our place together! Maui will always hold a special place in our hearts as where we started our marriage. Hopefully we can go back again some day and enjoy it’s magic again. Till then, Aloha Maui!