Maui Surprises

Maui’s abundance of microclimates assured us of unexpected changes in weather. Kamaole Beach was sunny and warm when we left for the Garden of Eden along the Hana Highway. It was still sunny when we arrived. After being greeted by several feathered members of the welcoming committee, we just had time for a very quick … More Maui Surprises

Maui Routine

Even though Maui certainly wasn’t a routine experience for us, we found a daily schedule helped us feel more settled and still allowed us to familiarize ourselves with various regions of the island. We walked the beach and/or pathways beside the beach early in the morning. When we were out by 6:30 a.m., we enjoyed … More Maui Routine

Maui’s ‘Iao Valley

This 2,250 foot ‘Iao Needle rising above the ‘Iao Valley is one of Maui’s most iconic spots. Clouds scuttled across the peak while we visited. I quickly snapped pictures in-between. This photo was the closest view we had at the end of the trail. During periods of warfare, warriors used this peak as a lookout. … More Maui’s ‘Iao Valley

Texas Bluebonnets

I’m taking a break from Maui for this week. Don’t worry, we’ll return to it shortly. What’s the reason for this interruption? The bluebonnets will soon be covering the pastures and roadsides of Texas with their carpet of blue. If you’d like to see those blue carpets, plan your trip now. Travel Tips Here are … More Texas Bluebonnets

Maui Welcome

“Feel that heat and humidity,” I said to no one in particular as I deplaned upon our arrival at Kahului Airport on Maui. A stewardess on the gangway nodded. “Yes, feel that,” she said with a smile. Maui’s warmth was decidedly different from the freezing temperatures we left behind in Seattle. For the past few … More Maui Welcome

The Liberty Bell

The famous Liberty Bell was originally called the “Old State House Bell.” When most people think of the Liberty Bell, they expect to see that iconic crack in it. Everyone wants a photo including the distinctive characteristic. It wouldn’t be the Liberty Bell without it. Most of us don’t realize that these bells were actually … More The Liberty Bell

Founding Personalities

In honor of Presidents’ Day the National Park Service at Independence National Historical Park (Philadelphia) has several activities scheduled for this weekend. One is a Gallery Tour at the 2nd Bank of the U.S. Portrait Gallery: “The Early Presidents” tour is scheduled for this Saturday, February 17, 2018. View details for it and several other … More Founding Personalities