Aloha! Ready for Part Two? Here we go!
On Saturday we went to the Maui Ocean Center. For being a small aquarium, they had a lot of little fishes and sea creatures and turtles. The manta rays had to be among my favorites. They had about five of them and I do not think I had ever had the opportunity to see the underside of one before. As we walked through the tunnel, they would swim right over us!
Our next big adventure was snorkeling at Molokini Crater. There is something slightly intimidating about sticking your face in the ocean… on purpose… but once my face went in, I did not want to take it out! It was amazing! There were little fishes everywhere! I definitely preferred being in the water to being on the boat. Unfortunately, the water was a little rough that day, so the boat ride was a little rough, but we all made it through without feeding the fishes, so I think it was a success!
There were a lot of tide pools around our condo, so in the evening we would walk around to see what we could find. There were many little fish and crabs and urchins. Mom loves looking for shells and coral, and she found some beautiful ones on this trip! Of course while we were down playing in the tide pools, it was always a perfect opportunity to watch the sunset, which we did every night while we were there. I do not think one could possibly tire of watching the sun set over such a beautiful ocean.
Jessica had mentioned some time ago that we should all get matching tattoos while we were in Hawaii. Much to my surprise, Mom agreed to it. So did I, although I must confess that I had thought they would forget. Or change their minds. They didn’t. So on our final day in Maui, we marched our little selves over to Pacific Rootz and got ourselves a permanent souvenir. We all have the same design, but Mom wanted some Polynesian accents with hers, and Jessica wanted hers a little bigger with some vines. I was the only one too chicken to add on, so mine is just the original pattern. So now we all have matching tattoos, all the same, and all just a little bit different.
I suppose no vacation can last forever, though, and eventually it was time to come back home. Not before one last sunset picture from the balcony of our amazing condo…
Two and a half years of planning a vacation that I was convinced would never actually get here, and now, not only has it come, but it has also gone. And I loved every single minute of it. It has left me with memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
So to my dad, I know a simple thank you will never be enough, but thank you, thank you, thank you so much for the most amazing vacation with Mom and Jessica. Thank you for all the wonderful opportunities and experiences. I do not think you will ever know how much I love and appreciate you. Mom and Jessica, you two are so amazing! I am so glad we were able to spend such an incredible week together. Mom, thank you so much for wanting us along on this trip with you. You could have gone with anyone, and it makes me feel so incredibly special that you chose us. I love you all so very much!