August 29, 2013
Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
As a bonus, it allowed Caroline to check off one of the few remaining American states she'd not yet visited. Scott went to Maui with his friend John's family close to 30 years ago, at which time he thought to himself, "why would someone live in Michigan when it's possible to live here?". Even then, he knew he wasn't going to last in the Midwest much longer.
So, it was time to decide on island. A bit of research and many conversations with friends and family later, we narrowed it down to Maui and Kauai - Kauai for the dramatic scenery and outdoor activity possibilities, and Maui for the laid back Hawaiian vibe, and a few days of relaxed island living. This being our 15th anniversary, we went for laid back and promised ourselves we'd come back to Kauai with backpacks and hiking shoes for a completely different style of travel.
Island settled, tickets booked, time to go! Hawaiian Airlines did their best job to really make being in Hawaii seem extra fantastic by making their flight as uncomfortable as possible; the highlight being the complimentary mai tai before landing at 10:30 in the morning. Just an hour after we'd landed, we 'already' had our bags and were ready to go pick up our rental convertible for our stay.
First stop? Food truck plate lunch!
|Waiting for our plate lunches of coconut shrimp and chicken katsu|
|Caroline prefers her coconut shrimp with a view, hold the potato salad|
|Scott surprised Caroline at the rental car office with a convertible!|
|Scott agrees, this is better than the Chevy Spark that Caroline joked about wanting to rent|
|Mmmm, creamy, coconut-y cocktails at the Marriott|