In addition to my time at The Banana Bungalow, I was lucky to spend an additional week in Maui hanging out at my Aunt and Uncle’s house in Lahaina. I was really excited about this week for a lot of many reasons. First of all, I was getting to spent more time in Hawaii — hello! Second, I had been going full-force for some time, hopping from non-stop activities in Oahu to a jam-packed week in The Big Island before hopping over to hostel madness in Maui — I really needed some time to recharge and catch up on work. And really — can you think of a better office than this?
But most importantly of all, I was really looking forward to spending time with some family that quite frankly I hadn’t spent much one-on-one time with prior to this trip. My aunt and uncle — my mom’s brother and his wife — split their time between Chicago, Hawaii, and seemingly the rest of the world! They are on the move as much as I am, and so I hadn’t seen them in three years before this trip. They were part of the family I was referring to in number nine on my Happiness at Twenty Three list — I’ve really cherished developing adult relationships with various members of this wild family I am lucky enough to have.
And so my week fell into a very predictable pattern. In Hawaii something about the energy or my happiness there meant I didn’t sleep more than six hours a night, so I usually woke up between six and seven and went for a run along the waterfront. After, I worked the day away from the deck or by the pool with an afternoon break to swim or read or stroll through Lahaina town. Later, the family would gather for dinner or sunset drinks on the beach a few moments from the house. In a word, it was blissful.
But if you’ve been reading for a while, you know me — I can’t sit still for too long. I did have a few shake-ups in my week. First, my friend Paula from The Bungalow called me and told me she was going to go for it — she was getting that tattoo we talked about over drinks on the beach. A map of Hawaii, with each of the islands filled in as she returns to visit them all. I was so happy for her!
She drove into Lahaina town and we giddily made our way to the tattoo shop. I had actually never seen anyone get a tattoo before, so it was pretty exciting for me too. Living on the edge right here, am I right?
Afterwards, we celebrated with drinks with my aunt and uncle. They were pretty much Lahaina celebrities — we couldn’t go anywhere without people coming up to greet them!
Then, later in the week, right around the time I was starting to feel a little restless and my aunt generously offered to lend me her truck, another Bungalow friend called and said he too was feeling a little restless. So we set off, meandering mostly aimlessly around the island with some second-hand directions to a forest hike scribbled on a napkin.
The forest, when we did eventually find it, was mostly damaged in a fire and kind of a bust. But heading up-island in search of it, we stumbled upon a charming farm that wouldn’t have been out of place in my hometown of Albany, New York. Pumpkin picking, hay mazes, tractor rides…. and a distant view of some of the most beautiful islands in the South Pacific.
Do you know how rare it is that a week in an exotic destination will garner just one blog post? Not often, as the mass amounts of content I churn out here should tell you! But this week off in Lahaina was exactly what I needed to recharge for my one day adventure to yet another new island — Lanai! Stay tuned…
Long term travelers, do you ever take a week off to just recharge your batteries and not worry about doing anything blog-worthy?