Janet Davis Cleaners - May 2019

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MAY 2019

TOTEM POLES, TURTLES, AND MOUNTAINTOP SUNRISES: My Favorite Vacation Spot

Since exploring new places is a pastime I greatly enjoy, I figured what better way to acknowledge National Tourism Day on May 7 than to talk about my favorite place to vacation: Maui. I’ve only been there once, but that was all it took for me fall in love with the island and the amazing scenery it has to offer. Laura and I made the decision to go approximately 9 years ago, a couple years before our oldest daughter was born. She has visited all the islands at one point or another throughout her life, so she gave me the opportunity to pick which island(s) we would visit. I’d remembered her mentioning that Maui was her favorite, so rather than take a little hopper plane from island to island, I decided I wanted to stick with Maui and see all it had to offer. “As I was out there exploring the colorful reefs, keeping an eye out for various types of fish, I saw two sea turtles!” Interestingly, we actually got a souvenir during our first day on the island. We came across this guy who was carving a small tiki. Upon seeing his handiwork, Laura and I apparently shared the same thought because we both were interested in buying it. The gentleman was approximately

halfway through carving, so once we inquired, he asked how he could customize the second half to make it valuable to us. We gave him some ideas and came back two hours later to pick it up. Finding this handmade piece was one of the coolest parts of the trip, and in fact, it still sits in the foyer of our home today! The rest of our time there was an absolute dream. We had made plans to go on a guided charter to snorkel with sea turtles. To prepare, we decided to rent our own gear a few days prior and get our sea legs ready. After swimming around for a bit, Laura returned to the sandy beach, but I opted to stay out for a little longer. As I was out there exploring the colorful reefs, keeping an eye out for various types of fish, I saw two sea turtles! When I returned to the beach and told Laura, she was flabbergasted. She said that it is really rare to see turtles and that, even on chartered trips, you sometimes don’t find any. Lo and behold, the day we went with guides, we only saw one sea turtle. I think back on that day when I went snorkeling on my own and feel so lucky that I was in the right place at the right time. In addition to the handmade trinket and once-in-a-lifetime snorkeling experience, my favorite part of the trip was watching the sunrise from top of Haleakala, Maui’s tallest mountain. The sunrises there are particularly

known for their beauty, so, due to the number of people hoping to witness them, the national park has created two lookouts. Once the upper lookout is full, they close it so viewers have to watch from the lower one. Purely by accident, Laura and I got up there early enough to get into the upper section before it closed. As we waited for the sun to rise, we thought that it seemed that everyone else traveled from warmer climates because even though it was 55 degrees with low wind, everyone was under blankets, missing the whole scene! Because we were situated up above the clouds, we could see the entire island. Breathtaking doesn’t even seem like an adequate word to describe it. In fact, I still use several of the photos I took that day as computer backgrounds! Once the girls are a little bit older, Laura and I are planning to take a trip back, and I, for one, can’t wait!

–Kyle Matthews 1 (248) 543-0340

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