I usually try to keep this blog about running as much as possible…but last week, in Maui, I did pretty much no running. I ‘ran’ a 5k with my son, I ran 4 miles one morning…and that was it. I can’t remember the last time I ran less and I can’t remember the last time I felt more chilled out. I totally slacked and it was fab.
However I did learn several things over the course of the week.
1) We could potentially be beach people.
We are NOT beach people by nature, but an hour or so a day in Hawaii is pretty much bliss. The Dude learned to snorkel and I managed to handle my fears of going underwater via a submarine trip. But best of all, on our first day, the Dude was splashing about in the water and suddenly started yelling like a crazy person ‘Sea turtles, sea turtles’. Whilst he went ballistic, crowds gathered to see sea turtles in all their amazing glory. Totally brilliant.
2) The Husband is sometimes right
We’d planned a very tame little stroll in the Iao Valley State Park. But the Husband discovered a geocache about a mile’s hike into the dense jungle and up a mountain, so off we went. I have to be honest, I was NOT keen. I’m risk-averse by nature and I was very nervous of 1) spiders, 2) one of us falling, getting injured or dying and 3) anything else that I can’t control. So I very reluctantly followed the boys up a dirt trail through increasingly dense jungle. Several times I voiced my determination to turn back immediately but they called my bluff and kept climbing and so did I, increasingly grumpy, until somehow, a good hour or so later, we emerged onto a clearing at the top of the world and the view was so spectacularly beautiful that I immediately admitted I was wrong and the Husband had been right and that this place was incredible. Honestly…totally amazing. If you DO do this hike, wear shoes that can get muddy (we were filthy) and take water (oops). I saw no spiders at all and got back to the bottom grinning from ear to ear, if secretly relieved. Totally amazing.
3) I get really excited about trees
On the road to Hana, we discovered rainbow eucalyptus trees, which were so gorgeous that I honestly nearly cried. How have I gone 40 years not knowing these trees existed? One of my life highlights and I am not exaggerating. The next day, I saw my first Jacaranda tree and it was breathtaking. And then we hiked through a bamboo forest! All the trees, please.
5) My hair looks super-sexy with saltwater in it!
Somehow, I had no idea how amazing my hair looks after immersion in sea water. All wavy and not thin at all! Being totally vain here, but it made my day. Off to buy that Bumble & Bumble spray so I can recreate that look in the deepest suburbs.
6) I’m so glad I didn’t give up eating fish
I am SO glad that I am a pescetarian instead of a proper, bona-fide vegetarian. Because the fish on this island is amazing. Despite all the hype about posh restaurants, the best fish I had was from this food truck in Lahaina. Best meal of 2015 so far!
7) Macadamia nuts are good on everything
Like basil and cinnamon, I discovered that there’s nothing that they don’t make taste better. Banana bread and Mahimahi are just two good examples.
8) Cane spiders are utterly terrifying (NO PHOTOS!!)
There are no scary predators on Maui. No bears, no mountain lions, no rattlesnakes. But there are spiders. And after three specimens scuttled at high speed around our studio flat, terrifying me and unnerving even my non-arachnophobe husband, we will NOT be relocating here permanently as I was starting to plan.
9) I can beat the Husband at mini golf
It’s only taken ten years of marriage but FINALLY I won a game!
10) I really want to go back
Despite the spiders and despite the fact that we are not Beach People, I want to go back.