Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Our Honeymoon: Maui, Hawaii. (Part 3)



Day 4

This day was Halloween! The hotel had a competition to see who could make the most creative pumpkin. Greg and I didn't participate, but here are three that we loved. 



This day, we decided to "rest" and get some pictures taken and some beach time. 










We got to hold birds! One of them had an "accident" as soon as I held him. They said many words and responded to questions!
Thank goodness it didn't get on my clothes!




During the evening, we had our first "Luau", which is a traditional Hawaiian party reserved for special occasions. According to tradition, it has to be in an open space (outside). Couples who were celebrating anniversaries, weddings, or honeymoons also got to wear a necklace (lei) made of beads and flowers. So fun!








And then... the host called all the couples who were celebrating an occasion, to come up and dance to the traditional Hawaiian love song. Out of all of us, only us and another couple were honeymooners'. We were married on the same day, too! :-) The man sitting beside us grabbed my camera and took some pictures of us (we had already made friends with him and the rest of the table)! SO thankful he captured this moment. 



Day 5

The next day, we woke up at 3:00 AM. You read it right. Three A.M.

We were ready in less than ten minutes. We then traveled by car/foot for about two hours to the peak of Mt. Haleakala, a dormant volcano! 10,000 ft. Ready to beat sunrise.

I really wish I had brought a tripod to take continuous, non-grainy pictures of the beautiful view above the clouds. Nevertheless, it was breathtaking - literally. The O2 levels were lower than normal and it was freezing up there. 




Here comes the sun!










We then headed back to the hotel, stopping at a local coffee place on the mountain-top.

I had to take a picture of this chair outside the coffee place. 
So dreamy.




After taking a nap, we headed for a road-trip to the north-western part of Maui. Three words of advise: don't do it! The Road to Hana has nothing on this road. To say it was scary is an understatement. Two hours of deep anxiety. Night time fell upon us as the road narrowed and narrowed and narrowed. There is a villa, in the middle of it, of about 100 people. The road is only available for 1 car. On one side, you have the mountain less than a foot away from your car, and on the other side, a 1000+ ft vertical cliff, no guardrails, again, about two to three feet away from your car. For most of the road, you can't back up - or you and your car will fall off the cliff. Thankfully, we didn't have too many cars coming the opposite direction. The views (and the thrill) are awesome, and if you get out of your car, you experience the full force of the Pacific Ocean winds - but the risk is not worth it. 

Phew. I can breathe now. Just thinking about this experience makes my heart race! Needless to say, I didn't take any pictures, as I was tightly grabbing the armrest for dear life. 

Day 6


Minnesota bound!


My heart overflows with gratitude. It was an incredible, humbling experience. The Lord's works are majestic; fully proclaiming His glory!

Thank you for allowing me to share with you!

Love,
Gabby


2 comments:

  1. Your pictures are gorgeous!!! I can relate getting up very early wanting to see certain beautiful nature sites, we did that too when we went to Alaska for our honeymoon. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday with your family:)

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    1. Thank you, Patty! Oh goodness, we also considered Alaska for our honeymoon! I thought we were crazy. ;-) I hope you also had a wonderful Thanksgiving day and weekend with your family!

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