First off, Happy Leap Day! It only comes around once every four years so enjoy it. An extra day! What will you do with it? I took a walk with Jackson the Wonder Dog and am researching enjoyable ways to make money. How 'bout that?
VW did not send the video--having technical difficulties. So we have that hilarious video to look forward to.
I would like to wrap up the Hana saga today with a free-for-all of photos and some final thoughts on the whole adventurous beauty-packed day on the Maui East Coast.
|Typical tree hugger picture. I am glowing I am so excited.|
|I love the way the light illuminates the vine leaves like this. I think, but am not 100% positive , that this vine is called the Taro vine. Ancient beautiful tree.|
|Our first hike showed us this view. I thought the vegetation looked neat. I was still in my photo overload mode.|
|Ahh! The first waterfall we saw. It is but just a speck from here but later we drove past it, and I was not able to react fast enough to get a good shot. But I got this one from up the mountain. That's good enough.|
|Driving along the coast.|
|Oops, take it again. There's a little black sand beach. Better shot.|
|Take 1 of random pretty scenic driving. Water meets land, land meets water.|
|Take 2 of scenic coast shot.|
|I would just get so excited and have to take a picture of what we were driving through randomly. I loved all the green. I couldn't get enough. I wanted to capture moments.|
|Funky Dr. Seuss tree. This is my special tribute to Dr. Seuss.|
|"Spin it like a helicopter!" More funky Dr. Seuss trees to the right.|
|Funky Dr. Seuss trees holding hands, or branches. Siamese funky Dr. Seuss trees. Funky Dr. Seuss trees joined at the hip. Funky Dr. Seuss trees joined together for eternity, or at least a few thousand years.|
|Coconut Glen's sign. Happy little place with some great people.|
|Taking it all in. Enjoying the beauty.|
|These last pics were taken on my Blackberry because I ran out of room on W's phone. That is some little deserted island with one palm tree on it. One little lone palm tree. I though that was peculiar.|
|The black beach we thought was really neat. We want to try this beach out at some point. We were running out of time and getting hungry at this point.|
|The Banyan Tree. The massive, hugely gigantic, ancient Banyan Tree we encountered on the way up the mountain to the big-time waterfall that acted as the grand finale. This was our last hike, but not our last adventure.|
You can guess what I'm about to say, the goody tag line of the day, the little piece of cheese. The Road to Hana is not about getting to Hana. Hana is a cool little town, and we hope to stay there someday, but the attraction is the road trip. If I could take this wisdom of enjoying the ride with me every day, I would be an unabashedly joyful, present lady.
I forget this every day. I think it's the most important lesson of life: Don't spend all your time trying to get somewhere as fast as you can. By all means, go somewhere. But every step you take is meant to be enjoyed. In short, it's all about the journey. One day, certainly, you will look back and know this without a doubt.