COLUMN NOV/DEC 2019
Hawaiian Adventures Chris and Angie Return From Vacation Aloha! Angie and I just returned from our first trip to Maui, Hawaii, this fall, and we already cannot wait until we can make it back someday. (We may never make it back, but we can certainly hope. Fingers crossed!) While I had never been to Hawaii, Angie had visited years ago, but this eight-day trip was still new and exciting for both of us. My cousin got married in Hawaii this September, so our entire family made the lengthy trip to the islands to celebrate together. For Angie and me, this meant we had a 13-hour flight to essentially nap through, but the views and experiences were worth the trek. The wedding itself was gorgeous and right along the ocean. It was a great opportunity for my family to connect and make new memories in a place many of us may have never thought we could visit. Now, we have the memory of going together! We spent the wedding day making sure the bride was happy, and the number of pictures she has been posting on social media tells me she was thrilled. (She should be. It was a beautiful day!) We could not have asked for better weather during our entire trip. It was warmer than what people on the island were used to, but, as East Coast residents, we enjoyed the warm 80–90-degree days. When we weren’t celebrating a marriage, our days were spent snorkeling, taking helicopter rides, enjoying relaxing stints on the beach, and driving the Road to Hana. For those unfamiliar, the Road to Hana is a picturesque drive complete with 600 twists and turns, waterfalls, and oceanic views. The drive may not be suitable for those with queasy stomachs, but it’s perfect for tourists looking for idyllic Hawaiian landscapes.
My favorite part of the trip by far was swimming with the sea turtles. In Maui, they have a place called Turtle Point, where sea turtles congregate 20 feet off the beach in the coral reef. You’re not allowed to touch the turtles, but, as you paddle along in the ocean, the massive creatures swim up next to you, curious about who these new invaders are in their ocean home. The turtles we saw were younger and smaller, but they were still large animals, clocking in at about 4 feet long and about 500 pounds. Looking back, we had a fantastic trip, complete with wonderful weather and experiences. The island was very quiet during our visit, and we didn’t feel packed in with other tourists. Instead, we were on island time, enjoying breathtaking views, crystal blue waters, and relaxing beach days. That’s my kind of vacation and just what I needed as we prepare for a busy holiday season.
Have a wonderful holiday season, and, as they say in Hawaii, Mele Kalikimaka !
–Dr. Chris Colby
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